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Disha Ravi case: What is a toolkit that has brought activists under the lens?

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Disha Ravi case: What is a toolkit that has brought activists under the lens?


Activist Disha Ravi is in custody of the Delhi Police for editing and sharing a toolkit with globally known teen anti-climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg.

  • Some others have also been booked for coordinating with pro-Khalistan outfit Poetic Justice Foundation (PFJ) in connection with protest by farmers’ unions over the new farm laws.

What is a toolkit?

A toolkit has become a handy tool in sustaining a movement or campaign in times of social media influences.

  • It is a document created as an explainer on an issue as a guide to everybody who is associated with the campaign or can be roped in to give a fillip to the campaign.
  • It also provides a roadmap of how to take forward the campaign or agitation explaining what needs to be done, when and how.

What’s the case now?

In the present case, the toolkit became an accidental disclosure when Greta Thunberg on February 5 shared a Google document, a “toolkit, inadvertently. She deleted the tweet later, but it became a headline.

  • The toolkit tried to “explain the farmers’ protests” against the Modi government on the Delhi borders over the farm laws passed by Parliament in 2020.
  • After investigations, the Delhi police found that some pro-Khalistani elements were involved in creating disaffection against the country.
  • Disha Ravi is now accused of being a “key conspirator” for preparing and sharing the document.

What is Khalistan movement?

Khalistan movement was a separatist campaign primarily backed by Pakistan to foment terrorism during 1980s in Punjab. There have been attempts in recent times by groups based in Pakistan and Canada to revive the campaign with no practical traction in India.

Sources: the Hindu.