13 Ugly Tactics employed by the Invisible Dictatorship in India against Civil Protests

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Every time there’s a civil protests govt is ready to pull-out tricks after tricks to suppress the public voice, where all it has to do is to listen to the people who elected it in the first place.

1. Secret gag orders are issued to the business-ends of the top media houses in order to reduce the coverage of activist movements. If not that, you’ll see specially crafted interviews where the lines are fed to the tainted ministers as an image makeover process. If that doesn’t work even genuine sting operations are painted into a counter-sting operations, after all, who owns the CBI?

2. Controlling the movement of people. Metro Stations around the sites of protests are closed citing “technical difficulties”. Highways are re-routed to make the route of Jantar Mantar longer. People coming from different states in groups are stopped from entering Delhi. Use of the section 144 “conveniently” on the days of protests. All done with utter insincerity believing that people won’t see through the sham.

3. Use of brute force against protesters to create an atmosphere of terror, and then later blaming it on some low-rank officer with a suspension letter. This discourages common people from joining  such protests out of fear. Instinctively, the common man is a coward, and just wants himself and his family to be safe, governments know that and use that to their advantage.

4. Deliberate delaying tactics to tire-out the protesters  If somebody’s on fast, govt chooses to wait and watch, and let people protest instead of beginning the dialogue process. As the health deteriorates a reverse pressure builds up on the people protesting. Then the government begins negotiations.

5. Booking a few random inconsequential protester under law and making an example out of them. Though this action may seem unfair and could be flat-out unlawful, it has the desired effect on people protesting i.e. discouragement and fear.

6. Use of unofficial blabbermouth spokespersons to inject flawed logic and scandalous arguments into the real debate and deflect public opinion from the original issues. These statements could be downright ridiculous and irrational but they do the job in engaging public in defending the cause instead of building more pressure.

7. Cooking-up fake charges backed by fake evidences (morphed CDs, voice recordings or paperwork) against the lead protesters in an effort to harm their integrity and image. Often easily disapproved by an expert, this tactic makes people question the movement for a short time and disperses opinions.

8. Using loopholes in vague laws like 66A, defamation and sedition to start legal proceedings with no solid case but only an intention to disrupt the movements, buy more time and let the ripples settle. Most common-folks have no idea about the intricacies of law, and it’s very easy for lawyer spokespersons to confuse people via news debates.

9. Engaging in illogical inter-party politics and mud-slinging to distract people from real debate. Asking a straight question always takes you the several years ago when the opposition did something similar. That somehow according to our leaders is a solid shield to hide under. So, opposition has an agenda and civil society has no expertise to understand nitty-gritties.

10. Taking forever to make an official statement. And leaving legally-sound pseudo-leaders with a gift of the gab to bear the brunt of people’s anger. While in reality these jokers posing as intellectuals are just the mouth pieces of the party high command. Their job is to defend whatever is the position of the government.

11. Cashing-in the clean image of apolitical seemingly-neutral eminent personalities of the society to take the side of the government, while getting treated very well for the good behavior behind the scenes. This is done to make ill-informed aam janta question its opinion.

12. Using paid-vandals to rile up the crowds of peaceful protesters into a mob of stone pelters. Youth wings of political parties are just a front to breed hooligans to do the dirty unofficial vandal jobs. Rest of the work is finished by the sponsored media channels who are an expert at presenting any saint as a thief, using a sensational script, decorated with broad headlines and a heavy background voice.

13. Releasing petty freebies in the budget in-return of the loyalty of a group of population, often working an angle of divide-and-rule. This group of population is often poverty-ridden and uneducated, ideal to play the buffer voter for these situations.

Whether in states or at the centre you’ll see these games played by the people in power again and again. Governments who can’t even manage their PR properly today go to all these lengths to curb movements which wouldn’t have born if the government had been more open in the first place. What they try to hide we’ll never know. The bits that come out become scams worth 15-16 digits. Go figure!
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