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Kanhaiya's arrest indicates that the Home Ministry and the police which it directs are more intent on vendetta than facts. This begs a question: in the current climate, can we expect the courts to be any different?
On 17 July, as Friday prayers ended on the cusp of Eid, Nowhatta in J&K witnessed a dramatic shift in temperament. As a separatist protest broke out, Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba and IS flags were raised and the agitation quickly became violent. The police later dismissed the display of terrorist symbols as the attention-seeking methods of "13-14-year-old boys". However, the fact that early teens are identifying with the IS should raise alarm, not indifference, since it tests the government's theory that Indian Muslims are and will remain largely immune to violent fundamentalism.
For a place which has churned out actors like Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah, and has been administered by the likes of Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, to have Gajendra Singh in charge is akin to Yo Yo Honey Singh being nominated as chief of the Berklee College of Music. The Centre's actions would be funny if they were not so disconcerting. They represent an attempt at a systematic spread of influence at the expense of a generation.