Top economists appeal for signing petition against arrest of activists

Two top economists Prof Arun Kumar, a foremost expert on black money, and current Malcolm Adisheshiah Chair Professor at Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, and Prof Kamal Nayan Kabra, who was Malcolm Adiseshiah Chair Professor (2010-17) at the institute and was previously at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, have sought more support for the petition currently being signed following the arrest of defenders of democratic rights from many cities.
"The charges seem to be concocted and that is why one fears that these arrests are only to silence voices of dissent and those who defend democratic rights. It is also a signal to others to not be critical of the government", Prof Kumar has said, adding, "I have known some of the people arrested, for a long time, and have never sensed that they in any way propagated violence of any kind."
He says, "Even if the courts release them later on due to lack of evidence, it would be undue harassment of these defenders of democratic rights", seeking support by signing the protest letter which can be accessed HERE. He adds,  "We need to show the authorities that people will stand up and not be cowed down by threats of harassment."

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