24 September, 2020

Chokehold Of The State

With unusual enthusiasm, Gujarat goes after activist-couple Teesta and Javed

Chokehold Of The State

Whereof And Why

  • Teesta Setalvad, a Padma Shri, is a rights activist fighting for victims of communal violence. She’s the grand­-daughter of M.C. Setalvad, India's first attorney general
  • Her last job was at Business India, her husband Javed’s at The Sunday Observer
  • They have been running the advocacy journal Communalism Combat
  • Their Sabrang Trust and CJP have received Rs 9,74,75,100 over 10 years
  • Of this, the contested amount is Rs 3,85,00,896, roughly Rs 38.5 lakh p.a.


What can explain the over-enthusiasm of the Gujarat police in investigating a case of alleged cheating involving amounts claimed to range from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 3 crore? Or the insistence, for that matter, of the Gujarat High Court that Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, perhaps India’s best-known activist couple, who run Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), be arrested and subjected to...



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