“We Will Not Be Silenced”

An Open Statement on the Flawed Investigation into the Delhi Riots, February 2020.

An Open Statement on the Flawed Investigation into the Delhi Riots, February 2020.

  Picture Courtesy: Indian Cultural Forum

The Forum for Constitutional Rights and Democratic Freedoms (FCRDF) was constituted in August, 2020, after discussion among its Principal Members, comprising both individuals and organizations, all representing different constituencies. All were concerned with the erosion of constitutional rights and democratic freedoms in the last few years and came together on a common platform to stem the tide. The groups represented are a) several Armed Forces Veterans; b) the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) representing people’s organizations of the poor and disadvantaged; c) the Constitutional Conduct Group (CCG), made up of former civil servants; d) civil society organisations and concerned citizens; e) the Indian Cultural Forum, deeply involved with cultural issues.

This is our first statement on behalf of the FCRDF.

We write to express our full support, in principle, for the statement ‘We will not be silenced’ made by Harsh Mander on September 4, 2020. We agree with him that the communal riots in Delhi in February 2020 have not been caused by any conspiracy as alleged by the Delhi Police. On the contrary, they have been caused by hate speech and provocative statements made by a number of political leaders of the ruling party.

We stand with Harsh Mander, him, Professor Apoorvanand and their fellow activists. Neither their voices nor ours will be silenced as we speak for truth and freedom. The ringing words of Harsh Mander’s statement, especially those of the last paragraph, bear repetition and have our endorsement:

“We declare here – and hope those holding highest office in the country hear us loud and clear – that the government will never succeed in silencing us, and will never succeed in taking away from us the dream we inherited from our freedom struggle, the dream of together building a country which is just, and equal, and kind.”

Admiral (retd.) L. Ramdas, former Chief of Naval Staff

Aruna Roy, MazdoorKisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)

Deb Mukharji, IFS (Retd.), former High Commissioner to Bangladesh, CCG

Dr. Ganesh Devy, civil society organizations and concerned citizens

Githa Hariharan, writer, Indian Cultural Forum


“We will not be silenced”

The Delhi Police believes that there was a conspiracy behind the communal violence in Delhi during the third week of February.

We agree.

But the actual conspiracy was a very different one from the one which Delhi Police is propagating.

The truth is that not just the Delhi 2020 carnage; no major episode of communal violence is spontaneous: it is always planned, organized and facilitated.

Such violence requires first the systematic creation of hatred. In Delhi we saw the build-up during the Delhi elections of a climate of hatred spawned by hate speech by senior leaders targeting the protestors against CAA NRC NPR. This was led from the front by the union home minister, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and several other cabinet and BJP party leaders. The outcome was the spread of unprecedented levels of toxic communal venom, unmatched in any previous election in Delhi.

But beyond the manufacture of hatred and the organization of the violence, the critical factor in any riot conspiracy is the role of the state, and particularly the police. No riot can go on for more than a few hours except if the government wishes for it to do so.

There is massive evidence of the complicit partisan role of the police in the Delhi violence. I have spent a lot of time with the victim survivors of the Delhi carnage. I have heard hundreds of testimonies from them about the role of the police enabling, encouraging and actually indulging in hate violence.

The video of policemen tormenting four young men lying on the ground, among who Faizan subsequently died, is telling. The police while beating the men prone on the ground are taunting them by asking them to sing the national anthem; it was clear that they are punishing them for the protests, in which the national anthem had become an iconic symbol of the protests, of resistance, of unity and of solidarity.

This was the conspiracy behind the Delhi communal violence. It was a bid by the Indian state, aided by the Delhi police, to punish and crush the largest non-violent protests that independent India has seen.

The police story is quite the opposite. According to them, it was the anti-CAA-NRC-NPR protests which were the conspiracy, and that the non-violence of the protests was only a facade.

In pursuit of this story, every day the Special Branch of the Delhi Police, which normally investigates grave crimes like terror, is busy for the past months summoning mostly young people, and sometimes seniors, grilling them, intimidating them, and sometimes – as Umar Khalid has testified – forcing them create false evidence.

Large numbers of young people are today languishing in prison for months without bail in the name of this so-called conspiracy.

We are gathered here today above all in the defence and solidarity with all of these young people.

Yes, they and we did participate in the non-violent movement against CAA NRC NPR, and we are proud to have done so.

During the protests some WhatsApp groups were made. Now every word exchanged in these groups are being examined with a defective microscope by the police, their meaning and context deliberately and mischievously misinterpreted, the truth ripped into shreds and reimagined to create the mythology of a conspiracy of hate, violence and insurrection.

There were significantly other WhatsApp groups that the police themselves admit to, wherein indeed people are actively calling for and organizing the violence on those dates. None of these are being the subject to any investigation of a conspiracy.

Our protests, and those of the young people now in our prisons, were to uphold the Constitution, and the idea of an inclusive and humane country of equal citizenship, which is the proudest legacy of our freedom struggle.

The young people and we protested because we love our country dearly, and we seek to make this country better for all its citizens, of every religion, caste, class and gender, by holding the state accountable to stand by its duties to the constitution.

It is a travesty to describe this as a crime against the nation. Those who are seeking to create divisions and hate among us are those who are committing crimes against our country.

The objective of the government is transparent; to destroy the basic guarantees and freedoms of our constitution.

The effort of the Indian state, facilitated by the Delhi Police, is to crush our voices, our dissent, and our struggles to uphold our constitution.

We declare here – and hope those holding highest office in the country hear us loud and clear – that the government will never succeed in silencing us, and will never succeed in taking away from us the dream we inherited from our freedom struggle, the dream of together building a country which is just, and equal, and kind .

Harsh Mander

4 September, 2020
Endorsed by:

1 A M Khan, Jt Sec, LIC Retired Employees' Asso & Sec, Chitra Film Society 223 Mazher Hussan, COVA
2 A Selvaraj, IRS (Retd) 224 Meena Gupta, IAS (Retd)
3 Abha Bhalya 225 Melanie P Kumar
4 Abha Dev Habib, Assistant Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi 226 Mendonca Edward
5 Abha Sur 227 MG Devasahayam, IAS (Retd)
6 Abhay 228 Mira Shiva, Public Health Physician
7 Abhay Shirekar 229 Mohan Rao, former professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU
8 Abhijit Dasgupta, Retired Teacher, Delhi University 230 Mohan Sharma
9 Abhijit Sengupta, IAS (Retd) 231 Mohan Trivedi, Professor
10 Abhilash, Secretary, Gram Seva Sangh 232 Mridula Garg, Writer and Freedom Lover
11 Abinash Dash Choudhury, Jadavpur University 233 Mridula Mukherjee
12 Achin Vanaik, Retd Professor, University of Delhi 234 Mrigank, Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU)
13 Achuthan Palat 235 MS Chahal, IAS (Retd)
14 Aditi Mehta, IAS (Retd) 236 MT Ansari, Professor, University of Hyderabad
15 Aditya Mukherjee 237 Muralidharan, General Secretary, National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled
16 Aditya Nigam 238 MY Rao, IAS (Retd)
17 Admiral LRamdas, PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM 239 N P Chekkutty, Senior journalist
18 Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, PVSM, AVSM 240 Najeeb Jang, IAS (Retd)
19 Aftab Seth, IFS (Retd) 241 Najid Hussain, Scientist
20 Ahana Rao, Architect 242 Nandita Das
21 Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak, AVSM, VSM 243 Nandita Narain, Delhi University
22 Ajai Kumar, IFoS(Retd) 244 Naomi Magh, St Xavier College Jalukie
23 Ajay Skaria, Historian 245 Narendra Sisodia, IAS (Retd)
24 Ajit Singh Yadav, convenor, Lok Morcha 246 Naseeruddin Shah
25 AK Samanta, IPS (Retd) 247 Natasha Bhadwar
26 Albert Longley Dkhar, Principal, St Anthony's College, Shillong 248 Navaroze Contractor, Artists & Film Maker
27 Alok Perti, IAS (Retd) 249 Navrekha Sharma, IFS (Retd)
28 Alok Rai 250 Nayana Trivedi, Physician
29 Aloke B Lal, IPS (Retd) 251 Nayantara Sahgal, Author
30 Amanulla Khan, Former President, AIIE Association 252 NC Saxena, IAS (Retd)
31 Amita Baviskar, Ashoka University 253 Neera Chandoke
32 Amita Buch 254 Neeraj Jain
33 Amita Joseph 255 Nikhil Dey
34 Amitabh Mathur, IPS (Retd) 256 Niranjan Pant, IA&AS (Retd)
35 Amitabha Pande, IAS (Retd) 257 Nisha Shiurkar, Writer
36 Amiya Kumar Dev, former vice chancellor of Vidyasagar University 258 Nitin Desai, IES (Retd)
37 Anand Archak, President, Insurance Employees' Union, 259 NK Raghupathy, IAS (Retd)
38 Anand Arni, R&AW (Retd) 260 Noor Mohammad, IAS (Retd)
39 Anand Patwardhan, Film Maker 261 Noor Zaheer, National Secretary, Indian People's Theatre Association
40 Anbarasan P, Department of Mass communication, Tezpur University 262 Nuzhat Kazmi, Professor, JMI and Ahmar Raza, retd Scientist
41 Angana Chatterji, Scholar 263 Ordetta Mendoza, Co-ordinator of Programmes, XB
42 Anil Bisht 264 P. Rajamanickam, Rtd Associate Professor of zoology
43 Anil Sadgopal 265 Padma Venkataraman
44 Animesh Das, Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) 266 Pankaj Bisht, Writer
45 Anita Agnihotri, IAS (Retd) 267 Parveen Talha, IRS (Retd)
46 Anjali Kanitkar, Associate Professor ( retd), Founder Trustee-AROEHAN 268 Paul Mat,hew Teacher of Journalism & Mass Communication
47 Anjali Monteiro, Filmmaker and Academic 269 PGJ Nampoothiri, IPS (Retd)
48 Anna Dani, IAS (Retd) 270 PK Lahiri, IAS (Retd)
49 Annamma Philip FMM, Secretary General, Xavier Board 271 Poile Sengupta
50 Annamma Philip, Xavier Board of Higher Education 272 Poonam kaushik General Secretary Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan Delhi
51 Annie Namala 273 Poornima, Artist and Organic farmer
52 Anthony Dias, Social Scientist 274 PR Dasgupta, IAS (Retd)
53 Anupama Potluri, University of Hyderabad 275 Prabhu Ghate, IAS (Retd)
54 Anuradha Kapur 276 Prabhu Mohapatra, Department of History, University of Delhi,
55 Aparna Sen 277 Prabir Purkayastha
56 Apoorvanand, Teacher and Writer 278 Pradeep K Deb, IAS (Retd)
57 AR Vasavi 279 Pradip Datta
58 Arati Chokshi, Retired Scientist & Activist 280 Prakash Louis
59 Ardhendu Sen, IAS (Retd) 281 Pramod Mujumdar, Co-ordinator, SALOKHA
60 Arif Ghauri, IRS (Retd) 282 Pramod Munghate, RTM Nagpur University
61 Arun Kumar, Retired Professor JNU 283 Pranab S Mukhopadhyay, IAS (Retd)
62 Aruna Roy, IAS (Resigned) 284 Pranab Talukdar
63 Aruna Sabane, President Maher sanstha 285 Prasad Charasala
64 Arundhati Dhuru, National Alliance of People's Movements 286 Prasad Tadepalli
65 Arup Kumar Sen 287 Prashant Olalekar
66 AS Dulat, IPS (Retd) 288 Pravesh Sharma, IAS (Retd)
67 Asha Hans, Academic 289 Preeti Sampat, Academic
68 Asha Vombatkere, School Teacher 290 Prem Verma, Convenor, Jharkhand Nagrik Prayas
69 Ashim Jain 291 Prerna, concerned citizen
70 Ashish Ranjan 292 Priti Turakhia, concerned citizen
71 Ashok Kumar Sharma, IFoS (Retd) 293 Prof. M.H. Jawahirullah, Ex MLA, President, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi
72 Ashok Kumar Sharma, IFS (Retd) 294 Professor G Haragopal, NLSIU
73 Ashok Vajpeyi, IAS (Retd) 295 PSS Thomas, IAS (Retd)
74 Ashraf Ali Basheer Ahàmed, Constituion Protection Group 296 Purendra Prasad, Professor of Sociology, University of Hyderabad
75 Ashraf Ali Bashir Ahamed 297 Purwa Bharadwaj
76 Atamjit Singh 298 Purwa Bharadwaj Writer
77 Atreyee Day, concerned citizen 299 Pushpamala N
78 Atul Gurtu 300 R Vijay, professor in economics, University of Hyderabad
79 Aurobindo Behera, IAS (Retd) 301 Rabin Chakraborty, retd Teacher, Calcutta University
80 Avinash Mohananey, IPS (Retd) 302 Rachel Chatterjee, IAS (Retd)
81 B N Poojary, General Secretary, LIC Retired Employees Association 303 Radhika Chopra, Sociologist
82 Baghambar Pattanaik, President, Anti-Slavery India 304 Raghunandana Sathamarshana, Kannada poet, playwright, stage-director
83 Balaji Narasimhan 305 Rahul Khullar, IAS (Retd)
84 Benny Kuruvilla 306 Rahul Mali, Anubhav Shiksha kendr
85 Bezwada Wilson 307 Rajendran Narayanan, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
86 Bhaskar Prabhu 308 Rajiv Lochan Sah, Editor Nainital Samachar
87 Bindu T Desai MD 309 Rajni Bakshi
88 Brigadier VHM Prasad 310 Rajni Palriwala, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics
89 Brijesh Kumar, IAS (Retd) 311 Raju Rajagopal, Hindus for Human Rights (org) USA
90 Brinelle D'souza, JSA-MUMBAI, JCoR-West India 312 Raju Sharma, IAS (Retd)
91 C Rammanohar Reddy, Editor, The India Forum 313 Rama Shanker Singh, Researcher
92 Captain (IN) RV Singh 314 Ramani Venkatesan, IAS (Retd)
93 Captain (IN) S Prabhala, VSM 315 Ramesh Kumar, concerned citizen
94 Cavery Bopaiah, Swaraj India 316 Ramkumar B, Research Investigator, NCBC
95 Chakradhar 317 Ramlal Bhatt
96 Chaman Lal 318 Rana Banerji, IAS (Retd)
97 Chandra Krishnappa 319 Rani Day, filmmaker, editor
98 Chandrakant Patil 320 Ranjeet Kindo SJ, Director, Tribal Research and Training Centre
99 Chandrashekhar Balakrishnan, IAS (Retd) 321 Rashmi Shukla Sharma, IAS (Retd)
100 Chukka Srinivas 322 Ratna Pathak Shah
101 Col Dinesh Ishwar Kumar 323 Ravi Budhiraja, IAS (Retd)
102 Colonel Ali Ahmed 324 Ravi Vira Gupta, IAS (Retd)
103 Colonel Ashwin Baindur 325 Ravindra Rukmini Pandharinath, Writer
104 Colonel Dinesh Kumar 326 Raza Mir, Professor of Management, William Paterson University
105 Colonel Pavan Nair, VSM 327 Rekha Awasthi , Janwadi Lekhak Sangh & Naya Path
106 Colonel R Chidambaram 328 RM Premkumar, IAS (Retd)
107 Colonel SK Dhar 329 Roby Rajan, The Backwaters Collective
108 Commander Sati Taneja 330 Rohan D'Souza, ASAFAS, Kyoto University
109 Daisy Helen, Xavier Board 331 Rohini Hensman (writer and researcher)
110 Deb Mukharji, IFS (Retd) 332 Romi Mahajan
111 Debaditya Bhattacharya, Faculty, Kazi Nazrul University 333 Rosamma Thomas
112 Debu Bose 334 Rosamma Thomas, Journalist
113 Deep Joshi 335 RP Shahi
114 Deepa Hari, IRS (Resigned) 336 S Durga Bhavani, Professor, University of Hyderabad
115 Deepak Sanan, IAS (Retd) 337 S Gopal, concerned citizen
116 Deepika D'Souza 338 S Satyabhama, IAS (Retd)
117 Delia Antao, Nirmala Institute of Education 339 Sabyasachi Chatterjee, Retired Scientist, Indian Institute of Astrophysics
118 Denzil Fernandes, Executive Director, Indian Social Institute 340 Sagari R Ramdas, Veterinary Scientist, Food Sovereignty Alliance
119 Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool 341 Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party (India)
120 Dunu Roy 342 Sanjay Gadhalay
121 DW Karuna, Assistant Professor, Azim Premji University 343 Sanjeev Kumar, Writer and Associate Professor, Deshbandhu College (DU)
122 EAS Sarma 344 Sannybhai
123 EV Ramakrishnan, Author, Academic 345 Santanu Chacraverti
124 Felix Padel, Anthropologist 346 Santhanam A, Lawyers Fraternity Tamil Nadu (LFTN)
125 Florence Fernandes 347 Satish Deshpande
126 Fr Cedric Prakash SJ, Human Rights activist 348 Satwant Reddy, IAS (Retd)
127 G Sankaran, IC&CES (Retd) 349 Satya Sagar, Associate Editor, Countercurrents
128 Ganesh Visputay, Poet, painter and translator 350 Shabnam Hashmi
129 Geeta Kapur, Art Historian 351 Shafi Alam, IPS (Retd)
130 Geetha SK, Insurance Corporation Employees Union, Bangalore 352 Shailendra boora
131 Geetha Thoopal, IRAS (Retd) 353 Shailesh Gandhi
132 George Karuvelil 354 Shalmali Guttal, Researcher
133 George Pulikuthiyil 355 Shantha Sinha
134 George Thadathil sdb, Principal & President, AIACHE Salesian College 356 Shanti Maitree
135 GG Parikh, President, Yusuf Meherali Centre 357 Sharachchandra Lele, Environmental Reseacher
136 Gita Jayaraj, Researcher/Writer 358 Sharad Behar, IAS (Retd)
137 Githa Hariharan 359 Shashi Deshpande
138 GN Devy 360 Shaunak Phadnis, student, EFLU
139 Goldie Zaki, St Paul Institute of Professional Studies 361 Sheba Chhachhi
140 Gopalan Balagopal, IAS (Retd) 362 Shekhar Pathak, Historian and Editor PAHAR
141 Gourisankar Ghosh, IAS (Retd) 363 Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, IFS (Retd)
142 Gurunagesh 364 Shiva Shankar
143 Gyan Prakash, Princeton University 365 Shivangi Bhasin
144 H Sarwar Usmani, concerned citizen 366 Shoma A Chatterji, Journalist and Author
145 Harbans Mukhia , Former Professor and Rector, JNU 367 Shreekumar, Farmer and activist
146 Hindal Tyabji, IAS (Retd) 368 Shruti Parthasarathy, Independent Writer and Art Historian
147 Hiren Gohain 369 Siby K George, Philosopher
148 Hony Lieutenant Sham Lal 370 Siddharth Dube, Writer
149 HS Gujral, IFoS (Retd) 371 Siraj Hussain, IAS (Retd)
150 Humayun Mursal, Executive president, Hindi Hain HumHindostan Hamara 372 Sonalini Mirchandani, IFS (Resigned)
151 Indira Vijaysimha, Poorna Learning Center 373 Soundravalli Kulandaiswamy
152 Indranee Dutta, Retired Professor, OKD Institute of Social Change and Development 374 Sowmya Dechamma C C, University of Hyderabad
153 Indu Prakash Singh State Level Shelter Monitoring Committee 375 SP Ambrose, IAS (Retd)
154 J Suresh, Joint Secretary, SCZIEF (AIIEA) 376 Squadron Leader SC Das
155 Jacob Kujur 377 SR Hiremath
156 Jagannath Dubey, concerned citizen 378 Subhash Ware, Convener, Surajy Sena, IRSE (Retd)
157 Jagdeep Chhokar, Former Professor and Dean, IIM Ahmedabad 379 Subhashini Ali
158 James TJ, Centre for Environmental Studies, Sacred Heart College 380 Subhasis Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, IIEST
159 Jasveen Jairath, concerned citizen 381 Subhendu Dasgupta, Former faculty University of Calcutta
160 Javid Chowdhury, IAS (Retd) 382 Subodh Lal, IPoS (Resigned)
161 Jawed Usmani, IAS (Retd) 383 Subrat Das
162 Jawhar Sircar, IAS (Retd) 384 Suchetana Banerjee, Asst Prof, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts
163 Jayant Pawar, Playright-Writer 385 Sudhir Chandra
164 Jayati Ghosh, JNU, New Delhi 386 Suhasini Mulay
165 Jaydeep, PDSU Delhi 387 Sujatha Singh, IFS (Retd)
166 Jerry Pinto 388 Sujit Jadhao, Research Scholar, RTMNU
167 Jiten Nandi, Editor, Manthan Samayiki 389 Sukumar Muralidharan
168 John Ishvaradas Abdallah, Social Justice & Human Rights Activist 390 Sukumar Muralidharan, Journalist and Journalism instructor
169 John Mathew, Krea University 391 Sundar Burra, IAS (Retd)
170 Joseph Prabhu, Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), California State University 392 Sunil Mitra, IAS (Retd)
171 Joseph Puthenpura 393 Suresh K Goel, IFS (Retd)
172 Joseph Xavier, Director, Indian Social Institute 394 Sushil Dubey, IFS (Retd)
173 Josna, Critical Quest 395 Swashpawan Singh
174 Julio Ribeiro, IPS (Retd) 396 Syeda Hameed
175 Jyoti Punwani, Freelance journalist 397 Sylvia Karpagam, Public health doctor
176 Jyotirmaya Sharma, Professor 398 T Ramakrishnan, Sathyamangalam
177 K John Koshy, IAS (Retd) 399 T Vijay Kumar, The South Forum
178 K Saleem Ali, IPS (Retd) 400 Tadapatla Ratnabai
179 K Satchidanandan 401 Tapan Bose Filmmaker
180 K Srilata (Poet and Professor, Chennai) 402 Thanksy Thekkekera, IAS (Retd)
181 K Sudhir, Architect 403 The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia
182 K Sujatha Rao, IAS (Retd) 404 Tirlochan Singh, IAS (Retd)
183 Kalyani Chaudhuri, IAS (Retd) 405 TM Krishna
184 Kalyani Menon Sen, Independent researcher 406 Tony Raj
185 Kamal Jaswal, IAS (Retd) 407 Tushar A Gandhi, Writer & Activist
186 Kamalanand Jha 408 Uday Gadekar, Gen secy, Insurance Employees Union, Dharwad Employees' Union
187 Karuna M, Chennai 409 Uma Maheswari Bhrugubanda, Asst Prof, The EFL University
188 Kasturi Sengupta 410 Umesh Nazir, Indian People's Theatre Association
189 Katyayani Vidmahe , Academic, Prajaswamika Rachayithrula Vedika 411 Usha Naik
190 Kavery Nambisan, Surgeon and Writer 412 Usha Raman, Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad
191 Keshav Desiraju, IAS (Retd) 413 Uzramma, Social activist, Hyderabad
192 Kirity Roy 414 V Srinivasan, Chennai Metropol Construction & Unorganised Workers Union
193 Koninika Ray , National Federation of Indian Women 415 Vandana Prasad
194 Kopal, Assistant Professor, AUD 416 Vappala Balachandran, IPS (Retd)
195 KP Fabian, IFS (Retd) 417 Varghese Theckanath sg
196 KP Jayasankar, Filmmaker and Academic 418 Varun Aiyer, Artist, Teacher, Citizen
197 KP Sasi 419 Venkatesh Athreya, Professor of Economics (RETD), Bharathidasan University
198 Krishnan UnniP, Novelist and Poet in Malyalam and in English 420 Venugopal Maddipati
199 KS Sidhu, IAS (Retd) 421 Vibha Maurya
200 Kumar Prashant, Gandhian Scholar-Activist 422 Vibha Puri Das
201 Lakshmi Goparaju, Georgetown University 423 Vijay Bharatiya
202 Lalit Mathur, IAS (Retd) 424 Vijaya Latha Reddy, IFS (Retd)
203 Lalita Ramdas, Citizen, Educator, Activist 425 Vijaya Ramachandran
204 Laltu (Harjinder Singh), Hindi poet and writer 426 Vikas Bajpai, Assistant Professor, Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health
205 Lok Morcha 427 Vinay Jain
206 Lourdu Raj SJ 428 Vinay Lal, Historian
207 M M P Singh , Janwadi lekhak sangh & naya path 429 Vinod Vyasulu, Formerly RBI Chair at the Institute of Social and Economic Change
208 M Venissa, Principal, St Agnes College 430 Virendra Yadav, Hindi literary critic
209 M.H. Jawahirullah, Ex-MLA and President, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi 431 Virginius Xaxa, Sociologist
210 MA Kalam, Professor of Anthropology, Chennai 432 Vivan Sundaram, Artist
211 Madan Meena, Adivasi Academy 433 VN Sharma, Retired SAIL Executive
212 Madhu Bhaduri, IFS (Retd) 434 VP Raja, IAS (Retd)
213 Madhulika Reddy, Researcher 435 Wajahat Habibullah, IAS (Retd)
214 Madhusree Mukerjee, Writer 436 Walter Fernandes, Director, North Eastern Social Research Centre
215 Madhusudhan, Theatre Activist 437 William Sequeira
216 Mahua Dutta, Writer 438 Wing Commander CAV Murthy
217 Maimoona Mollah 439 Xavier John Bosco, Andhra Loyola College
218 Major General SG Vombatkere, VSM 440 Yasmeen Lukmani, Professor (Retd), University of Mumbai
219 Manabendra N Roy, IAS (Retd) 441 Yasmin Bano
220 Manisha Gupte, Feminist Activist 442 Yogesh Wanjari
221 Manoranjan Mohanty 443 Yousuf Saeed, Filmmaker
222 Marina, Asha Niketan School