Tarak Biswas, a freethinker and blogger
based in West Bengal, was arrested minutes after he criticised
Islam on social media. Acting on the complaint lodged by Sanaullah Khan, a
local leader from the ruling Trinamool Congress, the police arrested Tarak in
the wee hours of the night.
Tarak was arrested on the charges of hurting religious sentiments and posting offensive messages through communication services and produced in court where he was remanded to seven-day police custody.
While one democratic rights protection group registered protest by demanding Tarak’s immediate release, the left-leaning champions of free speech who protested against governments’ alleged crackdown on JNU following anti-national protests orchestrated by ultra-left-wing student-turned-political-activists including Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid remain silent. A question remains as to the motives behind their silence.
These groups have, time and again, blamed
the government for curbing their right to free speech. Not only have they raised
questions on army’s conduct in Kashmir, but have also hurt sentiments of Hindus
throughout the country. If anti-national groups can enjoy the
right to free speech, why can’t Tarak Biswas?
1) Smriti Irani On How Leftists At JNU Spin The Story Of Durga
2) Why JNU’s Mahishasura Story Is An Intellectual Travesty And Not Alternative Reading
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 999/year is the best way you can support our efforts.