You mean the journalist who got rapped up by Supreme Court for writing Fantasy stories about Gujarat riots. So much for knowing 'ground reality'.She being a sensible journalist has more information of the ground reality than you sitting in Mauritius
Is the Supreme Court really Supreme like Nature for its judgements to be always acceptable ? While the SC has rightly criticized the Uttar Pradesh police for giving red carpet treatment to that criminal son of that minister it has also done wrong things like not spoken about the continued jailing since one year of progressive activist Umar Khalid on trumped up charges while it released that hate monger Arnab Goswami.You mean the journalist who got rapped up by Supreme Court for writing Fantasy stories about Gujarat riots. So much for knowing 'ground reality'.
Independent journalists and media houses have had arrests made against them for reporting the true extent of COVID deaths some months ago. What was that ?If half of what is being accused by these folks is true, they wouldn't even be out in the open. Irony of crying fascism through news portal while living in India.
"Mother of democracy"... LOL. Additionally, not only should Democracy be not given an anthropomorphic name, Democracy was thought up of by various non-"Indian" cultures in history especially the Greeks who brought in the idea of Demokratia.The Siddique Kappan case and the assault on India’s Constitution
Police accusations against the journalist, if accepted by the courts, will push the boundaries of what is legally credible and rewrite free-speech guarantees.
Oct 02, 2021 · 09:00 am
Siddique Kappan wrote about many of the things I write about: India’s majoritarian turn and discrimination against Muslims. That he is in jail, and I am not, reflects my privilege – as a Hindu and as a journalist writing in English.
Kappan has now been in jail for a year, facing charges that include sedition, conspiracy to incite violence, outraging religious feelings and sundry terrorism charges. If he could face such charges merely for trying to do his job, so could we all.
Kappan was picked up by the police in Uttar Pradesh while on his way to the site of an alleged gangrape and murder of a young Dalit woman in a village called Hathras, the kind of journey all reporters make in the course of their jobs. In December 2020, the Uttar Pradesh police told the Supreme Court that Kappan – a family man of modest means – was not a journalist but only “posed” as one. But Kappan very clearly was a journalist, with a decade’s worth of reporting under his belt.
In a 5,000-word chargesheet – the kind of voluminous submissions now common when cases stand on legal quicksand – filed in April 2021, less than six months after the submission to the Supreme Court, the Uttar Pradesh police acknowledged he was indeed a journalist.
There is no evidence of terrorism, charges of which allowed his detention without bail for this long, so the police have doubled down on the charge of incitement against Kappan, but in doing so, the argument they present against him wanders from the realm of legal possibility to an Alice-in-Wonderland bizarreness: off with his head, for no reason.
“In the writing, the Muslims have been portrayed as victims [who] were beaten up by police and were asked to go to Pakistan. It is evident from the writing that it has been done to incite Muslims,” says the chargesheet, filed in April, the contents of which were revealed in the Indian Express this week.
“These writings of Siddique Kappan, to a great extent, can be classified as communal,” says the chargesheet. “During riots, taking the name of a minority and talking about events related to them can incite sentiments. Responsible journalists do not do such communal reporting. Kappan only and only reports to incite Muslims, which is a hidden agenda of PFI [Popular Front of India]. Some stories were written to sympathise with Maoists and Communists.”
Nothing in these accusations is, remotely or otherwise, a crime. Writing on a subject is called a beat or an interest. The Popular Front of India is not a banned organisation. Sympathising with someone or an organisation – whether banned or not, and Communists are not proscribed – is not a crime.Kerala Union of Working Journalists' statement on UP police chargesheet against journalist #SiddiqueKappan : "The action of the UP police is nothing but treating journalism as a crime. This goes against the very spirit of freedom of expression guaranteed under the constitution." pic.twitter.com/odhJjBkFFh
— Mahtab महताब مہتاب (@MahtabNama) October 1, 2021
The police accusations against Kappan, if accepted by the courts, will not just further push the boundaries of what is legally credible but will fundamentally undermine or rewrite India’s Constitution.
Article 19 (1) of the Constitution guarantees – with exceptions, of course – freedom of speech and expression. The freedom of the press is not specifically guaranteed, but that is because Babasaheb Ambedkar, chariman of the committee that drafted the constitution, believed no special mention of the press was needed since it was guaranteed to every Indian.
If any of the accusations against Kappan is a crime, any, and every journalist – and indeed any Indian – could be arrested and accused of anything that the police deem to be illegal, regardless of what the law and Constitution say.
The attempt to rewrite what is a crime has been previously made by many police forces in India. Some of these have been accepted by district to Supreme courts, referencing extra-legal arguments that range from “jihadi mentality” to “collective conscience”.
The concerted efforts now underway to criminalise journalism itself are most apparent in Uttar Pradesh, where Kappan is incarcerated, and Kashmir, where the tide of state criminality against journalists is most apparent.
In Kashmir, the assault on journalism has grown exponentially over the two years since the region’s special constitutional status was removed and the state reduced to a union territory governed directly from New Delhi.
Kashmiri journalists have faced criminal cases, including under India’s draconian anti-terror law, for merely reporting stories. They have been slapped, detained – sometimes at gun point – threatened and police pressure brought to bear even on their families. Entire topics are off limits, and in one Kashmir district, journalists can no longer even call themselves journalists unless they are registered with local authorities.
As the saying goes, what happens in Kashmir today, happens in the rest of India tomorrow.
The police in Uttar Pradesh have not been as severe, but the Kashmir model of menacing journalists is evident. The Uttar Pradesh police have even gone beyond state boundaries to reach into the heart of India’s capital and register criminal cases against journalists there for little more than, well, journalism.
These cases are not filed because the police believe there is a case to be made out but because they are anxious to be accomplices to those who run the government, in this case India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, notorious for its contemptuous approach to journalism and journalists.
As Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has never addressed a press conference, and the term “presstitute”, evolved by one of his ministers, reflects his party’s ill-concealed contempt for independent journalism, diametrically opposed to his declaration abroad that India is the “mother of democracy”.
The government’s modus operandi to cripple Indian democracy is apparent: get the police to file cases against anyone regarded as politically inconvenient – a journalist or anyone else – make some arrests on whim and political diktat and let the cases meander through the courts.
As Kappan’s case illustrates, innocence or guilt is immaterial: the message is that journalism is no refuge for free speech and that India’s laws and Constitution – far from being protective features – will be weaponised against those who do not fall in line.
Every journalist who writes on matters regarded as inimical to the interests of India’s ruling party would be well advised to look over their shoulder.
I know I do. The difference, as a Muslim colleague put it, is that a Hindu journalist may face a case. “I will face UAPA”, the anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, he said.
Samar Halarnkar is the editor of Article-14.com, a project that tracks misuse of the law and the hope it offers.
Yes but none of that has occured
Indian muslims have no love for Pakistan. Met many and they hate Pakistan more than Narinder Modis BJP RSS.I don't get it. Indian Hindus say Indian Muslims love Pakistan but Indian Muslims i have met have zero love for Pakistan. Its almost like they hate pakistan for being told they love it by their countrymen. WHat a strange condition.
Thank you Jinnah.
Only a few fall for such propaganda. Most Indians know that Pakistanis are nice and peaceful people.Perhaps Indians have to deal with what Pakistanis have dealt with for a long time. For decades we have been told that Pakistan is an extremist shithole where minorities are converted or killed on a daily basis. For decades they have denied this and claimed that outsiders have no clue of ground reality and that Pakistan is a safe, liberal country.
Following are the things that Indians said about Pakistan, which are now exactly reversed in the media:
Indians have a lot catch up to do in the 'defending and clarifying' department. I stay away from this as it is very tiring. Jis ko jo believe karna hai kare.
- Pakistan is ruled by mullahs and warmongers
- Pakistan is an aggressor while India only believes in self-defence
- Pakistan is a US puppet
- Pakistani economy suffers from crony capitalism while we are more egalitarian
- The average Pakistani is a religious zealot while Indians are moderately religious
- India is a victim of Pakistani terrorism
- India is infested with ISI agents
- Pakistan was liberal to start with but descended into extremism
So your arguing for no reasonYes. Her articles are always accurate and she does not have habit of mincing words.
Yeah, so you believe someone who have a proven track record of writing made up stories vs SC. You're simply predictable, just because something doesn't suit your narrative you're going to discredit anyone who don't agree with you with conjecture and deflection, you want those who oppose you to be jailed, and you call Modi fascist.Is the Supreme Court really Supreme like Nature for its judgements to be always acceptable ? While the SC has rightly criticized the Uttar Pradesh police for giving red carpet treatment to that criminal son of that minister it has also done wrong things like not spoken about the continued jailing since one year of progressive activist Umar Khalid on trumped up charges while it released that hate monger Arnab Goswami.
Kappan was caught with PFI men, a bunch of radical Islamist terrorist together riding to an area that has been cordoned off because of violence. Why is everyone trying to inflame riots all of a sudden? Kappan worked for a paper run by Jamaat with notorious connection to PFI. He ain't some peacenick journo who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.Independent journalists and media houses have had arrests made against them for reporting the true extent of COVID deaths some months ago. What was that ?
Keralite journalist Siddique Kappan who had gone to UP to report on the Hathras gangrape / murder case. What was that ? I quote this article :
"Mother of democracy"... LOL. Additionally, not only should Democracy be not given an anthropomorphic name, Democracy was thought up of by various non-"Indian" cultures in history especially the Greeks who brought in the idea of Demokratia.
See many people said that they will leave US if Trump wins but they never did. Same is the case here. Did right wing parties gained in the last few years. Yes. Do they have support of the majority? Certainly not. At one point in time India was 99% left. Now India is 60% left and 40% right. Words like Fascist are just hyperbole to attract attention. Ground realities are quiet different.So your arguing for no reason
She has accurately described the circumstances of India today and the undeniable fact that JINNAH WAS RIGHT
And for kashmiri, and Indian Muslims of all types the above fact is all important
The ground realities support this articleSee many people said that they will leave US if Trump wins but they never did. Same is the case here. Did right wing parties gained in the last few years. Yes. Do they have support of the majority? Certainly not. At one point in time India was 99% left. Now India is 60% left and 40% right. Words like Fascist are just hyperbole to attract attention. Ground realities are quiet different.