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‘For me, a revolution is less romantic now. The consequences are more real’

‘For me, a revolution is less romantic now. The consequences are more real’

A student. A food seller. A creative producer. A scientist. All they have in common is that they took part in the Citizenship Act protests last winter. Months later, the Delhi Police called them in for questioning in its controversial riots case, which blames the communal violence that took place in India’s capital in February on a conspiracy by Citizenship Act protestors to overthrow the Narendra Modi government. Over 70 protestors have been interrogated in the case. Below is an account by one of them.

Read more about the case which has been described as a witchhunt against protestors here. Read more accounts of those who have been questioned in the case here.


December 2019 was a difficult month, the young creative entrepreneur recalled. The city he had grown up in was beset by protests. He wanted to go attend them. Not that he had a history of formal activism – “only active and vocal as an individual” – but he was just aghast at this new law that “clearly differentiated on the basis of religion”.

But he was stuck at a place far away from Delhi. What could he really do? Use the internet, of course. He started collecting “pictures of protests and police brutality from all over the country” and started sharing them on his Instagram.

“Whatever little you can do or say as an individual” to oppose injustice, he explained.

Then as the protests spread out to other parts of the country – except the North East where they had begun much before Delhi – he also started putting out protest calendars. “From the middle of December to end of January, I used to post a protest schedule everyday…of where the protests were nationwide,” he recalled.

It was largely crowdsourced information. “I would scan online, look for

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The Fed warned of ‘tragic’ consequences if the US didn’t do more to support its economic recovery. Hours later, Trump killed talks about more stimulus.

The Fed warned of ‘tragic’ consequences if the US didn’t do more to support its economic recovery. Hours later, Trump killed talks about more stimulus.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: President Donald Trump and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Reuters


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President Donald Trump and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Reuters

  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday made his most pronounced call yet for additional relief spending, saying that the risks of passing too little stimulus far outweighed the risks of overspending and that a diminished rebound would be “tragic.”
  • Hours later, President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he was abruptly ending stimulus negotiations and that he would enact a spending bill if he is reelected in November.
  • The move shocked investors, economists, and even other Fed officials. With millions of Americans still unemployed, the absence of new government support threatens to curb the already slowing economic recovery.
  • Leaving the economy to move forward without help is like “letting the forest fire just rage,” Neel Kashkari, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said on CNBC, adding that the downturn could become “much, much worse.”
  • Some hope remains for near-term aid. Trump tweeted on Tuesday night that he’d still approve standalone measures for emergency airline aid, Paycheck Protection Program funds, and another round of direct payments.
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Tuesday morning saw Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell make his most pointed call yet for additional relief spending.

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The plea seemed to go unheard, as President Donald Trump said hours later that he was abruptly putting stimulus negotiations on ice. Revived hopes for a new bill were dashed, and investors dumped stocks in preparation for prolonged economic pain.

Experts fear that the absence of a new bill will hinder the US’s economic recovery. With Democrats and Republicans still far from a compromise, Trump’s decision means the nation must push forward without crucial government support.

Powell’s plea and Trump’s surprise tweet

The day began simply enough. Powell gave a

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