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Indian police named Disha Ravi as a “key conspirator” in the “formulation and dissemination” of literature inciting insurrection against the government. For her contribution to a “toolkit”, a document meant to assist farmers in their protest against the latest agricultural laws, the 22-year-old was arrested.

Arresting Ravi demonstrated a clear message to the public, that dissenters would be silenced.

The “toolkit” in question gained widespread awareness, by being posted and reposted by celebrities and activists of a higher caliber.

New agricultural laws threaten the livelihoods of tens of thousands of farmers. For the past two months, farmers have been expressing their discontentment through public protests.

These new developments will loosen regulations regarding sales, pricing, produce, etc. Destabilizing the traditional legislature that has been protecting the farmers from the free market.

 

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