What Makes an Urban Naxal?

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What Makes an Urban Naxal?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


rban Naxal. The two words are causing havoc in the national discourse.

It all started with synchronised multi-city raids on Tuesday evening that led to the arrest of five prominent activists, who have worked for the rights of Dalits, tribals, and political prisoners. Lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj, activist-lawyer Vernon Gonsalves, poet Varavara Rao, human rights activist Gautam Navlakha, and human rights activist-lawyer Arun Ferreira were all held in connection to the Bhima-Koregaon violence under the controversial Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. And though no evidence has been provided against them, it seemed enough to brand them urban Naxals.