14
Jul

Farmers Protest: Sedition

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Day 231

Toll 538+

Sedition

Last two days, I shared a few pictures just to check if Facebook algorithms prevent my posts from reaching you. Looking at the response, that is confirmed. Also, I know visuals are easy to respond to, text needs some reading. Anyway, I decided to not use the hashtag. Perhaps, the message will show in your feed.

Yesterday, for the first time, the Haryana police charged farmers with sedition. Yes, you read that right. Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan – Kisan now charged with incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority. This is classic!

On July 11, about a hundred farmers were protesting against Haryana Deputy Speaker Ranbir Gangwa in Sirsa. Police has now filed sedition changes against two leaders, Harcharan Singh and Prahlad Singh, and 90-100 other unidentified farmers under stringent Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 124-A (sedition) and 307 (attempt to murder).

The sedition law, an artefact of the British, brought in 1870, is itself inexplicable in a democracy – Britain abolished it in 2011. Sedition was made a cognizable offence for the first time in history of independent India during the tenure of PM Indira Gandhi in 1973, when arrest without a warrant was made permissible. That is the government this government criticises to find its place in people’s hearts. Yet, this government is merely repeating what Indira Gandhi did. Actually, much worse.

The question here is: who is the nation? Is it the government or is it the people?

Pictures coming in right now from rains on borders. Click to see here. Do you think these people want to topple the government?

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