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Modi vs Disha Ravi and Disha wins!

Many young people are similarly concerned these days, and that is one of the strengths of India. It is astonishing that authorities should see this as a threat necessitating the jailing of students.

Published: 21st February 2021 07:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2021 09:46 AM   |  A+A-

PM Narendra Modi (L) and Climate Activist Disha TRavi (R) (Photos | PTI, Facebook)

What a mess our country is in? A college student, all of 22 years old, is picked up from her home and taken to Delhi without prescribed legal papers. Her crime? She used internet devices to support the farmers’ march. This girl, Disha Ravi, is not in politics. She belongs to no party. She is just a young girl with enough civic sense to be interested in environmental issues. Many young people are similarly concerned these days, and that is one of the strengths of India. It is astonishing that authorities should see this as a threat necessitating the jailing of students.

P Chidambaram made a pertinent comment on the matter when he said: “If a 22-year-old student of Mount Carmel College is a threat to India, then the foundations of India are broken. India is turning into a theatre of the absurd.” Shashi Tharoor put it pithily: “Activists are in jail while terror accused are on bail.”When popular support evaporates, rulers turn autocratic. This time-tested principle seems to be proving itself again in India. Foreign observers are noticing it and bringing it to the attention of the world. Sweden’s V-Dem Institute now lists India among the top ten countries most quickly becoming autocracies.

“It is on the verge of losing its status as a democracy due to severely shrinking space for the media, civil society and the opposition.” Time magazine raises the question: How long will Joe Biden pretend that Narendra Modi’s India is a democratic ally? “Hate speech is rife, peaceful dissent is criminalised, freedom of expression and association faces new constraints, and the jails are filling up with political prisoners and peaceful dissenters as a servile judiciary looks away.” The world can hardly believe what is overtaking India. In this evolving India, bizarre ideas find easy takers.

The latest brainwave attributed to Amit Shah is that there are plans to get the BJP active in Nepal and Sri Lanka. This was publicly stated by Tripura’s BJP Chief Minister Biplab Deb. He said Amit Shah assured the party that this would be accomplished. It is a mystery that Amit Shah does not want the BJP to take over Bangladesh and Thailand on one side and Afghanistan and Iran on the other. Doesn’t he want them also to prosper under the inspiring colors of the BJP?

The Prime Minister joined the chorus with a surprising remark — that previous governments had not named places after leaders like Subhas Chandra Bose, BR Ambedkar and Sardar Patel. Either Modi was arguing for the sake of argument, or he was betraying a surprising level of ignorance. There is hardly a town in India without a Netaji Road. Ambedkar statues outnumber statues of any other leader. Patel is not as popular as Bose or Ambedkar, but he too has many vidyalayas and chowks named after him. Modi weakened his own argument by ignoring these facts. He assumed, as is his wont, that the country would swallow whatever he says.

In fact, Modi’s new moves have strengthened the world’s view of him as a self-centred, autocratic leader who is doing India more harm than good. The world no doubt noticed the extent of protests that broke out in India when Disha Ravi was seized by the police. All but the BJP saw her arrest as a violation of basic citizenship rights. It struck them as part of an attempt to silence all opposition. Haryana’s extremist home minister Anil Vij went on record with the statement that all those with seeds of anti-nationalist thoughts “should be destroyed”. He would be the first in the list if anti-nationalism were to be properly defined.

The widespread protest that broke out against Disha Ravi’s arrest pointed to the gap between the people’s sentiments and the BJP sentiments. In Bengaluru, not only activists and farmers but also students and writers came out in large numbers to protest against the arrest. Many saw the arrest as a sign of the Modi Government feeling insecure and paranoid. The arrest proved counter-productive when Disha’s supporters launched a digital campaign #fingeronyourlips to show how the Government was gagging people. Modi is losing on all fronts. He will tighten his authoritarian grip. It is a game where eventually people will win, even if one generation has to bear the brunt of dictatorial rule. Modi vs People. What an anticlimax. 



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  • Augustine

    Don't be intimidated by a paranoid ruler
    12 days ago reply
  • Aniket

    Anti nationals should be behind bars!!
    12 days ago reply
    • Jonas Shawn

      So you should be behind bars? Name-calling works both ways buddy if we don't properly define "anti-national". Cos I consider going against freedom of speech as anti-national. So you fit the category well my friend.
      11 days ago reply
  • Hamsa M Hamsa

    Activism
    12 days ago reply
  • Rajan N S

    George must find something
    12 days ago reply
  • Ankit Soni

    Oh
    12 days ago reply
  • S Singh

    Great article. Someone has the courage to call this fascist autocratic government which is trying to quell any descent by making an example of Disha.
    12 days ago reply
  • Ajay Jain

    Why Chidu sir do not take her case as her advocate instead of making such statements. It will help her as well as the society
    12 days ago reply
  • subhash

    r you against modi or bjp.it shows you are biased. your whole essay is absurd
    12 days ago reply
    • Rambabu

      Author is in a illusionary state to state that people are with Disha less Disha except those bereft of ideas producing Anadolan after Andolan Nitya Andolan Jeevis.
      10 days ago reply
  • ashok saran

    what an illogical article this can be!being judgemental even before justice system gets going in this case!it is one thing to be anti government but defending serious offenders in such writing smacks of its bias.
    12 days ago reply
  • Gotham

    The question is did she have a connection with ISI and Khalistani groups? If so
    12 days ago reply
  • Pacelli Gonsalves

    Guys there is nothing you do or say will help. This regime is going the Russia/ Hitler way.. Changes are required right now Bakths + Cbi+ law+and other government agencies are directly controlled by a few. Start with ballots....till EVM machines are there BJP will rule.
    12 days ago reply
    • sunita

      See the joke millions of articles like this on regualr bais and they say PM is fascist? The opposition parties are corrupt
      11 days ago reply
    • sunita

      Lol you want paper ballots so you can manipulate the votes? Who will vote for a party that resists anything good for the country
      11 days ago reply
      • Jonas Shawn

        2 steps forward & 3 steps back equates in a net 1 step back. The bad things about bjp far outweigh the good ones. Also
        11 days ago reply
  • Kafir

    New Indian Express is unbiased
    12 days ago reply
  • Madhav Prathapa

    What nonsense ?? Modi Vs Disha ?? Earlier it was Modi Vs Kanhaiya
    13 days ago reply
  • Jonas Shawn

    What a great article. The rights to speak and express opinions is one of the basic human rights. Getting arrested for something like that really makes you think what's considered illegal now in our country.
    13 days ago reply
  • Digvijay Mallah

    The government's supporters are now a dwindling species but the tragedy is that the opposition seems to have taken a sabbatical. As long as Sonia gandhi is around Modi will evoke the 'foreign hand' bogey. Congress will have to implode under Rahul before a resurrection takes place. Meanwhile we have Mahua Moitra who could galvanise a nation
    13 days ago reply
  • abc

    Anti nationals should be put behind bars
    13 days ago reply
  • Random Indian

    All these butthurt comments just confirms how insecure Modi and his "andhbhakt" are..
    13 days ago reply
  • Mohan Kumar

    A college girl-ok
    13 days ago reply
  • Gobsmacked

    All you worthless bootlickers calling Disha anti-national: She's a student. In what UNIVERSE is she a threat to a properly functioning democracy? What did she even do apart from uphold the CONSTITUTIONAL right to protest? Keep cheering for this autocratic nightmare. It was just Muslims that were oppressed to start with. Now Dalits and other lower caste Hindus are prosecuted. Do you really think you will be safe forever? Idiots.
    13 days ago reply
  • Hartman de Souza

    Very nice piece. Short
    13 days ago reply
  • a.k.sehanobis

    Nobody commented and Mr.T.S.George wins hands down
    13 days ago reply
  • Sankaramani

    This article is very much biased. Lot of anti national forces are working against our Nation. Dish a
    13 days ago reply
    • India

      Please enlist them and mail to Home Ministry. You are Prejudiced My respected Dear
      13 days ago reply
  • VJay

    You just declared the victory to a paid activist
    13 days ago reply
  • LovePeace

    Good article. All Indians living all over the world are a worried lot.
    13 days ago reply
    • Suresh N

      better document your comments with your real name and not by pseudo name and say all the indians abroad are worried lot. If you eat salt you have to drink water.
      8 days ago reply
    • Nithya

      is it? really ? am happy that India is ruled by Namo. So please dont say All Indians. May be All Indians minus a few.
      12 days ago reply
  • DEEPAK MANJUNATH PALAN

    And most people are with Modi. Stop equating Disha with majority Indians. She is either an idiot to edit anti-India toolkit plans or one with them. Anti India activities cannot and will not be tolerated by any Indian and if Modi fails to act
    13 days ago reply
  • Sathyan

    It is good move
    13 days ago reply
  • Anurag Gautam

    The article carries biasements against popular
    13 days ago reply
  • Cupid Co

    such an idiotic writeup sir.. pls do some better and sensible work. its not about age
    13 days ago reply
  • DEVBRAT KUMAR MANJI

    All nonsense talks of so called international bla bla are just non sense. every country takes their security first and behaves rather differently than they say about other countries. We are a nation and we should be vigilant for those who are targeting young minds to ruin our unity. if not anything else
    13 days ago reply
  • Kuldeep

    Sick comparison. What does Modi have to do with Disha. George is using the illogical comparison to belittle the Prime minister of his country. And then these people say that there is no freedom of speech.
    13 days ago reply
  • Kani

    100% True
    14 days ago reply
  • Mr.Jaggers

    Wow so melo-dramatic. You media people do like to dramatize and milk every single thing.
    14 days ago reply
  • himukala

    What a compare! - Modi vs Disha. Stupidity to infinity.
    14 days ago reply
  • Rahul

    What a nonsense article!
    14 days ago reply
  • Giri

    Does this "verdict" surprise anyone
    14 days ago reply
  • Jeet

    This is 22 years girl who know that she will get into UAPA if caught. This is 22 years old girl contacting Khalistan supporters. This is 22 years old girl who deleted every material and whatsapp chat just because she was innocent. What the hell? She should be Jailed for at least 5 years to teach her the lesson along with Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk.
    14 days ago reply
    • Suresh N

      Yes i appreciate your views which are absolutely right
      8 days ago reply
  • Venkatachalam Ananthasubramanian

    What ridiculous write up? Where is Modiji and where is this unknown anti-Indian creature ? Most disgusting comparison. Hell with you.
    14 days ago reply
  • Vicky

    She is not less than a terrorist who is involved in a conspiracy against a democratic country. The toolkit she designed is full of hate and planning to create violence. You are not less than her for using electronic media for spreading fake propaganda
    14 days ago reply
    • Neenu

      Hi Vicky
      12 days ago reply
  • Sundhar. S

    Do we need such a pathetic heartburn?
    14 days ago reply
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