ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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PUDR Salutes Kothari

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) expresses its sincere condolences on the death of Rajni Kothari — public intellectual, civil rights activist and institution builder. Kothari’s academic pursuits emerged from his democratic commitments and deep concern for the marginalised and deprived sections of society. He was not satisfied with his personal contributions and successfully demonstrated the path to being an institution builder.

As an activist he made valuable contributions to the civil rights movement in India as general secretary and president of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). We remember him with fond gratitude for his readiness to commit PUCL to the joint responsibility, along with PUDR, to publish Who Are the Guilty?, a report on the anti-Sikh massacre in Delhi in 1984. The decision demonstrated courage of conviction and helped both organisations weather the storm brought upon them by the then ruling Congress, whose leaders had been named by survivors as the perpetrators of the violence.

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