Should We Worry About The Indian Government’s Crackdown On Dissent?

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“Indian students protest in thousands as government cracks down on dissent… India’s biggest nationwide student protests in a quarter of a century spread across campuses on Monday…outrage over the arrest of the left-wing student leader, who had organized a rally to mark the anniversary of the execution of a Kashmiri separatist, has led to demonstrations in at least 18 universities” ~ Sankalp Phartiyal and Rupam JainReuters

“Responsibility for this lynch-mob mentality lies squarely with Mr. Modi’s government…These Indian citizens are right to voice their outrage at government threats to the exercise of their democratic rights. Mr. Modi must rein in his ministers and his party, and defuse the current crisis, or risk sabotaging both economic progress and India’s democracy” ~ Editorial BoardThe New York Times

“Presumed guilty, until cleared by NDA: India’s new template on dissent… If this is the state of affairs in ‘mainland’ India, can we expect any better in the insurgency-hit Northeast? In October last year, five newspaper editors in Nagaland were asked by Assam Rifles to desist from covering the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), which was declared a terror organisation by the Centre on September 28 last year” ~ KumKum Dasgupta, The Hindustan Times

The World’s Scholars Rally Against India’s Free Speech Campus Crackdowns… Since there is no evidence to establish these charges, we can only conclude that this arrest is further evidence of the present government’s deeply authoritarian nature, intolerant of any dissent, setting aside India’s longstanding commitment to toleration and plurality of opinion, replicating the dark times of an oppressive colonial period” ~ Open Letter, Signatories including Noam Chomsky,  Judith Butler, and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk


This case is a worrying development in India… freedom to protest is a cornerstone of democracy. The power to stop this crackdown lies squarly with President Modhi, students must continue with their protests to force his hand to stand up to the Hindu nationalists in his party-

 

3 thoughts on “Should We Worry About The Indian Government’s Crackdown On Dissent?

  1. The west has ZERO business to interfere with India . Get your shit together first . And for love of God , don’t teach us “morality” . You like or not , all Anti-Hindu & Anti-Nationals will be destroyed, I would rather prefer EXECUTION LIVE.

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    1. I agree with you that Indian affairs are the responsibility of the Indian people, but there is nothing wrong with international commentators speaking out in support of the protesters

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      1. So called supporters slogans : ” We will not stop until we divide India” “Afzal Guru (the man who attacked our parliament) is our Hero” ” Pakistan Zindaabad “. So called “international commentators ” has any idea what they supporting for ? How about I support ISIS because by the same logic what they are doing is “protest” and “freedom”. It doesn’t take genius to understand why West always undermine India NOW. Because NOW we have RIGHT MAN in power and not congress-italy-Toy. Don’t get me wrong but some people in west can’t digest India’s rise. I hope they die in hell.

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