24 January, 2021

The Other Killing

It's business as usual for the BJP in the assembly

Jitender Gupta
The Other Killing
Between the protests and outrage over Haren Pandya's murder, the Narendra Modi government rushed through as many as seven bills in the assembly. All in a matter of 30 minutes even as the entire Opposition was on its feet demanding a discussion on Pandya's shocking murder. They shouted slogans, rushed into the well of the House, tore apart the bills and flung microphones when the Speaker refused any discussion. It did not stop the ruling BJP from passing the bills which are likely to have long-time effects. Never mind if the Congress has now gone to Governor S.S. Bhandari, who's refused to budge even after cases of "constitutional crisis".

Among the seven bills, two are highly contentious: the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Bill and the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Bill, which the Opposition alleged was to further consolidate the BJP's communal agenda. The religion bill bans conversion by force and allurement. It makes it compulsory for every person converting to another religion to inform the district magistrate and the 'converter' to seek the government's...


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