How the Right Is Starting a Psychological War by Targeting the Old and Ageing
The Wire / by Ajay Gudavarthy
The right seems to believe that given the cultural codes of Hindu way of life, dispensing with the old will meet less protest and resistance from the society – creating a scope for more fear and less resistance.
… It began with the murders of Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar and Kalburgi – all of them into their 70s, and more recently the arrest of Varavara Rao, and now Stan Swamy, both into their 80s.
There is an environment of fear in India. The State must renew the commitment to rights
Hindustan Times / by Hindustan Times
The action against a range of intellectuals and activists and journalists – Sudha Bharadwaj, Anand Teltumbde, Stan Swamy, Apoorvanand, Harsh Mander are among the better-known examples – indicates that the space for free expression and dissent is jeopardised.
NCRB 2019 data shows 165% jump in sedition cases, 33% jump in UAPA cases under Modi govt
The Print / by Leah Verghese
In recent years, sedition and UAPA have been weaponised against critics of the govt. National Crime Records Bureau’s recently-released data confirms this.