In an unprecedented manner, in the early morning hours of 28th August, 2018, the Pune - Maharashtra police, assisted by local state police, simultaneously launched a multi-state raid in the houses of 5 prominent human rights activist in Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Thane, arresting
Romila Thapar gave a title to her essay in her recently published book, “The Public Intellectual in India”. I want to borrow that title as a title of this note of mine. The title is: To question or not to question? That is the question.
My concern is with silence. As a negative quality silence is a reluctance to speak up and question. Such a silence is on account of loss of sensitivity and incapacity to be disturbed. In order to emphasize on the necessity to speak and not to remain silent on this historical occasion, I quote an urdu couplet by Faiz Ahmed Faiz,
Modi's love for the cow is a smokescreen for his hatred for the Muslims. It is well known that a handful of poor Muslims have been engaged in cow-slaughter to provide cheap food to their poor brethren, but the big slaughter houses which have been exporting beef worth millions have been the prized possession of the rich Hindus ironically belonging to the BJP. Thus, all these days the RSS, Modi and the BJP have been swallowing the camel, but straining at the gnat.
The Japanese Government’s investment agency, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Government for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project (MAHSR), popularly known as the ‘Bullet Train Project’. There are two sets of government norms that the ‘Bullet Train Project’ has to adhere to: one, as per the Indian laws and second, as per the JICA Guideline of the Japanese Government.
August 28, 2018 witnessed raids at the houses and arrests of prominent activists and intellectuals Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj from Faridabad, Gautam Navlakha from New Delhi, Professor Varavara Rao from Hyderabad, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves from Mumbai and house raids of Fr. Stan Swamy in Ranchi, Anand Teltumbde in Goa, daughters of Professor Varavara – Anala and Pavana, journalist K V Kumaranath, EFLU Professor Satyanarayana, journalist Kranti Tekula and Naseem in Hyderabad and Susan Abraham in Mumbai.