28 July, 2021

Jack In The Pack

The Shiv Sena wants Muslims disenfranchised, shouldn’t they be instead?

Jitender Gupta
Jack In The Pack

Cut Them Out?

  • Editorial in Saamna says Bal Thackeray believed Muslim voting rights should go
  • Author and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut backtracks as there are legal implications
  • Bal Thackeray himself disenfranchised for some years for hate speeches
  • After flak, Sena now says not against Muslims’ voting but should curb birth rate
  • No action against Saamna although Election Commission could send notice, police could lodge complaint


Disenfranchisement, as per its meaning, is the revocation of the right of suffrage of a person or a group of people. It can be achieved through the law, or by selective implementation in a discriminatory fashion. It can be done through physical intimidat­ion, where one social group isn’t allo­wed to vote by a more powerful social bloc.

We now have it on the good authority of Sanjay Raut, a Shiv Sena MP in the Rajya...

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