Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan

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Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan is an Activist from Uttar Pradesh, India.

Early life[edit]

He hails from Saharanpur which is located in West Uttar Pradesh[citation needed].

Bhim Army[edit]

He is the cofounder of the Bhim Army, an organisation that works for the emancipation of Dalits through education in India. He founded it in 2014[1] together with Vinay Ratan Arya (national president) for the development of Dalits, lower castes Shudras and other marginalised sections of society. He runs free schools for Dalits in western Uttar Pradesh.

He was arrested based on allegations related to the Saharanpur Caste Violence incident,[2] which occurred on 11 May 2017.

Imprisonment[edit]

Ravan was arrested under the National Security Act by the Uttar Pradesh Government after he was granted bail by the Allahabad high court noting that the arrests were politically motivated, but was continuously imprisoned by the state government under a slew of false charges in defiance of the court's order.[3]


When the Bhim Army's Defense Committee Convener, Pradeep Narwal,[4] went to meet Azad he expressed his ideals and thoughts on the politically motivated imprisonment as below:

"My greatest desire is to work for society, but the BJP will make sure I never leave prison. I cannot appear to be despondent or break down before someone with tears in my eyes for the simple reason that the spirit of my community has been broken so often that there is only one option left for us now – of struggle."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Story of India Is the Story of Caste' - The Wire". The Wire. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  2. ^ "14 दिन की हिरासत में रावण, गिरफ्तारी के पीछे गर्लफ्रेंड का हाथ". www.navodayatimes.in (in Hindi). Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  3. ^ "Adityanath Government Slaps NSA on Bhim Army's Chandrashekhar, Activists Cry Foul - The Wire". The Wire. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  4. ^ "The BJP Will Make Sure I Never Leave Prison: Chandrashekhar Azad - The Wire". The Wire. Retrieved 2018-03-15.