Push to silence Modi’s critics hits Arundhati Roy – Asia Times

After his BJP was re-elected, Narendra Modi recently won a third term as prime minister of India, leading the National Democratic Alliance ( NDA ) coalition in a minority government. Modi will have to work within the constraints of a significantly reduced mandate because he anticipated to get another majority from which to follow his Hindu nationalist or Hindutva agenda.

His government, which is known as” Modi 3.0″ in India, has a lot to do, including completing its reform programme and changing foreign investment scheme. The BJP lieutenant governor of New Delhi was given the go-ahead for the trial of the well-known writer and open academic Arundhati Roy for comment she made about the disputed territory of Kashmir abia when the new government was sworn in.

Former Central University of Kashmir professors Sheikh Showkat Hussain and Roy Hussain have been charged under the unlawful activities prevention act ( UAPA ), an anti-terror law. The allegations relate to “provocative” statements they reportedly “promoted the isolation of Kashmir from India” at a conference in October 2010.

All of this, however, was done 14 decades earlier, before the BJP won the election for president. Why is the Modi state risking losing a determine who is well-known abroad for what she said years ago?

The answer is that Modi’s Hindu nationalism’s argument about Kashmir is winnable. People who insists on raising the various problems of military, mismanagement, human rights abuses and repression in Kashmir tends to be accused of being anti- nationwide, seditious, pro- Muslim or criminal.

The BJP under Modi has been in power for ten years and has made significant constitutional changes in the Jammu & Kashmir place. However, the government has not addressed the conflict in the area or India’s significant territorial lost to China along the actual control line.

In the 2024 election, the BJP opted not to field any candidates in Kashmir with a majority of Muslims ( it had two in Jammu with a minority Hindu population ). At the polls voters rejected candidates from Kashmir’s major pro- India parties, preferring native independents who had opposed the Modi administration’s decision to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s unique status. One of the applicants chosen has been imprisoned in Delhi since the election in February 2019.

As a result, the BJP is evidently ultra- delicate about Kashmir. In a multi-layered political strategy intended to bait and discredit Modi’s Hindu nationalist ambitions, Roy is using a tool like Roy to target a popular figure in a cruel manner.


The BJP wants to use the persecution of Roy and other progressives and Kashmiris as leverage against its main political rival, the Congress party-led Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance ( India ), which performed better than expected in the most recent election. If the empire makes a statement about such stunts, it runs the risk of being delegitimized as “anti-national.” If it stays passive, it risks alienating its unique liberal followers.

However, for proper- aircraft Hindu nationalists, any conversation of Kashmir is something of a doggie whistle. They believe that any mention of Kashmir’s human rights and freedoms reflects subversive tendencies.

The BJP’s unique help center is also intended to be galvanized by the prosecution of Roy and Sheikh Showkat Hussain for speaking out on the topic. And it’s a message to another Modi reviewers: if someone with Roy’s page can be targeted, so can you.

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Its a sign of a wider structure in Modi’s political system. This kind of targeting is especially severe for those who have spoken out in support of the right or aspirations of the Kashmiri people at any time in the past and who not only support political values and criticize Modi’s authoritarian regime.

I know this from terrible experience. I’m an intellectual and artist, of Kashmiri nature, focusing on democracy and human rights in India and above. At a US legislative hearing on Kashmir in 2019, I testified at a reading that pro-Modi state newspapers attempted to control.

I was invited by the Congress-run state of Karnataka to a constitutional protocol in February 2024. However, when I arrived in India, emigration denied me passage despite the fact that I had all of the necessary documents. ” Directions from Delhi” was all I was told. I was detained while being watched by military watch. I received a notice of intent to withdraw my Indian citizenship while I was abroad several days later.

All the while, I was the target of planned and vicious assaults on social media from popular right-wingers and Modi-supporting records. The topic of the virtual outcry was a 2010 message I sent about Kashmir, which was used as evidence of my anti-national views. When Congress officials spoke in my help, the Karnataka BJP referred to me as a” Muslim sympathiser who wants India’s split up” and criticized “#AntiNationalCongress” for having invited me.

Since 2010, I have visited India several days. The issue for the BJP was n’t my 2010 tweet – which I explained in some detail. My more recent research focused on issues like the BJP government’s cure of dissention and the growing dictatorship under Modi. Although I was born in India and currently work there, I’m not sure when I’ll see my only living parent, my ailing mother, who ca n’t travel to me.

Several other authors, journalists, scientists and campaigners have been targeted also. Some people who have contacted us from Delhi or Srinagar have been imprisoned.

Roy’s oppression is a part of a wider pattern that tries to vilify any condemnation of Modi and his administration and impose restrictions on free speech while trying to confound the opposition into being called anti-national. Roy’s and Showkat’s oppression is a game maneuver that is a component of a plan to continue the undermining of politics in India.

At the University of Westminster, Nitasha Kaul is a head doctor.

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