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[21 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 36,425 views]
Select Writings of K Balagopal

A Tribute to K Balagopal

Select Writings of India’s one of the finest human rights activists
Revolutionary Violence | State Repression | Maoist Movement | Land Acquisition | Tribals | Caste | Chhattisgarh | Gujarat | Kashmir | Judiciary
Contents :
Editorial : Quintessential radical
Mired in corruption
Right to health : Does it exist for the poor?
Beyond violence and non-violence
Maoist movement in Andhra Pradesh
Have we heard the last of the peace talks?
Did the police have the last laugh?
Illegal acquisition in tribal areas
The Evil is intact
Physiognomy of violence
The NHRC on Salwa Judum: …

Editorial »

[21 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 10,422 views]

He was uncompromisingly political. His politics was guided by an equally uncompromising living paradigm of philosophical humanism. This theory and praxis of humanism guided his radical politics.
His journey against the organised and one-dimensional violence unleashed by the State and radical, underground Naxalite politics, towards an imaginative and creative engagement with grassroots politics, human rights, women’s empowerment, gender justice, communal fascism and globalisation, transformed into a higher form of direct, non-violent political and academic engagement. This was a man of qualities engaging with darkness at noon, still looking for collective enlightenment, …

tribals »

[21 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 5,588 views]
Balagopal Support pillar for tribals

The news of K Balagopal’s demise had been a big blow to the adivasi movement and the struggle of the tribals. He had been a tremendous support to the tribals who silently cope with exploitation, oppression and violence in their daily lives. Balagopal drew attention to an issue that most people failed to understand about the ecological balance: it is the trees and not the forests that are important. The lone solution of resumption of forestland from the possession of tribals to rejuvenate forests does not address the questions like …

In Memoriam »

[21 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | 19,496 views]
Balagopal : A one in a century rights activist

K. Balagopal metamorphosed from a committed believer in the Naxalbari movement to a human rights activist, defining the terms of his transition. In doing so, he rejected the choice of social transformation by violence, opting instead for such change through a struggle for rights. But the problem is that rights campaigns by themselves will not lead to social transformation. As a lawyer, Balagopal showed himself as the only lawyer of the poor of his generation with a reputation for competence. The poor knew that he was about the one lawyer …