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‘Truth always reveals itself’ — Climate activist Disha Ravi issues statement about her arrest

The statement, published on Disha Ravi's social media pages Saturday evening, talked about her arrest, police custody and climate justice.

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Bengaluru: Climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested last month for “disseminating” the ‘toolkit’ shared by Greta Thunberg on farmer protests, released her first statement Saturday, days after being granted bail.

In a statement posted on her social media pages, 22-year-old Ravi said, “Truth, no matter how long it takes, always reveals itself”.

“I had coerced myself into believing that the only way I would be able to live through this was by tricking myself into thinking that this wasn’t happening to me – the police did not knock on my door on 13 February 2021; they did not take my phone and laptop, and arrest me,” she said.

“I was aware of every minute of every hour of every day. Locked in my cell, I wondered when it became a crime to think the basic elements of sustenance on this planet were as much mine as theirs. Why were millions paying the ultimate price for the greed of a few hundreds,” Ravi wrote.

The Delhi Police had arrested Ravi on 13 February on charges of sedition, criminal conspiracy and spreading hatred for “disseminating” the ‘toolkit’ shared by Thunberg.

On 23 February, a Delhi court granted bail to her, terming the evidence produced by police as scanty and sketchy. The court also said there is nothing on record to establish any direct link between Ravi and “pro-Khalistani” organisation ‘Poetic Justice Foundation’ (PJF).

‘Actions pronounced guilty by seekers of TRPs’

The climate activist said she became a headline in the electronic media which was not only a violation of her autonomy, but an attempt by TV channels to increase their TRPs at her cost.

“It is no surprise that in the days that followed, my autonomy was violated; my photographs were splashed all over the news; my actions were pronounced guilty – not in the court of law but in flat screens by seekers of TRPs,” she wrote.

Ravi also recalled how she was not provided a lawyer in the first hearing in court and sent to police custody.

“As I stood in that court-room, desperately searching for my lawyers, I came to terms with the fact that I would have to defend myself. I had no idea whether there was legal assistance available, so when the judge asked me if I had anything to say, I decided to speak my mind. Before I knew it, I was sent to five days in police custody,” she said.

Ravi, who is also a founding member of the Indian chapter of Fridays For Future, the environmental movement launched by Thunberg in 2018, said “that most people knew little or nothing about climate activism or climate justice.”

“Climate Justice isn’t just for the rich and the white. It is a fight alongside those who are displaced; whose rivers have been poisoned; whose lands were stolen; who watch their houses get washed away every other season; and those who fight tirelessly for what are basic human rights. We fight alongside those actively silenced by the masses and portrayed as ‘voiceless’, because it is easier for savarnas to call them voiceless. We take the easy way out and fund saviourism rather than amplify the voices on ground,” she said.


Also read: Disha Ravi — ‘Soft-spoken girl with German Shepherd who always talked of making world better’


 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. If she consent about climate,then why she is useing mobile, laptop, wifi,it’s some other way bad affect climate and global warming….she should start leaving without technology

  2. Truth is that she is a terrorist found conspiring against the nation. Delhi sessions courts should not have given her bail. She needs to be interrogated for her links with khalistani outfits.

  3. How can you call her an environmental activist, perhaps who never spend single rupee of her own to plant trees. or how many times she told the farmers that chemical fertilizers and pesticides are not good for their health and also not good for their soils health.don’t talk about decency and truth,in your age, first you should learn how nature work and then became an activist.in her limited knowledge she is so confused that she supported farmers protest who are destroying nature for decades and then she call herself an environmental activist.in my view these are some idiot child of some wealthy parents.

  4. “Devil can quote the scripture” – She, who collaboratred with foreigners to spread lies is speaking of truth!

  5. She supports laws that incentivizes unbridled groundwater extraction. Then talks about her farmer grandparent’s struggle with water. ‘Kuch bhi’! How shallow and lopsided these activists are.

  6. There is no absolute truth. Police and she are both right and wrong – The police shouldn’t have arrested her while she should have stayed clear from elements acting against India.

  7. She is so naive didn’t know she or her family or friends has to arrange for lawyers, if you don’t have one then in first hearing court ask to appoint one. Clearly shows how she is trying to twist and mislead all.

  8. “Climate activist ” supporting farmers who are using depleting ground water resources by producing crops which are in surplus, also excessive use of fertiliser is polluting ground water. Stuble burning causing health issues to new born children and old people doesn’t bother “Climate activist “.

    It’s clear proponents of “ROME RAJYA ” are behind this activism.

    Government by acting against fake activist have ensured that anti INDIA undemocratic forces are dealt with early and not wait for them to achieve anti HINDU agenda.

  9. Can someone inform her she was jailed on basis of some flimsy grounds but it’s no where related to any elements or protecting them.
    She is in middle of a political fiasco with as knowledge as r. Atkinson had in his spy movies. Bad luck she didn’t solve crisis unlike atkinson.
    Everyone agree it’s wrong to arrest her but she seems to have her own thoughts completely unlinked to what happened on ground.

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