June 9, 2018
‘Plot to kill Modi’ or state propaganda? Here are 5 questions on the probe
Even as twitter is roasting the PM-assassination-plot theory and its proponents, it is important to note that the way this narrative is being built is exactly how state propaganda works.
At first, the state turns a blind eye to allegations leveled against its agents. When the heat begins to rise, a campaign is unleashed to reverse the narrative. Opponents of the regime are hunted, barely-provable evidence is produced from thin air and is labeled incriminating.
The state and its agencies do not wait for public acceptance of the narrative which is swiftly moving from one conclusion to the next. The complainants are eventually branded as enemies of the state, making it easy for the law to swoop down on them and for the state to manufacture public disapproval.
Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote, leaders of radical Hindutva outfits, are accused of instigating large-scale violence during a Dalit congregation in Pune’s Bhima-Koregaon on January 1 and 2 this year. The violence killed one man, besides injuring several others.
While Ekbote was arrested but is now out on bail, Bhide continues to be unreachable for the fabled long arm of the law. Meanwhile, an entire bunch of activists dedicated to fighting battles for Dalits and tribals is arrested.
A letter is produced, purportedly recovered from the laptop of the one of the accused. The prosecution lawyer reads out the letter in court after which, only the ruling party’s spokespersons get access to it. They read it out on TV and publish excerpts on social media.
The letter talks about Maoists and openly mentions information about their plans, meetings, funding as well as criminal projects. Those arrested are also promptly labeled Maoists.
Do attend rally/meeting in Kolkata against fabricated allegations and arrests of civil rights activists, lawyers, academics and others in parts of the country.
Date – June 11
Time – 3 pm
Meet at – Esplanade, front of Lenin’s Statue, walk to Bowbazar Bank of India Junction to attend protest meeting.
Organiser- Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR)
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CONDEMN THE ARREST OF ADV. SURENDRA GADLING, PROF. SHOMA SEN, SUDHIR DHAWALE, MAHESH RAUT AND RONA WILSON BY THE PUNE POLICE!
To condemn these arrests and attack on people’s struggles, the undersigned have organized a “Meet the Press” on Tuesday 12th June 2018 at 3pm at the Press Club, CSMT, Mumbai.
Justice (Retd.) B G Kolse Patil (Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Diwas Prerna Abhiyan), Indira Jaising, former Addl. Solicitor General, Supreme Court of India, Mihir Desai, Senior Advocate (PUCL, Maharashtra), Adv. Maharukh Adenwalla (CPDR), Bilal Khan (NAPM), Abhirr Palat (Amnesty India), Feroze Mithiborwala (Bharat Bachao Andolan), Sadiq Qureshi (B K S D Prerna Abhiyan)