World Bail for India activist linked to Greta Thunberg
83-Year-Old Indian Priest Slammed in Jail on Trumped Up Terror Charges
This story was produced in partnership with Coda Story. On the evening of Oct. 8, Father Stan Swamy took a break from watching TV and came down to the ground floor of Bagaicha, the Jesuit community center he founded in the eastern Indian town of Ranchi, Jharkhand. The 83-year-old priest and social activist was chatting with colleagues when an SUV pulled up outside. Four officers from the National Investigation Agency, India’s counter-terrorism task force, burst into the room—one of them holding a gun. Six more stood outside, and another police vehicle waited about 200 meters away. The officers spoke quietly to Swamy, seized his mobile phone and asked him to pack a bag.
An Indian court has granted bail to a 22-year-old climate activist who was arrested for sharing a document intended to help farmers protesting against new agricultural laws.
Police said Disha Ravi was a "key conspirator" in the "formulation and dissemination" of a protest "toolkit".
They have accused her of sedition and conspiracy - charges she has denied.
Activists have called her arrest a warning to those who want to show support to anti-government protests.
Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting for three months against new laws, which they say will benefit only big corporations.
These protests have come to represent one of the biggest challenges faced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.
Experts puzzled by dramatic fall in coronavirus cases in India
Experts say herd immunity or pre-existing protection from the virus are among several reasons for sudden drop in cases.But infections began to plummet in September, and now the country is reporting about 11,000 new cases a day, compared with a peak of nearly 100,000, leaving experts perplexed.
Ms Ravi, one of the founders of the Indian branch of the Fridays for Future climate strike, was arrested by Delhi police on 13 February from her home in the southern city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore).
She was flown to Delhi where she appeared before a magistrate and was remanded in custody.
In a statement posted on social media, police said she had "collaborated" to "spread disaffection against the Indian state".
They said she was an editor of a document - "toolkit" - and had shared it with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who had tweeted it.
Police said the toolkit suggested there was a conspiracy in the run up to a huge rally on 26 January, which saw protesting farmers clash with the police.
In court, Ms Ravi broke down and told the judge she had merely edited two lines of the document.
But police said she had shared the document with Ms Thunberg and then asked her to remove it after it was "accidentally" leaked.
"The call was to wage economic, social, cultural and regional war against India," Delhi Police Special Commissioner Praveer Ranjan said earlier this month.
"We have registered a case for spreading disaffection against the government of India - it's regarding sedition - and disharmony between groups on religious, social and cultural grounds, and criminal conspiracy to give shape to such a plan," he added.
Tamil Nadu finally gets the hero it craved and deserved .
Mumbai, Karnataka, Delhi and Tamil Nadu are often referred to as the big boys of Indian domestic cricket. Alongside winning many of India’s domestic titles, most of these sides produced some of India’s greatest cricketers: Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Sunil Gavaskar and Zaheer Khan from Mumbai, Anil Kumble, Gundappa Viswanath, Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath from Karnataka, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Bishan Bedi, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi from Delhi, and I could add Rishabh Pant in the future depending on the rest of his Test career.