The recent event of a school in Karnataka where sedition charges were slapped against the principal for organising an event against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has outlandishly caught the public imagination. Prior to that, we saw a brazen invocation of this colonial era law against many activists and scholars including Sharjeel Imam, Akhil Gogoi and against many people in Mumbai last week who dared to raise legitimate concerns against the govt. Since the recent past, the invocation of this extra-ordinary law has become more frequent in India, specifically targeted against the minority and marginalized groups.
Author: Neel Madhav & Muzamil Yaqoob
Neel is a student of Journalism at the University of Delhi and Muzamil is a post grad in politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. The authors are associated with the Lokniti program of Centre for the Studies of Developing Societies (CSDS) and could be reached at [email protected] and [email protected] The views expressed are personal