#cyberbullying | #cyberbully | Sanitising will not work and people will not allow an indefinite lockdown  

The lockdown mode has also taken away the normal avenues available to the people to lodge protests and air grievances. And while the people are effectively debarred from exercising their democratic rights, the state is treating it as an opportunity to cage citizens and silence and punish dissent.

The government has announced an aggressive privatisation campaign and opening up of the economy to corporates, camouflaged as ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, state governments have suspended crucial rights of workers, the environment ministry is threatening to do away with any say to the affected people in matters of environmental impact assessment, ordinances have been promulgated to institute total corporate control over agricultural production and marketing, and a new education policy has been announced that facilitates exit and exclusion of students rather than their entry and access.

While religious and political gatherings are prohibited under COVID-19 preventive protocol, the government has gone ahead with the Bhoomi Poojan at Ayodhya, turning it into an official event where for the first time a Prime Minister sworn to uphold a secular constitution has gone on to lay the foundation of a temple.

Instead of releasing senior citizen prisoners with serious health issues (Varavara Rao, GN Saibaba, Shoma Sen, Sudha Bharadwaj, to just name four), three more academics and writers (Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha, Hany Babu) have been arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case and more are being interrogated even as the real planners and perpetrators have been left scot-free.

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