Modi govt goes bonkers as case filed against Greta Thunberg for supporting farmers
Activists of United Hindu Front (UHF) burn an effigy with a picture of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg during a demonstration in New Delhi. AFP
Greta Thunberg's tweet on a "toolkit" for supporting the farmer protests was cited in a case filed Thursday by the Delhi Police that includes charges of sedition, an overseas "conspiracy" and an attempt to "promote enmity between groups", India media reported.
Narendra Modi-led Indian government is notorious for its Hindutva agenda based on RSS ideology and has fanned intolerance towards religious minorities, particularly Muslims and other underprivileged segments of the society.
Since Modi has been re-elected, the Hindu fascist culture has become the face of India.
The teen climate campaigner, unfazed, tweeted that she "still" stood with farmers and "no amount of threats" would change that.
Greta Thunberg's tweets in support of the protests near Delhi against farm laws are among many posts that have drawn international attention over the past two days to the farmers' agitation that began late-November.
The Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police is investigating several tweets but the subject of the FIR refers to Greta Thunberg's tweet this morning on a "toolkit" guiding people on how to support the farmers' protests.
The Delhi Police said "some elements" were trying to take advantage of the farmer protests and "one account" had posted a toolkit that was authored by a group called the "Poetic Justice Foundation" that was a "Khalistani organisation".
"Taking cognizance of the toolkit, the police has registered a case for spreading disaffection against the government of India (sedition) and disharmony between groups on religious, social and cultural grounds, and criminal conspiracy to give shape to this," said Praveer Ranjan, Special Commissioner of Police.
Ranjan said the toolkit "exposes the conspiracy by an organized overseas network" to instigate the farmer protests.
Soon after the FIR was filed, Greta Thunberg doubled down on her views with a new tweet: "I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest. No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest."
The 18-year-old's first tweet came on Tuesday night, soon after pop star Rihanna posted a one-line comment sharing a CNN story.
"We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India," Greta Thunberg wrote, sharing the same CNN story about the protests and the government restricting Internet near protest sites.
Last evening she posted a "toolkit" that sought support for the farmers' Republic Day protests, which was last week. She deleted the tweet soon after. This morning, she said she was sharing an updated "toolkit", which included seven ways to back the agitation. She also suggested organising protests near the closest Indian embassy on February 13 and 14.