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By dismissing activists as anti-national, India is advancing interests of Big Business

Author: Harsh Mander, www.scroll.in, Published on: 10 April 2015

The Indian political establishment is openly antagonistic towards international engagement with domestic human rights and justice battles. While foreign capital is welcome, foreign support for justice issues in India is often viewed from a hyper-nationalistic lens. This can be heard in sections of public opinion, and stridently by the state when it is confronted with social dissent. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently stirred the pot with his public taunts against people he described as "five-star activists", warning the country’s senior judiciary from coming under their sway.

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