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deshkosh entry on the misuse of sedition laws in Narendra Modi's India

Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code defines "sedition", roughly, to be the act of inciting disaffection towards the government. The sedition law has been used as a tool to stifle protest and freedom of expression by consecutive governments in India. In particular it has been widely misused since the Narendra Modi government came to power at the centre in 2014.

What does acche din mean?

[The recent verdict of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya title dispute case can be regarded as a rather extreme instance of "acche din" (अच्छे दिन) for the forces of Hindu nationalism. It brings closer a long-standing commitment of the RSS and its various offshoots to build a Ram temple on the site of the destroyed Babri Mosque. The phrase "acche din" has come to be used mainly by the opponents of Narendra Modi, and is now used in a variety of ways.

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