The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre has become “undemocratic and anti-people” and is destroying institutions while hounding its adversaries, civil rights activists, jurists, journalists and students from India said at a two-day virtual conference titled ‘Reclaiming India’.
The conference was organised by the Global India Progressive Alliance, Hindus for Human Rights, India Civil Watch International, Indian American Muslim Council, and Students Against Hindutva Ideology. The panelists were of the opinion that the only way to resist the Narendra Modi government’s authoritarianism is to strengthen institutions and foster south Asian solidarity.
Speaking during a session on the judiciary, senior advocate Prashant Bhushan said that the Union Government has “singularly tried to subvert the independence of the judiciary, firstly, by not making the appointment of independent judges and getting independent judges transferred”. Former Additional Solicitor General of India and Supreme Court lawyer, Indira Jaising, said that criminal procedure has “become a plaything in the hands of (Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s) government”.