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Was it simply a matter of dissent after all?

Author: Ramaharitha Pusarla
Publication: Myind.net
Date: August 30, 2018
URL:      https://www.myind.net/Home/viewArticle/was-it-simply-a-matter-of-dissent-after-all

Since Tuesday all hell broke loose and the chorus of India turning into a totalitarian state is being echoed by the leftists and liberals who are essentially leftists. On Tuesday, Maharashtra Police with the assistance of other task forces raided houses of nine activists in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Faridabad and Goa and arrested five self-proclaimed human rights activists and Maoist ideologues. Ever since, the clamour of dissent of democracy began to gain ground. But was it dissent after all?

On 2nd January, a day after the bicentenary of the momentous Koregaon Bhima rally in Maharashtra there were widespread protests across the states which soon turned violent. Protesting mobs eventually blocked roads, stalled train services. Commercial activity came to a grinding halt and soon the city of Mumbai was paralysed for six hours. Elsewhere in the state, mobs torched vehicles, burnt public property and murdered a 28-year old. Chief Minister of Maharashtra ordered investigation into this violence. Police probe indicated that Elgar Parishad held a meeting at Shaniwarwada, on Dec 31st and the provocative speeches eventually led to eruption of violence in the rally. Acting on eight FIRs filed, police arrested Elgar Parishad organiser, Sudhir Dhawale, Antachi Chalwal of Republican Panthers Jati, Delhi-based activist Rona Wilson, of Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), Surendra Gadling of Indian Association of Peoples Lawyers (IAPL), Nagpur University Professor Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, a former Prime Ministers Rural Development Fellow (PMRD). Police took them into custody for further investigation under the UAPA Act (Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act) instituted by the UPA-1 regime. All of them charged for inciting riots were found to have links with the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) in 2009.

In the course of investigation, police recovered an email addressed to Comrade Prakash from the laptop of Rona Wilson which revealed Maoist plot to assassinate Prime Minister Modi in a “Rajiv Gandhi type incident”. But Maoist sympathisers soon jumped into fray and retired Justice BG Kolse Patil dubbed the whole incident as government’s attempt “to crush the voices which are opposing them”. Following the cryptic clues provides in the letter, police began to track their ilk made the letter undersigned as R public. Aside mulling the strategy for the release of arrested Maoist GN Saibaba and other political prisoners the letter indicated a requirement of Rs 8 crore for procuring M-4 rifles and four lakh rounds of bullets. The unmissable references to Prime Minister Modi caught the attention of police. It read, “Modi led fascist regime is bulldozing its way into the lives of indigenous adivasis. In spite of big defeats like Bihar and West Bengal, Modi has successfully established BJP governments in more than 15 states. If this pace continues then it would mean immense trouble for party on all fronts. Greater suppression of dissent and more brutal form of Mission 2016. Com. Kisan and few others senior comrades have proposed steps for concrete end to Modi-Raj. We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi type incident. It sounds suicidal and there is good chance that we might fail but we feel that party must deliberate over our proposal. Targeting his road shows could be an effective strategy”.

In the meanwhile, Police chanced upon another old letter containing a plan to kill Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP Party President Amit Shah. Following a tip off from both these letters, Police intensified crackdown operations and arrested five people. These include-Maoist sympathiser Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha in Delhi, lawyer-human rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad, and activists Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreria in Mumbai. Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreria were taken into custody and shifted to Pune. The Elgar Parishad’s involvement in Koregoan Bhima case and the subsequent assassination plot plan have led to the arrest of these activists. But the opposition and intellectual cabal instead of apprehending insidious plot to assassinate democratically elected leader of government compared it to emergency of 1975.In the process, political parties and their media yes men supported by the libtards successfully subverted nation’s attention from alleged Maoist plot to overthrow democratically elected government.

In a deliberate twist to this whole crackdown exercise on Urban Naxalites, the cabal managed to play a victim card and portrayed the whole exercise as an attempt to throttle dissent. As soon as the news of arrests erupted, supporters of Maoist activists took to twitter and lashed out at Modi. The quick turn of events akin to a meticulously synchronised orchestra gearing up for an extravagant music rendition began to unequivocally condone the government and police as legions of a fascist regime. The awesome synchrony of the liberal brigade, jholawalas in condemning the Maharashtra police who spearheaded this whole exercise is incredible since the same brigade hailed their phenomenal services few days back for arresting members of Sanatan sanstha.

While there is an overflow of sympathy towards all the alleged activists, a peek into their previous histories shows that of the 10 arrested Maoist activists, seven of them were booked under UAPA even during the UPA regime. For all the desperate attempts to project these activists as honest, innocent and saviours of democracy, all of them have inveterate links with the banned Maoist party. Gautam Navalakha, worked closely with Ghulam Nabi Fai head of Washington based think-tank, Kashmiri American Council (KAC). In 2011, FBI arrested Fai, an American citizen as a message to Pakistan for running the think-tank, funded by ISI. KAC worked towards tilting American policy against India. KAC had roped in Indian leftist thinkers who strongly supported self-determination of Kashmir to build a case against India. KAC was instrumental in carrying out vicious propaganda of human rights violation in Kashmir. Navalakha strongly advocated for referendum in Kashmir and demilitarisation of Indian troops. For all his vicious narratives, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had barred his entry into Kashmir and he was deported him from airport under section 144 of CPC for inciting violence in 2011. Though widely popular as the editorial consultant of Economic and Political Weekly, he has inimical views towards India.

Twitterati specially contested the arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj, a trade unionist, lawyer and visiting professor for National Law University. But it emerges that she officiates JagLAG (Jagadalpur Legal Aid Group), which offers free legal services to Naxalites. She defended Binayak Sen who was awarded life term imprisonment for helping Naxalites and on charges of sedition. JagLAG petitioned to UN that Bastar is the most highly militarised zone in the World. Varavara Rao, popular as writer and patron of Maoist ideologist was arrested numerous times for its allegiances to the Naxalites. Vernon Gonsalves was arrested in 2007 by Maharashtra ATS for possessing nine detonators and twenty gelatin sticks for planning to launch a terror attack. Arun Ferreira was nabbed several times by police and arrested in 2007 for alleged Maoist links. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Naxalism as the biggest threat to India’s internal security. Ironically, Congress party which has lost its entire top brass of politicians to Naxal attacks in Chattisgarh is now standing up for them. At least 27 leaders were reportedly killed in the Darbha Valley attack in 2013 by Naxals.

Above all, it is beyond a common understanding as how a Maoist ideologue can be an apostle of democracy? Maoism and Democracy are antithetical to each other. They are mutually contradictory. How can an ideology which endorses, subscribes to violence, believes in proletariat dictatorial functioning and plots to overthrow a democratic government  be democratic? Moreover, how can the intellectual cabal supporting self-determination of states and eventual breakup of India  ever be benign. For all the emphatic talks on liberal values the cabal eulogises and emulates the dictums of Mao who oversaw the worst genocide ever that killed 45 million people in four years. In any case, those Indians who believe the plan to assassinate head of government is dissent must be naïve or hallucinating.

Interestingly, minutes after Gautam Navlakha was taken into police custody, a lobby of lawyers swung into action, forced the Delhi High court for an urgent hearing. The alacrity with which entire lobby regrouped, mobilised and prompted court into immediate action even as aggrieved deprived of legal clout are forced to wait for their turn patiently is simply fascinating. Questioning the legality of the arrest and citing statutory lapses, Court cancelled the transit remand transfer to take him to Pune. The next morning, Romila Thapar filed a plea in Supreme Court which directed the Pune police to keep all the five arrested activists under house arrest till Sep 6th. In response to the Elgar Parishad case, Justice DY Chandrachud maintained, “Dissent is the safety valve of democracy. If it is not allowed pressure cooker will burst”. By undermining the threat from the members of Elgar Parishad funded by Maoist party as dissent, Supreme Court has dismissed an imminent threat to country’s internal security.

India has been victim of terrorism and naxalism. According to reports over 20,000 people lost their lives to Maoist violence including 2700 security personnel in the last two decades. Around 50 districts labelled as red corridors are infested with Naxalites. In the last three years owing to government’s relentless crackdown efforts violent attacks have abated. Government is now trying to reach out to these regions through several inclusive developmental projects and welfare schemes. References to dangerous precedents of naxal violence is made in the context of crackdown on activists to draw attention to metonymic adage “the pen is mightier than sword”. Not only the foot soldiers who perpetrate the act of violence culpable even the instigating and patronising forces that prompt these people into action should be punished for supposed complicity in the killing of innocent people.

After government's big step of serious crackdown on the Maoists, the intellectual gang is rattled. Interestingly or rather expectedly, the left parties and Congress questioned the high-handedness of government. In the past four years, the break India forces are struggling hard to find their way with the government. With financial conduits choked, their sense of entitlement fizzled out, the gang which is now ignored and became irrelevant is making last ditch effort to wage a nasty war against the government. All the brothers in arms are now regrouping and trying their best to create chaos, unrest in the government. To this end, creating a negative perception towards the government has been their first step in the agenda. Steadily they buttressed this perception through large scale award wapsi, intolerance debates, false stories of alleged alienation of minorities and Dalits, instigated people for reservations, lent support to the protesting mobs irrespective of the agenda. Creating fissures in the diverse Indian society has been another facet of this agenda.

While it unlikely that arrest of urban Naxalites would yield anything conclusive but it will expose the nexus between all the anti-India forces.
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