The government outmanoeuvred a disintegrated opposition to steamroll a potentially dangerous UAPA bill in parliament empowering the state to designate an individual as terrorist. Strong laws to fight terror already exist. PM Modi is sidestepping legislative scrutiny to make tough laws look tougher — but increasing scope for political misuse.
After whipping up paranoia, a cynical BJP is questioning the whole NRC exercise
By pointing errors in the district-wise inclusion figures in NRC, Assam’s BJP government has vitiated what has already been a socially wrenching process. After whipping up paranoia, BJP’s cynical, majoritarian politics is now on full display with the centre and state putting a big question mark on the whole exercise.