State Of Play: Reality check for Mother Of Democracy as Centre, states crack down on freedom of speech & expression

With India being presented as Mother Of Democracy while hosting G20, the ruling governments are prosecuting people expressing their opinions.

ByAnusha Ravi Sood

Published Mar 24, 2023 | 6:02 PMUpdatedMar 24, 2023 | 6:02 PM

With India being presented as the Mother Of Democracy while hosting G20, from BJP-led Union government to Opposition parties-ruled state governments, here is a reality check into dissent, political opposition, and criticism being muzzled in India, raising serious questions over freedom of speech and expression.

From Chetan Ahimsa’s arrest over a tweet in Karnataka to multiple FIRs over ‘Modi Hatao Desh Bachao’ posters in Delhi, the arrest of a citizen over a video meme in Tamil Nadu or a Kashmir journalist’s arrest under UAPA, Political Editor Anusha Ravi Sood lists out worrying incidents in less than one week in Mother Of Democracy.