…and our current BJP government does not like it when its citizens disagree with it.
First things first – I’m not a news portal, and I get my info from pretty much the same sources as you do, but as this morning’s hectic news cycle rolls on, the situation across india is one of extraordinary scenes.
There are protests happening/planned all over the country, and the government is imposing Section 144, trying to play catch-up and stifle the protesters.
I told you about Section 144 in a recent blog post, but am sharing the explanation here again for you:
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 authorises the Executive Magistrate of any state or territory to issue an order to prohibit the assembly of four or more people in an area. According to the law, every member of such ‘unlawful assembly’ can be booked for engaging in rioting.
They’ve just imposed Section 144 at Delhi’s iconic red Fort where protestors were gathering to start a march.
Section 144 has been enforced in the whole of the state of UP. A whole state? Now how on earth does that work?
Some of Delhi’s metro stations have been shut.
The border with Gurgaon, our satellite town, has been shut, to prevent people coming to Delhi for the protest, one imagines. My daughter works in Gurgaon – but luckily she’s on a business trip, so not around to endure this…
The internet is suspended in certain parts of Delhi & hats off to Airtel for such a gutsy tweet:
A highly respected scholar & historian, Ramachandra Guha, has been detained in Bengaluru (Bangalore) – jeez, & hat is supposed to be one of the most liberal and outward-looking cities in the country, home to much of the IT industry:
Marches are planned in Mumbai…and so it continues, nationwide outrage against discriminatory laws based on religion.
WELL DONE, INDIA!
For now, thank goodness, most of the protests are peaceful.
Please God it stays that way.