A few days ago, an Indian activist named Disha Ravi was arrested by the cops and put behind bars for editing and circulating a document tweeted by climate activist Greta Thunberg relating to India’s ongoing farmer protests.
Here’s what the cops had to say:
Disha Ravi, arrested by CyPAD Delhi Police, is an Editor of the Toolkit Google Doc & key conspirator in document’s formulation & dissemination. She started WhatsApp Group & collaborated to make the Toolkit doc. She worked closely with them to draft the Doc. @PMOIndia @HMOIndia
Delhi Police has taken cognizance of a ‘Toolkit Document’ found on a social media platform that predates and indicates a copycat execution of a conspiracy behind the 26Jan violence. The call was to wage economic, social, cultural and regional war against India.
Now I was really curious about this document, and wanted to see what’s in it.
So I did a lil research and found this link.
Now I scrolled through the document in question and found nothing terrible that could warrant the arrest of the document’s authors, publishers or readers.
But maybe it’s just me, right?
Maybe I’ve grown accustomed to living in a world of free speech and this issue is beyond my grasp.
So I put myself in the shoes of a filthy curry-munching Indian pig and tried to decipher all the problems I would have with this document.
And these guidelines listed in the document could be the answer:
1. Tweet your support to the Indian Farmers. Use hashtag #FarmersProtest #StandWithFarmers
2. Call/Email any of your govt representatives and ask them to take action, Sign online Petitions and take action to Divest from fossil fuel industries.
3. Organise an on-ground action near the closest Indian Embassy, Media House or your local Govt. office on 13th/14th February, 2021. Share pictures on social media using the hashtag #FarmersProtest #StandWithFarmers
1. Share solidarity Photo/Video Message on social media with hashtags #FarmersProtest #StandWithFarmers
2. Digital Strike: #AskIndiaWhy Video/Photo Message
3. Keep tweeting – Feel free to tag @PMOIndia, @nstomar (Minister of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare), your own heads of state & others who ought to take note, like the IMF, WTO, FAO, World Bank
4. Read more about the issue – https://ruralindiaonline.org/en/stories/categories/farming-and-its-crisis/
5. Physical Actions – Near Indian Embassies, Govt. offices, Media houses
6. Watch out for (or Join) the Farmers’ March / Parade (a first of its kind) into Delhi and back to the borders.
7. Call/Email any of your govt representatives and ask them to take action, Sign online Petitions and take action to Divest from fossil fuels.
So what’s the problem?
I gather that the Indian cops
a) Don’t like people tweeting about issues affecting the country.
b) Don’t want Indians calling their govt representatives about these issues.
c) Don’t want any on-ground action in front of any government building.
a) reminds me of China.
b) reminds me of the typical lazy Indian politicians who want to make as much money as they can and do absolutely nothing to help the citizens.
c) reminds me of the pressure the politicians must be putting on the cops to silence the dissenters.
For anyone who hasn’t been to India, this is your introduction to the great religious nation – of con artists, scumbags, pedophiles, rapists, crooks, thieves and assholes.
You can never get anything done in India. Why? Because it is a country where retarded nationalism is glorified above everything else.
Everyone is required to praise this great nation of filth instead of cleaning the filth up.
If you speak out against anything done wrong in that country, you’re a traitor.
I scrolled through some Twitter threads that mentioned Disha Ravi and it’s amusing to see the number of people calling her a traitor and terrorist and comparing her to Osama Bin Laden.
That’s India for you. Everyone will jump into the hate train without doing any research. India is full of blind nationalist sheep herded by wolves. The common man is too stupid to think for himself.
A good citizen in India is one who sees no wrong, hears no wrong, and does absolutely no wrong.
India is the next China.
India’s a country where activists are arrested, jailed and killed, while rapists are set free.
India’s a country where activists are seen as a bigger threat than rapists, wife-beaters and pedophiles.
India’s a country where cops will cremate rape victims in the middle of the night, after locking their families up.
This is why there will be no progress.
India is the country where slogans are passed around like prasadam, but no action is ever taken.
Now I’ve been to India before. And my experience was terrible.
The news articles tell me that it’s not getting any better. So, when will the government start censoring the media? ‘Cause we all know that’s the next step to controlling a nation – censoring Twitter is just the beginning.
Anyway, here’s my message for the activists in India: Get the fuck out. Get out whilst you can. Nationalism and activism don’t bode well together.
For those who can’t get out, well, it’s 2021. What’s your excuse for being a clueless privacy idiot in this modern age?
The world is changing. It’s changing fast.
Human rights are being taken away. Freedom is no longer a fundamental right.
Freedom of speech isn’t a right anymore; it’s a privilege. And Indians, Arabs, Chinese, Russians and many others no longer have access to it.
I think privacy 101 should be an activist’s introduction to the censorship regimes that most of us now live in.