On 3 February, the “toolkit” shared by Greta Thunberg on Twitter went viral on mainstream as well as social media. A WhatsApp conversation between her and Disha Ravi, which Delhi Police unearthed, showed how the latter regretted having shared the document her gang comprising Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk had made to orchestrate chaos in Delhi, India’s national capital. It is now clear that the intemperate action of the PR-created Swedish climate activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, who extended her support to the farmers’ agitation, led to the arrest of her Indian collaborators.
In the toolkit, Thunberg called RSS-BJP a “fascistic ruling party”. The document is titled, “#ASKINDIAWHY Global Farmers Strike First Wave Will you be part of the largest protest in Human History?”
5 main points of document leaked by Greta
1) Participate in (or organise an) on-ground protest: Share solidarity Photo/Video Message by email preferably by 25 January (solidarity messages for farmers at Delhi’s border).
2) Digital Strike: #AskIndiaWhy Video/Photo Message – On or Before 26 January.
3) Twitter Storm on 4,5 February 2021: Share solidarity Photo/Video Message by preferably by 5 February, latest by 6 February.
4) Contact a local Representative: It is paramount to put international pressure on India’s Government.
5) Divest from Ambani and Adani: Billionaires Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani manufacture wealth by working hand-in-hand with the Modi Regime to exploit the world’s people, lands and culture.
However, soon after an uproar on social media, the Swedish activist deleted the document from Twitter, the contents of which are here.
Thereafter, the next day, Greta Thunberg shared an updated toolkit to help people show support for the ongoing farmers’ protest on Delhi’s borders.
Updated toolkit suggested 7 ways to back farmers’ agitation
1) Share solidarity Photo/Video Message on social media with hashtags (#FarmersProtest #StandWithFarmers)
2) Digital Strike: #AskIndiaWhy Video/Photo Message
3) Keep tweeting – Feel free to tag @PMOIndia, @nstomar (Minister of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare), your own heads of state & others who ought to take note, like the IMF, WTO, FAO, World Bank
4) Read more about the issue https://ruralindiaonline.org/en/stories/categories/farming-and-its-crisis/
5) Physical Actions – Near Indian Embassies, Govt. offices, Media house
6) Watch out for (or Join) the Farmers’ March / Parade (a first of its kind) into Delhi and back to the borders
7) Call/Email any of your govt representatives and ask them to take action, Sign online Petitions and take action to Divest from fossil fuels.
Greta Thunberg, 18, suggested organising protests near the closest Indian embassy on 13 February and 14 February to express support towards the farmers’ agitation.
After Thunberg posted the updated toolkit and pop star Rihanna — involving whom was a part of the plan in the document — the union government said on 4 February, “Before rushing to comment on such matters, we would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken. The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible.”
On 4 February again, Delhi Police filed an FIR against the creators of the toolkit. A Delhi court on Sunday remanded woke activist Disha Ravi to five days police custody following her arrest in connection with allegedly being involved in sharing a ‘toolkit’ on social media related to the farmers’ protest.
Duty Metropolitan Magistrate Dev Saroha of Patiala House Courts Complex allowed Delhi Police to quiz Disha Ravi for five days.
Delhi Police presented the activist before a court where the cops sought seven days of custody on the ground that it was required to probe an alleged larger conspiracy against the Indian state and to ascertain the alleged role relating to Khalistan movement.
A toolkit is a document created to explain a course of action to intended participants in the action. It also provides information on what one needs to do to run the campaign. It may include information about petitions, details about protests and mass movements.
The police told the court that Disha Ravi had allegedly edited the toolkit on 3 February and many other people are involved in the matter. The police informed the Court that they have recovered the mobile phone of the activist.
During the hearing, Disha Ravi broke down inside the courtroom and told the judge that she had edited only two lines and that she wanted to support the farmers’ protest.
Disha Ravi, who is a graduate of Bachelor of Business Administration from a private college in Bengaluru, is one of the founding members of a group named ‘Fridays For Future India’ established by Greta Thunberg.