News of CBSE scrapping the chapters on citizenship, nationalism and secularism from class 11 curriculum, Vikas Dubey’s ‘encounter’ and concerns around freedom of speech were some of the main topics of concern this week.
Rana Ayyub, Richa Chadha, Nidhi Razdan, Taapsee Pannu and Barkha Dutt took to social media to express their shock and dismay at the news reports on these issues.
Actor Taapsee Panu was among many other strong voices who spoke against the decision of scrapping important topics such as nationalism and secularism from school curriculum and how the decision will negatively affect the education standards of the country.
wah wah 👏🏼👏🏼 is there an ‘official’ declaration of any sort I missed ? Ya future mein ab iski zarurat nahi hai ?
If education is compromised with, there will be NO FUTURE ! https://t.co/oJ0TfxWWvM
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) July 8, 2020
Nidhi Razdan raised an important aspect in this shocking development.
Remove the chapter on democracy too and be done with it https://t.co/Gc0kkIT3No
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) July 8, 2020
The decision was condemned by the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee.
Shocked to know that the Central Govt has dropped topics like Citizenship, Federalism, Secularism & Partition in the name of reducing CBSE course during #COVIDCrisis.
We strongly object to this & appeal @HRDMinistry, GoI to ensure these vital lessons aren't curtailed at any cost. https://t.co/pkBaVI4VKM
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 8, 2020
Another news that shocked the country this week was the ‘encounter’ of gangster Vikas Dubey. Supreme Court Lawyer Karuna Nundy spoke about the lawlessness of the act.
Law in UP is like community transmission in India. The State is in denial that it exists. #VikasDubey
— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) July 10, 2020
Journalist Barkha Dutt raised concerns on how people will never get to know about the connections that Vikas Dubey may have shared with some of the powerful people in the country.
#VikasDubey killed. The script completes itself and proves that truth is more dramatic than fiction. Avenging the murder of cops will be seen as just one part of the story. The untold one may remain questions over links to too many powerful people https://t.co/oDwYK5FbBM
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) July 10, 2020
Actor Richa Chadha shared similar questions and concerns.
You think everyone who aligns themselves with power will now realise that the foot soldiers of corruption are ALWAYS dispensable? His mother said yesterday he surrendered cuz he’d have died in an ‘encounter’.
This lawlessness will come for us all. 🤷🏻♀️ actually it’s on the way. https://t.co/SjGEjB0E2Y pic.twitter.com/gxws64fuLa
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) July 10, 2020
Journalist and activist Rana Ayyub highlighted the threats to freedom of press in Kashmir.
Last month Kashmiri journalists were given a 53-page Orwellian document with new media guidelines by the local administration that sought to create a more nationalist narrative of the stories emerging from the valley. https://t.co/WY4YfvXnzT
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) July 8, 2020
Diminishing value of freedom of expression in our country was also a reason of concern for filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava.
The witch hunting and unlawful arrests of students and activists will remain the defining legacy of India's response to Covid 19. It will perhaps be remembered as the exact moment of the dismantling of the world's largest democracy.
— Alankrita Shrivastava (@alankrita601) July 9, 2020
As our country and the world continues fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, UN Women reminded everyone the importance of being watchful before passing on any news related to COVID-19.
Misinformation is spreading faster than #COVID19 itself, and is designed to exploit our emotions and biases.
So pause, and take time to verify facts before you share something online. #TakeCareBeforeYouSharehttps://t.co/qwMUii62oxpic.twitter.com/QtwVUy5BZU
— United Nations in India (@UNinIndia) July 9, 2020