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From climate activist to 'Toolkit Editor', who is Disha Ravi?

From climate activist to 'Toolkit Editor', who is Disha Ravi?”

Earlier, the Delhi Police had asked Google and some social media giants to provide information about email IDs, URLs and certain social media accounts related to the creators of the "toolkit" shared by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and others on Twitter in connection with the farmers' protest.

"Disha Ravi, arrested by Delhi Police, is an Editor of the Toolkit Google Doc and key conspirator in document's formulation and dissemination".

The move was quickly met with protests and criticism.

While many in the BJP defended Delhi Police, several opposition leaders accused the government of "murdering democracy" by using force against a 21-year-old and called for her release. "I edited two lines on Feb 3", she told the magistrate. On Sunday, the 22-year-old was remanded in custody until a court hearing in five days' time.

Farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at three Delhi border points - Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur - for almost 80 days to press for the repeal of the three agri laws and a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP).

Ravi could not be reached in custody and her family was not immediately available for comment. Meanwhile, Delhi Police registered an FIR against those involved in creating the toolkit.

The government denies the charge and says people are free to protest if it is done peacefully.

We condemn the arrest of young environmental activist Disha Ravi without due procedures being followed.

Bhavreen Kandhari, a member of Thunberg's movement in India, said the organization was awaiting clarity from the police before making any statement.

Facebook post by lawyer Rebecca John
Facebook post by lawyer Rebecca John

A 2018 graduate from Mount Carmel College in 2018, 22-year-old climate change activist Disha Ravi started the Fridays for Future India Campaign in India in 2019. "When the farmers' movement is asking for policies that increase viability in farming, prevent exploitation of farmers by big capital and local traders and guaranteed minimum prices for crops, these are policy directions that will lead to greater crop diversification and allow farmers to adopt sustainable practices", said Kavita Kuruganti, founder of the Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture.

Delhi has reacted with fury to tweets about the protests by celebrities - among them singer Rihanna and US Vice President Kamala Harris' niece Meena Harris - calling them "sensationalist".

Environmentalists and campaigners say the toolkit is a routine online campaign strategy document.

Thunberg had shared the "toolkit" to lend her support to the farmers' agitation against the three farm reform laws.

Since November, thousands of farmers, primarily from northern agrarian states Punjab and Haryana, have camped out around Delhi demanding the repeal of new farm laws that fundamentally change how crops can be sold in the market.

The police said they had obtained non-bailable arrest warrants against Nikita Jacob, a Bombay High Court lawyer, and Shantanu, a Maharashtra-based engineer, but found they were not at their homes.

"The deleted tweet of Greta Thunberg has revealed the real designs of a conspiracy at an worldwide level against India".

But pro-government media highlighted phrases like "urgent action", "organise on-ground action", "Twitter storm", "expose fascist responses to dissent", and "disrupt yoga and chai image of India", to allege that its makers meant to damage India's reputation.

A group of people gathered in Bengaluru and held placards seeking her release. She was arrested on Saturday.

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