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[Updated on August 26, 2008]

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Playing into the Sangh's hands
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International Contacts:

* Association of Writers - The Pen

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Scholars at Risk Network * Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR)

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Dont Give In
(Editorial, The Times of India, August 26, 2008)

The harassment of Husain
(Editorial, The Hindu, August 26, 2008)

Sahamat Exhibit on MF Hussain Attacked - Join the Protest on 25 August
(Press Statement by SAHMAT, August 24, 2008)

Works of MF Hussain Excluded from India Art Summit
(A statement by SAHMAT, August 21, 2008)

Release Ajay TG

Statement by Academics and Activists on the Harassment of Ashis Nandy and a Demand for Withdrawal of Spurious Charges Levied Against Him (Released by Professor Veena Das, June 16, 2008)

Don’t Let Them Silence Taslima Nasreen - Stand Up For The Sake Of Freedom Of Expression In India:
An SACW compilation of opinions and statements
(November 27 - Dec 6, 2007)

Attack on Chandra Mohan / Fine arts Faculty, MS University, Baroda
On-line Petition to the Governer of Gujarat - Attack on M. S. University Autonomy

Artists gather in Delhi to protest baroda vandalism by fundamentalists

Artists protest meeting in Bombay in May 2007

Attack on Art by Anupama Katakam (June 1, 2007)

14 May Delhi Petition condemns assault on freedom of expression (May 22, 2007)

Beauty And The Beast by Anil Dharker (May 16, 2007)

Romila Thapar seeks Kalam's intervention in Vadodara issue (May 16, 2007)

Hurt sentiments and moral policing (May 16, 2007)

'Free art, fight fascism'
Times of India (15 May, 2007)

Will they blow up Khajuraho?
by Peter Ronald DeSouza (May 15, 2007)

Art in Arms (May 15, 2007)
by Pragya Paramita

Abandoned to the mob
by Rekha Rodwittiya (May 15, 2007)

Artists protest in Bangalore (May 15, 2007)

Art Student Freed but the tussle is on

Freedom of expression
by Mallika Advani (May 14, 2007)

Painting the art world red
by Ranjit Hoskote (May 13, 2007)

State’s artists and academicians condemn MSU episode in unison

Baroda University Seals exhibit of Ancient Indian Art

Fine Arts Faculty of M. S. University Under Siege.
Statement by Baroda's Citizens Groups (May 12, 2007)

Accused by Hindutva thugs - Baroda Arts students arrested
CNN-IBN (May 11, 2007)

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Sex, Religion and the Moral Police
by Vir Sanghvi (April 21, 2007)

Scissor Happy
by Premankur Biswas
The Baroda incident is one of the many incidents of oppression of art, mention art historians in Kolkata

The Harrassment of MF Hussain

MF Hussain, Hindu right and the courts of law- 2 editorials

James Laine's book under renewed threat

Maharashtra style Moditva
by Suhas Palshikar (
May 17, 2007)

The power of books
Editorial, Economic Times (May 1, 2007)


Campaign to terrorize a theatre group: A request for Action
A letter by Madeha Gauhar (April 27, 2007)

Pakistan bans satire about burqas (April 26, 2007)

Anger at Pakistan burka play ban (BBC News - April 27, 2007)

[Parzania] Blocked . . . by Darshana Chaturvedi (February 3, 2007)

Returning Indian painter to face fury of Hindus by Jo Johnson
(December 12 2006)

‘Moral police’ going out of their way to harass those going out

by Hina Farooq
(November 29, 2006)

Mallika Sarabhai’s play faces Censor heat by Jumana Shah
(November 19, 2006)

The communalisation of censorship in India by Amardeep Singh
(August 2006)

Censorship of Writers in Andhra Pradesh by Maha Jabeen
(June 29 - July 3, 2006)

India: Filmmakers win legal battle against
Censor requirement at National Film Awards

July 2006

Back To Emergency?
"Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill 2006", prepared by the I&B ministry, gives sweeping draconian powers to the government to effectively pre-censor and cripple media organizations.
by Prashant Bhushan  

(July 6, 2006)

Ban on the Book is Deplorable by Tariq Rehman
(July 4, 2006)

Petition to Stop Madras Institute of Development Studies’ witch hunt against Professor Radhakrishnan
(July, 2006)

Security for Taslima after imam announces reward on her head
(June 24, 2006)

Hindu Law Board offers Rupee 51 crore for killing MF Hussain
(February 23, 2006)

Attempt to vandalise art gallery in Ahmedabad
(February 13, 2006)
BJP Demands Hussain's Arrest
(February 8, 2006)

Virtual Assaults by Nandagopal N Menon
(January 28, 2006)

Mallika Sherawat faces moral police
(15 Jan, 2006)

Another book on Shivaji by James Laine's Banned
(January 9, 2006)
Wise King, but foolish Subjects by Ananya Vajpeyi
(January 18, 2006)


PEN is concerned about protests over the filming of Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (July 2006)

Historians Michael Witzel and Steve Farmer face the wrath of the Hindu right for opposing injection of Hindutva in School textbooks in California
Now, Hindu Nationalists Rewriting California Textbooks

by Angana Chatterji (January 8, 2006)

Historian - Mubarak Ali faces harassement
An Interview with Dr Mubarak Ali
(November 2005)

Tehrik e Niswan Pakistani cultural group told to go home
(December 2005)

On Culture-policing in Tamil Nadu (November 28, 2005)

Court moves to protect Indian Actress Khushboo
(November, 2005)
AIDWA extends support to Khushboo (November 18, 2005)

Pakistan 'moral laws' spark row  - BBC News
(July 11 2005)

Film-kiss star demands protection
A Pakistani actress asks her government for protection after reportedly receiving death threats for a film kiss.(March, 2005)

Hullabaloo over the English Play Behzti
(December 21, 2004)

Online Petition for justice to Dr. Bernard D'Mello, a professor of management and economics who was victimised by his institute's administration for challenging promotion of its communal agenda


Bangladesh: Debating the Ahmadiyya ban by Naeem Mohaiemen and Zafar Sobhan (June 14, 2004)

Ahmadiyya books banned (January 9, 2004)

India: Secret society
March 27, 2004)

A Fair Unfair to Books by Mukul Dube (February 28, 2004)

James Laine's Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India
and the attack on the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute

Terror By Law by Dilip Chitre (March 24, 2004)

The mob as censor by Ranjit Hoskote (February 11, 2004)

Politics of vandalism by Anupama Katakam (Frontline of 17-30 January)

Pleasures of a burning book by Rohit Gupta (January 15, 2004)

Rape of culture leaves city in shock by Ketaki Ghoge(January 5 , 2004)

India: Scholar destroys own work on Shivaji [following strong Arm tactics by Shiv Sena] by Manjiri Damle (December 27, 2003)

Myth against history - The Times of India

India: Playwright Tendulkar in BJP gunsight (December 13, 2003)

Taslima Nasrin Responds to her book ban in West Bengal (November 29, 2003)

India: Malika Sarabhai under attack by the Hindutva Laden govt in Gujarat: [The BJP controlled Gujarat government's harassement of the noted danseuse Mallika Sarabhai for her concerted stand against communalism. See Fact sheet and FAQs]

India: Gujarat censor board bans Maulana Azad play by Nina Martyris (November 19, 2003)
Docu-maker faces VHP's wrath (Oct 24, 2003)
VHP activists heckle Godhra documentary filmmaker

Times of India, India - Oct 20, 2003

Campus takeover
Pakistan's fundamentalists are on the rise
by Miranda Kennedy (October 5, 2003)

Nafisa Ali charged by the BJP led govt in Gujarat for inciting hate

Habib Tanvir:

Paul Zacharia

Professor Sheikh in Pakistan

Pakistan's Blasphemy Law: Words Fail Me
By Akbar S. Ahmed (May 19, 2002)

Akhtar Hameed Khan:

Pervez Hoodbhoy on Religious Orthodoxy and the Fundamentalist menace to Science in Pakistan & Muslim countries

Salman Rushdie


Press Release | 12 July 2003 CONDEMN the spread of Fascism in India Condemn the VHP attack on filmmaker Gopal Menon and his team

Mahesh Bhatt's Zakhm

On Deepa Mehta's Film Fire:

07 Feb 00 |  South Asia Shooting of Indian film banned (BBC)

Freedom under Fire: Smokescreen for hidden agenda. Shabana Azmi writes in the Times of India, 17 Dec 1998.

Anand Patwardhan's films

MF Hussain

- Assault on art
The bizarre attack by Hindutva forces at the home of M.F. Husain in Mumbai has once again brought the issue of freedom of artistic expression into focus.

Indian artist upsets sensibilities
A controversial Muslim artist is under attack in India after painting a nude portrait of a Hindu goddess.
BBC  |  08/07/1998

Sri Lanka bans transvestite film
The authorities in Sri Lanka have banned a controversial film based on the true story of a female transvestite.

Fundamentalist Hindu party says Pakistani artists not welcome
The governing party in India's western state of Maharashtra, the Hindu fundamentalist Shiv Sena, says that it's determined to stop Pakistani artists and sports-people performing in India.
BBC  |  27/04/1998

Mani Ratnam's Bombay releases after it is cleared by Shiv Sena chief Bal Thakeray (1995) 

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