Is ‘BJP-droh’ new ‘desh-droh’

Delhi government’s nod for sedition trial against Kanhaiya Kumar has sparked a new debate. Is hailing BJP and it’s policies is the only way to prove your nationalism?

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Delhi government's nod for sedition trial against Kanhaiya Kumar has sparked a new debate.

Is hailing BJP and it's policies is the only way to prove your nationalism?

The question hits the nation as in present state, criticism against BJP may land you in trouble.

Kanhaiya Kumar will be prosecuted under charges of sedition in a four year old case...

..Where Kanhaiya criticised the BJP government in JNU for its policies.

The Delhi Police had last year filed the charge sheet against Kanhaiya  and others for leading a procession  in February 2016.

Congress leader P Chidambaram today hit out at the Delhi government for its sanction to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar.


Chidambaram said, the Kejriwal dispensation is "no less ill-informed than the Centre" in its understanding of the sedition law.

"I strongly disapprove of the sanction granted to prosecute Mr Kanhaiya Kumar and others for alleged offences under sections 124A and 120B of IPC," he said.

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap also slammed Arvind Kejriwal for the nod, and asked Kejriwal in a tweet "kitne me bike?"

It also charged former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya with allegedly shouting anti-India slogans.

Former JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar had been lambasting PM Modi and his government for divisive policies.

The sedition seems to be a step in vengeance by the BJP as in many cases action has been taken against those who criticized the government.

The Supreme court recently said in a ruling that a few slogans against India or pro-secessionist chants alone are not enough to attract sedition charges.

It will invite such charges only in cases of violent, overt attempts to overthrow a government, the Supreme Court said in a series of rulings.

The top court clarified that cases involving mere dissent or critique of the government would not attract such charges.

The government seems to misuse the law to crush dissent or harass political opponents.

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