"Climate Activist Jailed in India as Government Clamps Down on Dissent"

"Disha Ravi, 21, is facing sedition charges, accused of sharing a Google Doc about the farmers protest with Greta Thunberg."

"Before anyone outside her hometown knew her name, Disha Ravi spent four years raising awareness among young people in Bangalore about the effects of climate change.

Now the 21-year-old activist is jailed in New Delhi. The allegation: She distributed a “tool kit” in the form of a Google Doc containing talking points and contact information for influential groups to drum up support for farmers who have been protesting against the Indian government for months.

The document — which the police say she shared with Greta Thunberg, the 18-year-old Swedish climate activist — resembles the kind that grass-roots organizations around the world have used for years to campaign for their causes.

But Ms. Ravi, the police contend, was using it to “spread disaffection against the Indian State.”"

Sameer Yasir reports for the New York Times February 15, 2021.


"Fear and Resolve: Indian Youth Campaign For Arrested Climate Activist" (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Source: NYTimes, 02/16/2021