Mainstream, VOL LII No 30, July 19, 2014
Need to Support Doon Old Boys’ Campaign for Release / Better Treatment of Kobad Ghandy
Sunday 20 July 2014, by
Kobad Ghandy, a highly learned scholar and a member of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), is at present imprisoned in Tihar jail. From his desolate jail-cell he has contributed several widely appreciated articles which have been published in the Mainstream.
Kobad Ghandy was educated at the famous Doon School, Dehradun and St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Some of his former classmates at Doon School have got together to initiate a campaign for the release of Ghandy. If this is not possible, the campaign is asking for better essential facilities for Ghandy keeping in view his health problems.
Kobad Ghandy is 67 years old. He is suffering from arthritis, a slipped disc and spondylosis. Recently he underwent cataract surgery.
This campaign has argued that there is no evidence of Ghandy’s involvement in violent activities of the Maoists. There is evidence of a false identity case for which he has already spent four years in jail.
Doon Old Boys have also approached the National Human Rights Commission. Their demand should be widely supported, together with the wider demand for the better care of all political prisoners.
C-27, Raksha Kunj,