The raid on Teesta Setalvad and her associates on the basis of flimsy and non-existent charges, is a further criminal act on Human Rights Defenders which is motivated and a wanton misuse of power. Instead of lauding Teesta and her associates for exposing the communal killings in Gujarat 2002 when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister, the NDA has decided to make Teesta a scapegoat.
It should be noted that then CM Modi was never interrogated for his inability to protect the Muslims, either by the police or the Nanavati Commission. Like many I strongly protest against this motivated campaign against a leading Human Rights Defender, and call on all secular and democratic people to voice their strong protest and solidarity with Teesta, Javed and their associates.
Kamal Mitra Chenoy