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Statement condemning the Targeting and Vilification of Harsh Mander by Narendra Modi

Statement condemning the Targeting and Vilification of

Harsh Mander by Narendra Modi

N Delhi,

12th, June, 2013


With great pride we would like to put on record that the work of our colleague and friend , for the last several years, both inside the Government as a civil servant, as well as outside the Government as a policy maker, researcher and activist has been, that of promoting in the most ethical way, non-violent ways of ensuring justice to survivors of violence due to their gender, class, caste, religious group, ethnicity or nationality. The most prominent violence which Harsh’s work has highlighted has been the one committed on the vulnerable by both the State and Society due to their invisibility, whether they be the homeless, the destitute, the old or street people.

It is shocking that the “aspirant PM” Narendra Modi has been targetting Harsh for the last week calling him a Maoist. Thus trying to belittle his work, raising doubts about him and villifying his name in public. This targetting of individuals and organisations and vilifying them is not new, earlier too he had spewed venom against Syeda Hammed, Teesta Setalvad and Shabnam Hashni amongst the several and now the new whipping boys are Harsh Mander and Dr. Binayak Sen.

The hiring of Padma, a single poor woman, estranged from her husband, as a care giver in one of the 45 Institutions for street and abandoned children run by Aman Biradari, is being twisted and used by Modi to prove that Harsh is a Maoist sympathiser. The latest spin that Harsh Mander is in any way involved with the Maoists and that he may have had anything to do at all with the abduction of Vineel Krishna, the then District Collector of Malkangiri is patently false, concocted and the figment of a very perverted imagination.

This absolutely absurd claim and false connection being made by Modi only exposes his brand of politics which is seeped, in his parent organisation the RSS from where Mr. Modi has learnt to distort facts and spread hate. His anger against Harsh also clearly goes back to the latter’s work in Gujarat struggling over ten years to ensure justice to those affected by the 2002 communal genocide. It maybe recalled that Harsh had left the prestigious civil services in 2002 and plunged himself in Gujarat and other parts of in order to quell communal fire from spreading and working towards justice and rehabilitation of the survivors.

It goes without saying that this vilification of Harsh for partisan electoral politics be stopped. It is vital for all to understand that the perils of allowing such politics to take centre stage where democratic rights of people are attacked, impacting their right to work as they choose, amounts to an attack on the very basis of our country’s plural existence. We hope that such politics will not be promoted by political parties and the media so that people can continue to work freely for public good.

We are,

All names are in Alphabetical order



  1. Abhay Kumar, Right to Food Campaign Karnataka
  2. Akhila Sivadas, Centre for Advocacy and Research, N
  3. Ankita Agarwal, Researcher, N Delhi
  4. Annie Raja, National Federation for Indian Women, N Delhi
  5. Anuradha Talwar, New Trade Union Initiative, N Delhi
  6. Anjali Bharadwaj, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information, NDelhi
  7. Apoorvanand, Prof. University of Delhi
  8. Arun Gupta and Radha Holla, Breast Feeding Promotion Network of India),
  9. Arundhati Dhuru and Ulka Mahajan, National Alliance of People’s Movements,
  10. Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey and Shanker Singh,  Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Rajasthan
  11. Asha Mishra, Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, N.Delhi
  12. Ashok Bharti, National Conference of Dalit Organizations, N Delhi
  13. Ashok Khandelwal, Rozi Roti Sandharbh Kendra, Rajasthan
  14. Balram, Gurjeet Singh and James Herenj (Jharkhand)
  15. Bhanwar Singh, Astha, Udaipur
  16. Bidyut Mohanty, SPREAD, Orissa
  17. Bindu Singh, Right to food Campaign, Uttar Pradesh, 
  18. Biraj Patnaik, Centre Equity Studies, NDelhi
  19. Chingmak Chang, ECS, Nagaland
  20. Clifton, Alternative law forum, Bangalore
  21. Colin Gonsalves, Human Rights Law Network, Delhi
  22. Dheeraj, Coordinator Right to Food Campaign, N Delhi
  23. Dipa Sinha, Ph.D Scholar, JNU
  24. Fr. Jothi SJ and Mr. Saradindu Biswas, Right to Food and work campaign, West Bengal
  25. Gangabhai, Social Activist, Chhattisgarh
  26. G V Ramanjaneyulu, Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture,
  27. Himanshu, Associate Professor,  JNU
  28. Jean Dreze, Economist, Allahabad University
  29. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Human rights activist, Mumbai
  30. Kavitha Kurughanti, Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture
  31. Kavita Srivastava, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Rajasthan
  32. M Kodandram,  Academic, Central University, Hyderabad
  33. Madhuresh, NAPM
  34. Madhuri Krishnaswamy, Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan
  35. Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Badwani
  36. Mira Shiva, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, N Delhi
  37. Mukta Srivastava, Anna Adhikar Abhiyan, Maharashtra
  38. Nishat Hussein, National Muslim Women’s Welfare Society, Jaipur
  39. Paul Divakar and Asha Kowtal, National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights,
  40. 40. Pushpa, Dharmender, Ramendra, Yogesh, Vimla and Sarita (Delhi),
  41. Prof. Mohammed Hasan, Independent Scholar, Jaipur
  42. Prem Krishan Sharma, PUCL, Rajasthan
  43. Radha Kant Saxena, PUCL, Rajasthan
  44. 44. Raj Kishore Mishra, Rupantar, Orissa
  45. Rama Melkote, Prof. Central University, Hyderabad
  46. 46. Reetika Khera, Economist, N Delhi
  47. Rupesh, Koshish, Bihar,
  48. 48. Sachin Jain, Vikas Smawad, Madhya Pradesh,
  49. 49. Sameer Garg, Chaupal, Chhattisgarh
  50. Saito Basumaatary, People’s Rights Forum, Guwahati
  51. Sejal Dand and Sumitra Thakkar, Anna Adhikar Suraksha Abhiyan, Gujarat
  52. Shabnam Hashmi, Anhad
  53. Swapan Ganguly, Paschim Banga Khet Mazdoor Samiti, WB
  54. Subhash Bhatnagar, National Campaign Committee for Unorganized Sector workers
  55. Sunil Kaul, The Ant, Assam,
  56. Suresh Sawant, Rationing Kruti Samiti, Maharashtra,
  57. Tarun Bharatiya, Film Maker, Meghalaya,
  58. V Suresh, PUCL, Tamil Nadu,
  59. Veena Shatrugna, Nutritionist expert, Hyderabad
  60. 60. Vidhya Das, Agragamee, Orissa
  61. Vijay Lakshmi, RTI Manch, Rajasthan, Jaipur
  62. Vinod Raina, Educationist, NDelhi
  63. Vipul Mudgal, Senior Fellow, CSDS

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Comments (45)

  1. Kavita Krishnan

    I endorse. Kavita Krishnan, AIPWA

  2. I endorse the statement.
    Asad Zaidi, Writer and Publisher. Delhi

  3. Nalini Taneja

    In solidarity
    Nalini Taneja, Delhi University.

  4. Pradeep Esteves

    Endorsing the statement. Pradeep Esteves, Context India, Bangalore

  5. Pervin Varma

    Harsh is one person who’s relentless passion and commitment is a constant encouragement, in the midst of all the insanity around us. That he can be vilified in this manner is unthinkable.
    Pervin Varma
    Citizens for Peace (CFP)

  6. Endorsing the statement
    Anjali Monteiro

  7. ravi

    There are few in the country who can stand up and be counted as a true democratic citizen of the country than Harsh. His passion and belief in a just, equitable and humane society and a complete willingness to act on these ideals is quite unmatched. Ravi

  8. Endorsing

    N. Jayaram, Journalist, Bangalore

  9. Anu Fern

    I endorse. Anu Fern

  10. Lakshmi Lingam

    I endorse the statement.

    Lakshmi Lingam

  11. Hari Menon

    In support.
    Hari Menon, writer and editor, Bangalore

  12. Thelma Narayan

    I endorse this statement. Thelma

  13. Mansi Sharma

    Plz add my name. Mansi Sharma, Activist, Delhi

  14. Fr Cedric Prakash ,Director PRASHANT , Gujarat

    I ENDORSE this statement
    Fr Cedric Prakash sj
    PRASHANT Ahmedabad

  15. prakasam m g

    Any one who has come across Harsh Mander,s work cannot afford to label him as an extremist of any brand what so ever and the statement above is fully endorsed Harsh is one among the few leading lghts who have made a first hand account of the pulse of the worst affected in the society irrespective of gender or any other considerations

  16. Abhijit Jayant

    Harsh should be sacked. Bloody Maoists now policy makers. Wtf?…I do not endorse. He should be tried for treason. Traitor….abhi


    modi has no right to speak on peace and rights activist.

  18. Amitadyuti Kumar

    I endorse the statement

  19. SUBHASH LOMTE , Samajwadi jan Parishad/ Natioanal Campaign Committee for Rural Workers

    I Endorse

  20. Lyndon Saldanha

    I have no hesitation to endorse Harsh’s great work……to be vilified in this manner by Naredara Modi is very sad and in bad taste – Modi’s brand of politics is not good for us nor the country. Lyndon Saldanha

  21. Nalini Visvanathan

    I endorse the petition. Harsh Mander’s integrity is unimpeachable. Modi’s vilification is politically motivated and totally baseless.

  22. Francis Parmar

    I’ve witnessed Harsh’s work in Gujarat and I fully endorse the statement.

  23. sarojini N

    Sarojini N Jan Swasthya Abhiyan

  24. Gratian Vas

    I endorse

  25. Adithya P

    I endorse. Adithya P, Researcher, Bangalore

  26. endorsing, in solidarity, Chandni Mehta, Delhi University

  27. Geraldine Rose

    Politics and greed! Harsh Mander seems to be a courageous man trying to be a decent human being. I support his work and condemn this attack.

  28. Neelanjana Mukhia, New Delhi

    Please add my name. Neelanjana Mukhia, New Delhi

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  30. Anubha Rastogi

    I endorse. Anubha Rastogi, Lawyer, Mumbai

  31. Dr.Mohan Rao

    I endorse this.
    Mohan Rao, professor, JNU, New Delhi.

  32. Pushkar raj

    I endorse the statement
    Pushkar raj
    Researcher, Melbourne Australia

  33. Ranvir Singh

    I endorse the statement.
    Ranvir Singh
    Researcher, SADED (South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy)

  34. Anil Sadgopal, All India Forum for Right to Education, Bhopal

    I endorse.

  35. M. Kumaran

    In Endorse this. Please add my name.
    M. Kumaran, Program Coordinator, Oxfam India.

  36. Nisha

    I endorse. Dr. Nisha Gupta, Public Health Consultant

  37. Neha Naqvi

    I endorse this statement. Neha Naqvi , Activist, New Delhi

  38. Swarup R Pal, Manjari, Bundi, Rajasthan

    I endorse the statement and the protest

  39. Anjali Noronha

    I endorse the statement.


    Why these great persons do not protest against corporate tyranny? Don’t they know that the nexus between corrupt politicians, hang dog media & tyrant corporate is the biggest menace before common Indians.

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