Our New Database Reveals Rise In Sedition Cases In The Modi Era – By Kunal Purohit
Sedition cases – in violation of clear Supreme Court guidelines – against six journalists and former deputy foreign minister Shashi Tharoor on 28 January 2020 in 10 first information reports (FIRs) across five states where the police are controlled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are part of a flood of such cases against critics and dissenters, coinciding with the rise to power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi since 2014.
Launched today, Article 14’s sedition database, a count and analysis of all sedition cases since 2010, reveals: 65% of nearly 11,000 individuals in 816 sedition cases since 2010 were implicated after 2014 when Modi took office. Among those charged with sedition: opposition politicians, students, journalists, authors and academics.
96% of sedition cases filed against 405 Indians for criticising politicians and governments over the last decade were registered after 2014, with 149 accused of making “critical” and/or “derogatory” remarks against Modi, 144 against Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister Yogi Adityanath….