New Delhi: In India, the world’s largest self-proclaimed democracy, several leading journalists, including opposition leader Shashi Tharoor, have been charged with sedition for criticizing the Modi government.
Police in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have registered sedition cases against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and six other leading journalists in the country, but no arrests have been made, according to the International News Agency.
He is alleged to have instigated violent protests on January 26, the Republic Day of India, by entering a farmers’ tractor rally in New Delhi and waving Sikh flags on the dome of the Red Fort.
The journalists charged with sedition include well-known journalist Rajdeep Sir Desai, National Herald editor Maternal Pandey, Qaumi Awaaz editor Zafar Agha, and Caravan magazine’s Anant Nath and Vinod Joz. The opposition party cowardly carried out coup cases against its leader Shashi Tharoor and high-profile journalists.
On the other hand, the Editors Guild, an organization of journalists, has strongly condemned this cruel act of the Indian government, calling it an attack on freedom of the press.