ICWI – Newswire 10

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Here’s what you will find inside Newswire 10

  1. 1. This Month in History, by Ratik
  2. 2. Spotlight: Boston South Asian
    Coalition, Rana Khan
  3. 3. Harsh Mander: in conversation with Rana Khan
  4. 4. Bhima Koregaon Case: Cartoon & Petition
  5. 5. Land, caste, class and gender – Gail Omvedt’s writings were united in their vision of utopia, by V. Geetha
  6. 6. “Blackout (September 1965)”: A Poem (by Faiz) On A War Outside and A War Within, by Salman



NETALERT: Arrests Made Over Evidence Planted by Hackers

Open an Investigation into NetWire attack on the computers of the Bhima Koregaon arrestees!
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To: Parliamentary Subcommittee on Information Technology
We, the undersigned, demand that the parliamentary subcommittee on Information Technology open an investigation into the NetWire attack on the computers of the Bhima-Koregaon arrestees. There is overwhelming evidence that a malware attack took place. One of the world’s leading digital forensic investigation agencies, Arsenal Consulting, has conducted a thorough investigation and brought to light crucial evidence confirming the attack and the planting of incriminating documents on the hard drives of the Bhima-Koregaon arrestees. Independent experts have verified Arsenal’s findings. While Pegasus has been used to attack our democracy by snooping on leaders and common folk alike, the NetWire attack is arguably even more heinous in that it goes beyond surveillance and into direct assault on the life and liberty of citizens through the planting of evidence. Those responsible must be named and held accountable for these attacks.

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The above cartoon published in multiple languages by NETALERT,* explains why the findings of a digital forensics investigation conducted by Arsenal Consulting, into the hard drives of individuals imprisoned by the Indian government in the Bhima Koregaon case provides important evidence of the use of malware to implicate, imprison and silence human rights activists.

Please sign our petition to the Parliamentary Subcommittee on Information Technology calling for an immediate investigation into the questions raised by the investigation into the Netwire attack identified and documented by Arsenal’s multiple investigative reports that have since been corroborated by Indian and international computer security experts.

* NETALERT is a project that uses a range of approaches such as story-telling,  summaries of research findings, and technical explainers to help make research about risks online accessible to wider audiences.

Scroll: Neither Ram Rajya nor golden Vedic age: Gail Omvedt (1941-2021) on the history of a casteless future

The bhakti radical Ravidas (c 1450-1520), calling himself a ‘tanner now set free’, was the first to envision an Indian utopia in his song “Begumpura” – a modern casteless, classless, tax-free city without sorrow. This was in contrast to the dystopia of the brahmanic Kaliyuga. Rejecting Orientalist, nationalist and hindutva impulses to “reinvent” India, Gail Omvedt threads together the worldviews of subaltern visionaries spanning five centuries – Chokhamela, Janabai, Kabir, Ravidas, Tukaram, the Kartabhajas, Phule, Iyothee Thass, Pandita Ramabai, Periyar, and Ambedkar. These are contrasted with Gandhi’s village utopia of Ram Rajya, Nehru’s hindutva-laced brahmanic socialism and Savarkar’s territorialist Hindu Rashtra. Reason and ecstasy – dnyan and bhakti – pave the road that leads to the promised land. Read more