Skip to main content

To: The Irish Ambassador to India

Plea for Imprisoned Poet

Plea for Imprisoned Poet

Convey to the Indian government our deep unhappiness with the detainment of poet Varavara Rao.

Why is this important?

The Indian poet Varavara Rao was arrested and jailed in the aftermath of a violent protest at Bhima Koregan on 1 January 2018. Alongside ten other defendants, Varavara Rao denies all the charges raised against him. The elderly poet contracted COVID-19 while in prison and has been over two years in jail under appalling conditions without trial.



2020-11-20 17:54:48 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-11-19 15:59:41 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-11-19 14:23:59 +0000

10 signatures reached

2020-11-19 13:36:59 +0000

For more information:

2020-11-19 13:36:19 +0000

A Shoilse,
Beatha agus Sláinte!

Tá tugtha faoi deara againn go bhfuil Varavara Rao, an file Teileagúise a cuireadh i bpríosún gan triail, ag dul in olcas in aghaidh an lae. Thuairiscigh Déardaoin, 19ú Samhain, go raibh teipthe ar an ae, ar na duáin agus go bhfuil seargadh inchinne ag cur as don fhear bocht anuas air sin. Táimidne a bhfuil ár n-ainm leis seo ag seasamh lenár gcomhscríbhneoir agus is mian linn go gcuirfeá in iúl dóibh siúd atá i gceannas san India go bhfuilimid thar a bheith curtha amach mar gheall ar an gcás.
File a fhágáil sa riocht sin - gan a chataitéar a athrú le ráithe anuas! - an aon ionadh
go bhfuilimid ar buile.
Sinne, le meas,

Conor Kostick
Gabriel Rosenstock

2020-11-19 13:36:14 +0000

Here is the letter that we will be sending along with the petition:

Your Excellency,
We note with alarm the deteriorating condition of poet Varavara Rao, imprisoned without trial in India. reported on Thursday, 19th November, that the poet was suffering from liver failure, kidney failure and brain atrophy. We the undersigned writers, in solidarity with the Telugu-language poet, ask you to convey
our deep unhappiness with the situation to the powers that be in India.
When you leave a poet in such conditions - without a change of catheter in three months - we have
no alternative but to voice our implacable rage.
Yours Sincerely,
Conor Kostick
Gabriel Rosenstock