What is a toolkit and why is Delhi Police cracking down on makers of document shared by Greta Thunberg?

February 15, 2021 by No Comments

A non-bailable warrant has been issued against a Mumbai-based lawyer and another person in connection with Delhi Police’s probe into the Greta Thunberg “toolkit” related to the farmer’s protest against the Centre’s three agri laws.

Reports claimed that two people – Nikita Jacob and Shantanu – are absconding and non-bailable warrants have issued by a Delhi court. The two are involved in the toolkit matter, the Delhi Police said.

According to reports, Nikita Jacob is a lawyer who practices at the Bombay High Court.

Nikita Jacob has, meanwhile, moved the Bombay High Court for interim protection against the police action. The HC will be hearing the matter on Tuesday.

This comes a day after 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi was sent to five-day police custody after her arrest from Bengaluru.

Arrest suggests authorities are serious about cracking down on the issue of the toolkit tweeted by Swedish climate activist greta thunberg

The toolkit had come under criticism from the government and its supporters in the past week and Delhi Police had registered an FIR on February 4, albeit without naming any individual.

What is ToolKit?

Put simply, a toolkit is a plan of action for getting something done. They are not hard and fast rules or instructions per se. Rather, a toolkit explains the topic at hand and offers a set of adaptable suggestions that can be followed to achieve the desired goal. According to the Collins Dictionary, a ‘tool kit’ is ‘the set of skills, abilities, knowledge, or other things needed in order to do a particular task or job’.

Who uses a toolkit?

A toolkit by itself is not a symbol of dissent or something used by unsavoury elements. It has found itself being used by the government as well as social organisations and more. the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade of the Government of India for example has toolkits uploaded to its official website. But the Indian government’s ‘IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police’ is just one example.

Toolkits are also present on the website of the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and on the official Public Health England website. According to details provided with the latter site, that particular Social Media Toolkit contains “information to help local authorities and other partners promote the campaign through social media to help reach as many families as possible”. The document also contains template posts for social media.

Why then is the toolkit shared by Greta Thunberg a problem?

According to the Delhi Police, the toolkit “predates and indicates a copycat execution of a conspiracy” behind Republic Day clashes. “The call was to wage economic, social, cultural and regional war against India,” the Delhi Police Tweeted on February 4th.

They contend that the “toolkit” has a particular section that mentions “digital strike through hashtags on or before January 26, tweet storms on January 23 onwards, physical action on January 26 and watch-out or join farmers march into Delhi and back to borders”. According to the police, the “toolkit” was aimed at spreading disaffection and ill-will against the government of India and creating disharmony among various social, religious and cultural groups.

A case had been registered against unnamed persons on charges of criminal conspiracy, sedition and various other sections of the IPC. Reportedly the Police have also indicated that the toolkit is the creation of a pro-Khalistan group named “Poetic Justice Foundation”.

Support has Poured in for Dish. People from all walks of life including politicians and activists have condemned Disha’s arrest, calling it an “atrocious” and “dangerous” measure by the government to suppress dissent.

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