NEW DELHI: Several Opposition politicians and activists criticised the arrest of climate justice activist Disha Ravi on social media on Sunday. Ravi, a 22-year-old college student from Bengaluru, had started Fridays For Future India to rally support for environmental causes.
FFF was originally started by Greta Thunberg and has several chapters across the world. The India chapter had landed in controversy last July, when the organisation was drumming up awareness around the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020. Its website was briefly blocked by Delhi Police after receiving a complaint from Union IT minister Prakash Javadekar, whose email was flooded by thousands using a template created by FFF.
P Chidambaram (Cong ress): The Indian state must be standing on very shaky foundations if Disha Ravi, a 22 year old student of Mount Carmel college and a climate activist, has become a threat to the nation.
Akhilesh Yadav (SP chief): The question is when will those be arrested who keep issuing ‘toolkits’ to incite hatred and division among the masses and to break the national and social unity of India every single day. The BJP government should tell why they do not take action on these ‘toolkit creators’ even after complaining?
Shashi Tharoor (Cong ress): (while sharing screenshots of Disha’s arrest and Jammu & Kashmir suspended police officer Davinder Singh) Activists in jail while accused terrorists are on bail. Wondering how our authorities would commemorate this case on the anniversary of Pulwama Attacks? You have the answer in this pair of headlines.
Kavita Krishnan (CPIML): As I had warned, the FIR against the toolkit shared by @GretaThunberg is no joke, it is the latest flimsy pretext for a witch-hunt of activists in India. A 21-year-old student & #FridaysForFuture activist in Bangalore has been picked up for questioning on this pretext.
Dipankar (CPIML): #GretaThunberg couldn’t have imagined that her tweet in support of India’s fighting farmers would rattle the Modi regime so badly. The #GretaThunbergToolkit case has now led to an arrest! The world must be laughing! Release activist #DishaRavi.
Rajeev Gowda( Congress): An activist who stands up for farmers, fights for our planet, is arrested on flimsy grounds. Has the govt lost its balance? Will not such trumped-up charges, seeing conspiracy in regular social media mobilisation, do more damage to democracy?
Jignesh Mevani (Politician): This spineless government is threatened by tweets for peaceful protests but fully protects vigilantes roaming around with sticks on Valentine’s Day! Full solidarity to Disha Ravi
Priti Gandhi (BJP): Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander, Militant Burhan Wani joined the Hizbul at the age of 15 and was encountered at the age of
21. So we should have let him continue with his terror activities until a suitable age??
PC Mohan (BJP MP): Burhan Wani was a 21-year-old. Ajmal Kasab was a 21-yearold. Age is just a number! No one is above the law. Law will take its own course. A Crime is a crime is a crime is a crime. #DishaRavi