Indian Greta Thunberg Follower Arrested for Sedition and Criminal Conspiracy

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t goldminor; At the start of February, Greta Thunberg accidentally shared a private climate activist toolkit. The leaked document provoked fury in India, authorities accused Greta of plotting to destabilise the Government. Now India has charged an Indian Greta supporter with sedition and criminal conspiracy in relation to Greta’s carelessly leaked document.

Who is Disha Ravi? Here’s how the 22-yr-old activist is linked to Greta Thunberg

The police have alleged that Disha Ravi was the one who shared the toolkit document with Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

By | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Delhi Police have arrested 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi for allegedly sharing the toolkit related to the farmers’ protests against Centre’s agricultural laws on social media. Ravi was arrested by the cyber crime unit of Delhi Police from her home in North Bengaluru on Saturday.

The police have alleged that Ravi was the one who shared the toolkit document with Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg and that she is a key conspirator in the formulation and dissemination of the document that “indicates a copycat execution of a conspiracy behind the January 26 violence.” The Delhi Police said in a tweet, “She started WhatsApp Group & collaborated to make the Toolkit doc. She worked closely with them to draft the Doc.”

Another tweet said, “In this process, they all collaborated with pro Khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State.”

They added that Ravi later asked Greta to remove the main document after its incriminating details accidentally got into the public domain. “This is many times more than the 2 lines editing that she claims,” the Delhi Police wrote on Twitter.

What has Disha Ravi been booked for?

Ravi has been booked for sedition, promoting enmity and criminal conspiracy over her alleged involvement in the ‘toolkit’ being investigated by the Delhi Police. A court on Sunday remanded the activist to five days in police custody.

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The Indian response to the leaked Greta social toolkit document was heated.

The Indian government has taken a very dim view of Greta Thunberg’s attempt to meddle in their affairs. The Greta document makes strong allegations against the Indian state, describing the ruling conservative Indian BJP Party as fascistic, and accusing India of retreating from democracy.

The current BJP leader Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister since 2014, is a Trump like figure, with a loyal, committed base. He was elected in 2014 on the basis of his spectacular reforms to the economy of the Indian state of Gujarat. But Modi’s market oriented economic reforms and rapid dismantling of India’s old moribund command economy structures has disrupted the lives of people who were comfortable under the old system. It is these simmering resentments which the Greta document appears to target.

Note that Greta deleted the original document before I could obtain a direct copy, so this is second hand copy.

One interesting outcome of this affair, after years of geopolitical tension, India and China finally agree on something; they both don’t like Greta Thunberg.

Update (EW): If you haven’t read it, the document appears to contain a plan to disrupt India’s food supply, by convincing allies to restrict exports of pesticide to India while simultaneously encouraging farmers to go on strike. Please read the document before passing judgement.

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Jeff in Calgary
February 15, 2021 2:16 pm

The fact that it is written in English may betray the colonialistic source of the document.

Paul Johnson
Reply to  Jeff in Calgary
February 15, 2021 2:37 pm

There are more English-speakers in India than in England. It’s the official language of government.

Reply to  Paul Johnson
February 15, 2021 4:25 pm

+10 There are 2 ‘official’ languages in India: English and Hindi. The former serves as a common language in a country with 22 Major language groups, all with dialects. Without the ‘colonial imposition’ of English, India would not exist as a country.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Fran
February 15, 2021 6:13 pm

Kinda like the US.

I mean, we’ve got New York/New Jersey, Massachusetts and points north, Then Alabama, Georgia, and the rest of the southern states. Then Ohio, Indiana (Does anybody really know what cattywompus means?).

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
February 16, 2021 1:03 am

I say, but none of you American chaps speak proper English, don’t you know…

Reply to  griff
February 16, 2021 9:18 am

That sickening thud you just heard is Griff’s attempt at humour hitting the ground.

Reply to  Graemethecat
February 16, 2021 3:28 pm

Hey, it wasn’t that bad! Churchill’s “divided by a common language” and all that. I grew up in a part of England where people would struggle to understand people in other parts of England – which is just another way of saying I grew up in England. ‘Sawed up’ was the opposite of sitting down, and dashels were a big problem in the garden. Despite Churchill’s view, there’s a lot to be said for a common language.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  griff
February 16, 2021 11:29 am

how about sign language Griff? Try this one… 🖕

Reply to  griff
February 16, 2021 6:16 pm

Nor do you Griff.

D Cage
Reply to  griff
February 16, 2021 9:53 pm

Actual they speak a much older version of English as they had a dictionary in common use because of the large number of different languages of the settlers. Here we were more verbal. One can argue which is proper English.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
February 16, 2021 4:35 am

Cattywompus means “diagonally across from”. For example, if you live on an intersection and your house is on the SW corner, the house on the NE corner is cattywompus from you

John Tillman
Reply to  DeC
February 16, 2021 10:13 am

From catty corner.

Reply to  Jeff in Calgary
February 15, 2021 5:32 pm

There is an irony in the prevalence of the English language in India. By unifying the people around a common language, they were able to unify around a common goal. That goal happen to be removing the English government.

David Guy-Johnson
Reply to  Rhs
February 15, 2021 9:50 pm

British, not English, how many times do we have to tell you. There is no such thing as an English government.

David A
Reply to  Rhs
February 16, 2021 1:00 am

There us a great deal more to the history of India that is unifying then you are aware of.

Reply to  David A
February 16, 2021 2:41 am

The Romans built Roads.
The British built Railways.

Rule 1 of Empire Creation: Sort out the infrastructure.

Shoki Kaneda
Reply to  David A
February 16, 2021 6:37 am

There is also more to the English language than you are aware. #homophonicallychallenged

John Tillman
Reply to  David A
February 16, 2021 10:15 am

Religion tore it apart.

Reply to  John Tillman
February 16, 2021 10:34 am

More tribal differences than religion, but some people like to blame everything on religion.

D Cage
Reply to  Jeff in Calgary
February 16, 2021 9:49 pm

Don’t show how utterly ignorant you are. When the English left India there were dozens of Indian languages in use and no one could agree which one to use after independence. They stuck with English to avoid going to war over it and economically it has been the best decision ever made by an independent nation. Yes it betrays that colonialism left positive legacies for those that chose to accept them. The other legacy of colonialism is a very large number of Anglo Indians like myself as relations were not as bad as historians present them as being.

Jean Parisot
February 15, 2021 2:32 pm

I assume there are toolkits like this floating around for most countries.

Mr. Lee
February 15, 2021 2:35 pm

Meh, not like the actual Trump….at all. Trump never arrested anybody who disagreed with him. In fact, I have never seen any document showing he harnessed the power of the executive branch to enact retribution on, or unconstitutionally persecute, anybody. This is more like the actual Obama, who signed off on the assassination of a US citizen and abused the power of IRS and FBI. Funny how the left’s fantastical depiction of Trump greatly resembles the actuality of Obama.

Mr. Lee
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 15, 2021 4:31 pm
  • People have the right to speak..even if it is nonsense. Above all else, that means the ability to exert political pressure. Why have freedom of speech if you can’t speak to those who can effect change?
  • The farmers also have the right to not work if they so choose. I do not support forced labor. If the govt is concerned about production, then they can bribe the farmers into not striking..or simply import food. All negative repercussions will fall squarely on the shoulders of alarmists.
  • Anything contrary to a powerful establishment will be called “sedition.” If violence seems to threaten (due to tensions, as opposed to violent organisation), then their are ways to mitigate it without compromising peoples ability to voice their opinions.
  • There are always reasons to suppress free speech. Always. Nobody ever suppressed free speech without giving a “good reason” for it.

Democracy is not always a smooth ride.

Mr. Lee
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 15, 2021 8:10 pm

I reread the document. It had a lot of rhetoric. But, I saw nothing even close to being beyond the pale.

Shutting down voices does not interest me. I would be far far more interested in seeing India invite Dr. Soon, Judith Curry, Anthony Watts, Greta, Mr. Mann, Gavin to a debate to be published online. I enjoy watching a smack-down.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 15, 2021 4:40 pm

I grew up in India (left at 17) and did not return for 40 years (in 2004). I was shocked at the extent to which military control was everywhere. For example, over a 250km trip from Dehradun to Delhi, the car was stopped at 3 check points with machine guns pushed into the car. Delhi was crawling with soldiers on patrol. There was an election in Bihar, a very poor state, and I came across one sentence in the middle of a para int the Times of India on the election that a candidate had been shot and killed. There was no further mention of this on either TV or English papers over the next few days. In fact, virtually nothing about the state election. Bihar was closed to all foreigners.

robin townsend
Reply to  Fran
February 16, 2021 1:41 am

I went to Gujarat in 2008 and drove many many miles, i wasnt counting. I dont remember any military at all. I remember huge amounts of corruption, particularly in the senior government officials i was meeting. But it was not unexpected and certainly no worse than many many places. The businesses i met were very keen and i continue good business relations with many of them.

Reply to  Mr. Lee
February 16, 2021 1:53 pm

The leftist playbook. Accuse the other side of what you are doing with the media’s help.

February 15, 2021 2:51 pm

India also confiscated the assets of Greenpeace for being foreign agents interfering in India’s internal affairs.

Reply to  Mohatdebos
February 15, 2021 5:17 pm

Now that makes my day!!!!!!!!

David Guy-Johnson
Reply to  Mohatdebos
February 15, 2021 9:52 pm

Well done India

Gary Pearse
February 15, 2021 2:53 pm

Stupid, indoctrinated children and government lites. Can you imagine a Churchill, Thatcher, or Eisenhower dealing with this infantile stuff at this level? A disabled child of exploitive parents getting kowtowed to by world leaders.

I guess if US installs an elderly alzheimer’s patient as “leader of the free world” (wherever that might be now) that’s all we need to know. Greta and Dishy are what we’ve come to.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
February 15, 2021 4:32 pm

Counting people is selective.

Reply to  gringojay
February 15, 2021 6:22 pm

Shouldn’t that be almost two million parents want them to start with their rooms?

Reply to  ATheoK
February 15, 2021 9:17 pm

Mom was the disciplinarian. Dad was like “OK fine, whatever you say.”

February 15, 2021 3:07 pm

I used to think sedition charges were a tool of oppressive government, but now I know use of sedition laws to root out disinformation is an important element of a vigorous and healthy democracy.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 15, 2021 3:44 pm

What could go wrong?

BTW, is it safe for farmers to go back to work? Perhaps they could work their fields remotely.

Reply to  kazinski
February 15, 2021 3:20 pm

Yes. And of course, you cannot fight fascism when people have the inalienable right to free speech because fascists know how to talk. So they must be silenced and deplatformed by the same people who are fighting to preserve your rights.

Reply to  kazinski
February 15, 2021 4:55 pm

Several prominent Democrats have proposed setting up a government run Department of Truth. Is that really the route you want to go down?
The idea of using government to suppress any speech that the government doesn’t agree with is dangerous territory.

Komerade Cube
Reply to  MarkW
February 15, 2021 6:02 pm

I’m thinking that was sarcasm? Now, if Griff or Loydo had said it they’d a been serious.

or is Kazinski another of Griff’s pseuodnyms?

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David A
Reply to  kazinski
February 16, 2021 1:08 am

There is a difference between advocating for the use of HCQ and Ivermectin, ( which are only labeled “misinformation”) and a plan to put a squeeze on a nations food supply, by convincing allies to restrict the supply of pesticide to that nation, while at the same time encouraging a farmers strike. Some may call that an “act of war”.

Stephen Skinner
February 15, 2021 3:29 pm

The following extract is from the WEF book COVID-19: THE GREAT RESET, so I think Modi should go after Claus Schwab, and Zuckerberg as well.
Page 102
“Youth activism is increasing worldwide, being revolutionized by social media that increases mobilization to an extent that would have been impossible before. It takes many different forms, ranging from non-institutionalized political participation to demonstrations and protests, and addresses issues as divers as climate change, economic reforms, gender equality and LGBTQ rights. The young generation is firmly at the vanguard of social change. There is little doubt that it will be the catalysts for change and a source of critical momentum for the Great Reset.”

Curious George
Reply to  Stephen Skinner
February 15, 2021 3:46 pm

The Great Reset will wipe out 97% of the world’s population.

Reply to  Curious George
February 15, 2021 5:13 pm

I wish the 1% gobbledygook elitists well when their private jets and helicopters need repair.

The 2% left over to support the 1% elites will, according to Murphy’s Law, be the wrong people. They will need techies, not toadies.

BTW, what’s the plural of dufus; dufii? Oh well the Globalist/Marxist/1%-ers oops! sunnuvabitch we are so screwed! elites have it all figured out… except they didn’t consult Murphy.

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Reply to  H.R.
February 15, 2021 6:29 pm

Good old Merriam-Webster:

variants: or less commonly dufus

plural doofuses also dufuses”

February 15, 2021 3:42 pm

Didn’t you Americans try an impeach a citizen for collaborating with a foreigner? 🙂

Reply to  Waza
February 15, 2021 3:56 pm

No, Hillary was left completely alone with respect to her collaborating with and getting help from Australians

Reply to  Waza
February 15, 2021 4:59 pm

Impeachment is a political process, not a legal one.

Reply to  MarkW
February 15, 2021 6:30 pm

Which the Congress of 2020 and 2021 just proved.

Len Werner
February 15, 2021 4:27 pm

Hands up all those who believe that Greta dreamed that document up. It would be instructive to find out exactly who the author was; somewhere behind this groundswell of woke, enlightened, narcissistic-personality-disorder youth agitating for ‘social change’, whatever that would turn out to be, is one impressive puppet-master. We need to follow the money and see where it’s coming from.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 15, 2021 5:10 pm

You’re right…the document doesn’t seem to be Greta’s team handiwork…it appears she was a prestige add-on to an Indian political group. Probably there are bucks in that type of thing….

Reply to  Len Werner
February 15, 2021 5:36 pm

No. In a moment of sudden clarity, Greta “saw” the document just like she sees CO2

Reply to  Len Werner
February 15, 2021 11:52 pm

Greta didn’t write the document, she, or rather her handlers tweeted the document.

Hands up all those who believe Greta writes the majority of her tweets/speeches/nonsense she utters?

Greta has been indoctrinated by her parents and handed over to the left who are using her to promote their agenda

February 15, 2021 5:04 pm

The idea that you can be prosecuted for spreading “dissatisfaction with the state” is something I find very disturbing, almost Orwellian.

Len Werner
Reply to  MarkW
February 15, 2021 5:33 pm

If this is interpreted by government as a campaign to harm the state, does that change their right to act to prevent it? Once this movement is attached to the concept of ‘Kalistan’, the picture in the view of the Indian government might change. I’m not saying I’m yet convinced of this, but sure paying attention to the possibility.

“In this process, they all collaborated with pro Khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State.”

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 15, 2021 7:45 pm

First off, even if everything went right with this plan, causing a famine would not be possible.
First, how many farmers would participate, and how many would double their efforts so that they could increase production in order to take advantage of higher prices caused by food disruptions?
Secondly, What of food reserves?
Thirdly, were they planning on disrupting travel so that food couldn’t be brought in from other countries and other regions?

We have a number of people on this board who have from time to time advised the various oil companies to stop selling oil and natural gas based products in certain states. That would cause more of a disruption than the actions being contemplated in India would cause. Should everyone who has recommended this kind of oil embargo also be arrested?

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David A
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 16, 2021 1:17 am

Exactly, and attempting to restrict pesticides is force, not speech. ( How people don’t see this is unfathomable)
Farmers livelihoods depend on pesticides. If I attempt to take from you your ability to earn a living, that is not protected speech.

It matters not if the plan is a failure.

Reply to  David A
February 16, 2021 10:37 am

Blowing up ships carrying pesticides is force.
Trying to convince congress to pass new laws is speech.
We’ve been trying to get congress to stop handing out grants to the warmunists. That would prevent them from earning a living. Are we guilty of using force against the warmunists?

Once you start down the slippery slope of calling speech force, there is no stopping.

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Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 16, 2021 10:36 am

I hope you guys never get to feel the joy of having policies you supported used against you.

The warmunists have already been calling for legal proceedings against those who have done everything in their power to slow down the work against what they call the climate change catastrophe.
They have proclaimed that people are dying because of climate change and that their blood is on our hands.

February 15, 2021 5:20 pm

I would suggest exile in Peshawar and Greta too.

Jeff Alberts
February 15, 2021 5:25 pm

You know, I remember when serious news stories didn’t have the word “tweet” anywhere in them.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
February 15, 2021 5:37 pm

Son, you’re as old as dirt. Just like me…

February 15, 2021 5:44 pm

This little girl would be better served by being a circus clown. Clearly she has the proper training. No offense to circus clowns.

February 15, 2021 9:44 pm

Could have been more effective if the Indian authorities had left the dialogue be. Now that there is a twitter-fed prosecution for conspiracy and sedition, lookout next for coded messages using Rules for Radicals text on an encrypted platform like the iPhone.

Reply to  migueldelrio
February 16, 2021 12:55 am

There is nothing the NSA does not have. iPhone or anything.

robin townsend
February 16, 2021 2:00 am

I have two problems with this;
1) even though it is a ‘toolkit’, it does virtually nothing to explain why or what the target audience is actually protesting against – just parties and people; what is the actual problem with the policy? what are the farmers actually protesting against? and ‘commercialisation’ is not an answer.
It is a horrible document and its authors and techniques should be resisted.
2) Eric has crossed the line. His hatred for Greta now has him screaming ‘terrorist’ to anyone who will listen. See how many replies he has made. This is what is actually written;
Stop exports of pesticides banned in the UK to India and other countries, including Paraquat, which is responsible for thousands of farmer deaths in India – a situatuon so severe that doctors in India have resorted to hunger strikes demanding a ban on its usage.)
That is not a terrorist plot to starve millions of Indians. It is reasonable to try to share bans between countries. In fact, bans should not be emplaced unless their international consequences are recognised.
Eric should not use the enemy’s techniques of hyperbola and deliberate misinterpretation, lest he wish to join their ranks.
Sorry, Eric,please take this as constructive criticism and good luck in the future.

Peta of Newark
Reply to  robin townsend
February 16, 2021 3:09 am

My understanding is that the Indian Government wanted to ‘modernise’ or re-organise’ Indian agriculture to be more efficient.

The reason they wanted to do this comes out of India’s histirical and ancient Inheritance Culture – what happens when someone dies.

In The West as we’re used to (not really any more however) and why we now have Large Industry, Large Agriculture, Big Pharma, Mega Vaccine, Large Etc Etc
These are continually lauded as being ‘fantastic’ and great things to have and why ‘Everything Has Never Been Better’
viz: cheap food, cheap energy, cheap, plentiful, cheap cheap cheap

Those came out of Primogeniture – the first-born (male) GOT EVERYTHING – as practised here in the West.

In India and the East, the ‘everything’ that someone possessed when they died, had to be divided up equally between all the children.

Works as well as any system EXCEPT when it comes to land. Farmland

Thus, farms got smaller and smaller and smaller, farmers had to work themselves and their dirt harder and harder, womenfolk where then required to go find extra income and as that system progressed, became pure hell for those inside it.
Self imposed Slave labour, Serfdom and permanent grinding poverty.

Sorry Greta and your handlers, there is nothing nice, romantic, green or lovely inside Family-farmed Indian agriculture

What the Indian Gov was proposing was somehow to put the brakes on that – to create larger more efficient farms.
But as you can see, it ventures very close to upsetting the non-primogeniture culture – it goes to the very root of family and inheritance and just everything.

THAT is why the farmers are upset, the current farmers/landowners see their God-Given Right to give stuff to their children being eroded and taken away.
That their children will be deprived of their, any in fact, inheritance.
And exactly because of those Inheritance Customs, there are So Many Indian Farmers.
Can you REALLY see that working here in the West.
NO. Exactly why we saw that Atrazine article here recently.

In The West, certainly here in the UK, it has already gone ##
When you die in the UK, assuming the Killing Zone haha Care Home hasn’t completely cleaned you out, The Tax Man and Cronyfied Lawyers, take all the rest.

They even take away the Will To Live, especially the Will that drives one to ‘Make Babies’
Geddit now?
Not cleverness or richness, shit nutrient-free government combined with shit nutrient-free food disappeared the babies.
Along with a culture of spend spend spend – coming straight out of every Western Gov.
Good grief, just look at Boris and or Biden right now – getting themselves as High As Kites on the euphoria of spending vast amounts of other people’s money.

## EXCEPT in The Special Case of Agriculture
Hence why we have big farms in the UK – the first born sone ‘got the farm’, intact and untaxed.
Plenty cronies got in on it though, the gatecrashers have bust the party wide open
Especially, The Church, Pension Funds, Disgraced Ministers, Royalty, hedge Funds, Insurance Rackets etc

So far. It is far and away too much of a juicy fruit for the insatiable maw of contemporary Western Governments – because of the gatecrashers.

Cliche time: The love of money is………

Overall you see, Greta could not have got it more wrong.
By supporting the Indian Farmers, she is supporting inescapable Grinding Poverty that only deepens with each succeeding generation.

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Paul C
Reply to  Peta of Newark
February 16, 2021 6:51 pm

“In The West …” – well, France is to the East of us, and their small inefficient farms are as a result of their Napoleonic inheritance laws splitting the farm equally between the children. They deferred their poor farmer problem by using the EEC (now EU) to fund them through the CAP. Their inheritance laws can be a problem for the many British second home owners in France. Perhaps Greta’s handlers could launch her at France.

February 16, 2021 3:27 am

The Indian Left lost the general elections twice the last decade but is trying to embarrass, harass and ransom the winning BJP party by supporting endless road blockades in the capital New Delhi – full with foreign press.

It started in early 2020 with their support for Muslim women blocking traffic junctions for months on end because of a new law to help refugees (CAA)- till Covid ended that violence. Now they support Sikh men with tractors on the main roads because of 3 new farm laws. Climate Change could be the next tool – anything as long as New Delhi is disrupted and the BJP is shown as a brutal police force abroad.

Reply to  AntonyIndia
February 16, 2021 10:00 pm

Khalistan terror group SFJ instigates farmers in Delhi to remove tricolour on Republic DayKhalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu of SFJ instigated the farmers to remove the tricolour from Red Fort on Republic Day and linked the farmers’ protest with 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

John Kelly
February 16, 2021 7:44 am

It smacks of eco-terrorism. And poor Mr. Adani is in the firing line. I hope darling little Greta is freezing right at this moment.

February 16, 2021 6:18 pm

I suspect this might shut Greta up for some time to come.

February 17, 2021 2:31 am

India has not been spared :
Not known if poor Greta has the slightest inkling of what she blundered into. Maybe groomed to be a new Navalny?
India should get on with the Belt and Road Initiative. Border problems seem to be put on ice.

February 18, 2021 11:34 pm

The first time I saw her on TV, I didn’t know who she was, I was shocked at her maniacal, psychotic behavior. She was just shaking with anger. I thought, “what the hell is wrong with this kid?”
Only later did I learn she was the evil spawn of the climate change cult. She reminds me of the evil girl in “The Bad Seed”

February 23, 2021 7:31 am

This article gives some insight into the fight over agricultural reforms in India: Farmers’ mass protests in India cut deeply across Canada | The Province

Plus comment: Tarek Fatah: Terrorists or farmers? India’s capital under siege | The Province

Punjabis have a long history of fights with the central government, including terrorism by Sikhs in southwest BC – they bombed Air India flights by getting bombs in baggage onto them. Seems to me the fight over agricultural reforms is fed in part by that history. Punjabis want their own state (they live in Communist China (good luck with that part) but mostly in Pakistan and India).

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