Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Vicious attack on Gauhar Raza by Zee TV

NB: The hounding and vilification of Gauhar Raza by a news channel is yet another shameful example of professional misconduct by those who are supposed to be news reporters. Some of them are functioning like a re-incarnation of the medieval Inquisition. The atmosphere of intimidation being whipped up by them threatens everyone who dares to criticise the ruling dispensation. The letter below is self-explanatory - DS

Dear friends, 
I want to bring to your notice the vicious attack on Gauhar Raza by Zee TV on March 9 and 10th and followed by another story on March 12 and 13th. I am giving the links below as well as a statement released by civil society and another statement released by scientists from across the world.  

The derogatory Zee News programmes calling Gauhar Raza an anti national, a member of the 'Afzal Guru Gang' 'Desh Drohi'  maligning Gauhar Raza was followed by an extremely filthy and abusive email which was sent to his colleagues and many people in the home ministry. Apart from defaming Gauhar this attack also jeopardises his security. 

While we are looking at all possible steps to ensure his security and taking advise from legal experts, I am writing to request you to join the campaign 'Stand With Gauhar Raza' by liking, sharing the facebook page and its posts : 

 as well as registering your protests on this page. 

I also request you to kindly organise if possible events with poets ' Poetry of Resistance" , send/ uploads videos shot on mobiles or otherwise.  Shoot personal messages on mobiles phones/ poems for upholding freedom of speech and safeguarding voices of dissent. 

Shabnam Hashmi

zee tv links

shown on 9th and 10th three different versions

shown on march 12 and 13

The following statement was released in on March 10th signed by over 500 individuals 

including Sharmila Tagore, Naseeruddin Shah, Shubha Mudgal, Nandita Das, Apoorvanand, Ashok Vajpeyi, Saeeda Hameed, Anand Teltumde, Anand Patwardhan, Githa Hariharan, K Satchidanandan, Brinda Karat, Teesta Setalvad, Prashant Bhushan, Purushottam Agrawala,Ram Puniyani, Kalpana Kannabiran , Ashish Kothari,and many others citizens. 

A statement was released y TISS faculty and students on March 14, 2016

A statement signed by 70 top most science communicators from across the world was released on March 15, 2016


Who is Gauhar Raza?
An electrical engineer (M Tech IIT, Delhi) by qualification, a scientist by designation, a communicator, a poet and filmmaker,
Professor, AcSIR (Academy of Scientific and Industrial Research)
Chief Scientist and Head, Department of Science Communication through Multi-Media (SCM) National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), CSIR, INDIA
International Fellow, Mapungubwe Institute of Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), South Africa
Member, Science Communication Committee, JHC, University of Lorraine, France
Member of International forum, Public Communication of Science and Technology
Have served as Member of many national and international committees
Member Advisory Committee, MACAS, LSE, UK
Editor, Journal of Scientific Temper, NISCAIR

A Few Notable honours
Keynote Speaker, International Conference, MACAS, at Stellenbosch University, 2015
Keynote Speaker at the Inaugural session of International Conference on Science Communication, University of Lorraine, France, 2012.
Guest of Honour, Poet at Parque Explora, 14th to 18th September 2012, Medellin, Columbia.
Invited Lecture at Royal Society, London, 2009
Represented the country as a poet when India was Guest of Honour at Book Festival, Leipzig, 2006
Member, Editorial Board, Public Understanding of Science, London
Former Member, Editorial Board, JCOM (Journal of Science Communication), Italy