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Undeclared Digital Martial Law in Maharashtra

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Protest against Maha Vikas Aghadi Government for clamping down on Freedom of Speech and Expression
Protest against Maha Vikas Aghadi Government for clamping down on Freedom of Speech and Expression

Politics makes strange bedfellows and the Maha Vikas Aghadi state government has been alliance of three unlikely partners with the aim of keeping Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) out of power. And the ring master of this alliance is NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar, who has steered the alliance in the last two years. The alliance of convenience and contradictions has been working towards muzzling the free voice and crushing dissent with iron fist.

In the latest incident the Mumbai Police arrested 23 year old Nikhil Shyamrao Bhamre pharmacy student for an alleged objectionable tweet against NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. The case against the accused have been filed by NCP functionary and multiple FIR has been filed in an organized and synchronized manner for the alleged tweet is mala-fide and points to gross abuse of the process of law. In fact the alleged tweet do not promote enmity against any groups on ground of religion, race and neither threaten to disrupt public harmony. In a similar fashion week later Cine Artist Ketki Chitale was arrested for criticising NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

Last year the State govt arrested Union Minister Narayan Rane for criticising Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackrey. And last month the independent MLA Ravi Rana and his wife and Amravati MP Navneet Kaur Rana were arrested for planning to chant ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ on a loudspeaker outside Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence. Senior BJP leader Kirit Somaiya 68 years old was attacked by one hundred Shiv Sena Goons.  Apart from Opposition leaders Bollywood Actress Kangana Ranaut faced the wrath of BMC demolition drive, when she criticized the state government expressing her insecurity of Mumbai feeling like POK.

In light of constant criticism of Maharashtra Government, reputed TV anchor Arnab Goswami assaulted and arrested Arnab Goswami from his residence. The brutal arrest and assault points out of witch hunt against Republic TV to silence any expression of dissent against the ruling MVA. The multiple, organized and synchronized FIR filed by multiple parties in this case also points out of an institutionalized framework established by the state government to subvert judicial institutions and the law enforcement agencies conniving with the political parties to crush dissent.

On the contrary the state government has turned blind eye on derogatory remarks made by Shiv Sena leader and actor Deepali Sayed. Former Congress leader Imran Masood had publicly threatened to chop Narendra Modi into pieces in 2014. Shiv Sena MP had called Narendra Modi follower of Adolf Hitler. Congress leader had compared PM Modi to Bhasmasur and Mani Shankar Aiyar had called PM Modi “chaiwala” & “neech aadmi”. Not to be left behind senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam called PM Modi “Anpadh & Gawar”.  All of this expletives and jibes seems to have been inspired from Congress Supremo who called Narendra Modi as “Maut Ka Saudagar”.

On the one hand the Maharashtra state government is becoming increasingly draconian in its crackdown for state citizens expressing dissent against NCP Supremo the Prime Minister Modi has maintained stoic silence despite concerted attempt by the opposition funded propaganda campaign to defame Prime Minister time and again attacking him personally and holding him responsible for the second wave last year.

A spate of arrest in the last month in state of Maharashtra for dissent on social media, is sign of undeclared digital martial law imposed by MVA administration and exposes the hollowness of the so called progressive and liberal traditions. Justice D Y Chandrachud of the Supreme Court had stated that dissenting voices cannot be labelled as anti-national and in the liberal democracies the citizens enjoy the right to express. And its time for the Judiciary to wake up and direct the state government to uphold constitutional values and rights of citizens of the state thereby restraining the blatant use of power.

UMESH AGARWAL
UMESH AGARWAL
Everybody has an opinion. Do they, however, truly matter? These days, blending various viewpoints has resulted in the development of hazardous concoctions of perspectives. The true goal, however, was to cultivate serious intellectual revolutions that would influence the people and create a community that might affect global change. About Umesh Agarwal Umesh Agarwal, a conscientious Indian citizen active in media and volunteer work, thinks that young people in India need to become more aware of both spoken and unsaid global events. An entrepreneur by trade, a commerce graduate by education, and a veteran of the information technology three-tier architecture industry, He has made it his mission to increase public understanding of global current affairs, macro and microeconomics, heritage, international relations, history, and economic affairs. He is a renowned geopolitical expert, visionary, and astute opinion leader. He is passionate about analysing current events and reporting on them in a variety of international publications, including Trunicle, USApolitico, Keatley, and BharatVoice. Many of his writings went viral and attracted the attention of international celebrities who commented on them. VISION Umesh queries, "Is it easy to be vocal and politically opinionated with numerous avenues of information like print media, live websites, and interactions on social media. But the crucial query is: Are we expanding our thinking? Can we uncover facts buried in layers? Are we capable of fully comprehending the political game of cards?” He frequently states that In today’s capitalist society, if we don't teach the next generation how to protect themselves from the tragedies of bureaucratic conspiracies, they might never learn to protect themselves and make big decisions. VOLUNTEERING WORK Along with his involvement with numerous charitable organisations, he had managed multispecialty day care diagnostic and cancer detection centres that serve more than 100,000 people in Chennai. Having participated in numerous humanitarian and social organisations as a contributor. INDIACHRONICLE With the vision of promoting transparency and empowering the youth , he has launched a mediahouse- IndiaChronicle.in, a new centrist journal designed to promote educated debate and offer insightful information on the many areas that influence our society. India Chronicle seeks to fill in the gaps in public conversation by offering a fair-minded and complex viewpoint on important topics. Our readership is made up of a diverse group of people, including decision-makers, academics, workers, and active citizens who seek insightful information. Its time that we think of the persistent little contributions that make us a more responsible individual and a global citizen. Follow on Email : ukagarwal@gmail.com Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ukagarwal Twitter : https://twitter.com/ukagarwal Linked In : https://www.linkedin.com/in/ukagarwal/ YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/@ukagarwal Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ukagarwal2k2/

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