Arvind Kejriwal gets ‘inked’ again, a trend becoming common now

An unusual turn of events again raised the legitimacy of ink attack protest done by people who advocate just causes but use deplorable means to act for their realisation.

Written by Kanishka Singh | Published:October 5, 2016 1:02 pm
kejriwal, kejriwal ink attack,ink attack, ink attack kejriwal, arvind kejriwal, india news, bikaner,, aap, aap news, kejriwal news Kejriwal had arrived in Bikaner on Tuesday. (Source: Twitter/@ANI_news)

Since its invention, ink has played a major role in social transformations, giving push to political revolutions, influencing public sentiment against oppressors and tyrants and giving voice to millions among other things. But now it has become a much too frequently used tool to smear individuals – whether crooked or not – as a means of shameless protest or retribution. An unusual turn of events again raised the legitimacy of ink attack protest done by people who advocate just causes but use deplorable means to act for their realisation.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut were subjected to ink attacks on the same day. This has become a regular incident and one that raises serious questions over the depleting standards of protests and the levels to which people are willing to stoop down under the garb of those protests. On Tuesday night in Bikaner, two youths affiliated to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad threw ink at Kejriwal as a protest over the Delhi CM’s comments on the Indian Army. In Lucknow, a Shiv Sena worker threw ink at MP Sanjay Raut amid clashes between rival factions in the Sena. In fact, this was not the first time Kejriwal faced an ink attack. On 17 January this year, a woman threw ink at Kejriwal after a public address in Delhi over the odd-even scheme’s success.

These incidents closely follow the recent ink attack on Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who was attacked on September 19 this year outside LG Najeeb Jung’s residence. He was attacked for ‘being unable to handle the Dengue and Chikungunya outbreak in the national Capital’.

In other incidents, independent MLA Engineer Rashid had his face smeared by attackers from the far right group Hindu Sena at the Delhi Press Club for holding a beef party a fortnight earlier. On October 12 last year, Sudheendra Kulkarni, chairman of the Observer Research Foundation Mumbai, was smeared as Shiv Sena activists threw ink at him for organising a book launch in Mumbai for former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri. Kulkarni was a close confidante of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and was also his speech writer. Some of the speeches written by him echoed in Vajpayee’s voice in the ramparts of the United Nations as well. This incident was widely seen as an attack on free speech and Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut, who faced the ink attack himself on Tuesday, had termed the attack as a “silent protest” adding that it was a “mild reaction from Sena. Similar attacks were carried out on Subrata Roy Sahara and NCP chief Sharad Pawar in the past.

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Freedom to hold a difference of opinion is everyone’s right. Free will also allows people to detest some others for wrongdoings. But, somewhere a line needs to be drawn. Vigilante activities to humiliate people and acting as pseudo law enforcers is not the right anyone can claim. Such acts highlight how such individuals disregard the law and insult the constitutions and principles enshrined within. Ink was the weapon in hands of Marx, Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Mandela, Tagore and several others who used it for writing words that would change the world. By condoning such attacks and supporting such actors every citizen insults the values of a democracy governed by law. Otherwise, what is the difference between us and deconstructed society imploding with vigilante violence. Ink attacks cannot be called a means of silent protest or mild attacks. If anything, they are a deliberate attempt to humiliate, intimidate and a direct physical attack that needs to be stopped with forceful action, no matter perpetrated against anyone.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Oct 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm
    Aap has patent for Ink attack and carries ink along with them where ever Kejri goes. As soon a signal is recd from inner core member , they activate the module . Activation includes, name of leader, location, time and camera n newsmen, so that the same can be videographed and press release the incident via sattelite on CNN, BBC and PTV first and then NDTV, ABP, AAJTAK in that sequence.Kejri is a doctorate in INK missile technology which he perfected during his IIT days .
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      Chander Pal
      Oct 5, 2016 at 11:12 am
      Good job Bikaner. Just curious for the right answer??? 1. The ink stains him or his shirts. 2. Is his wife used to ng an extra few every time he steps out. 3. The secret of his smile after the staining game
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        Fire
        Oct 5, 2016 at 9:40 am
        Tolerant India
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          JN
          Oct 6, 2016 at 4:21 am
          Not enough ink to give him sense to stop politics atleast when nation is under attack.
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            Maddy
            Oct 5, 2016 at 10:30 am
            Good job. He deserves it.
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              Tony
              Oct 5, 2016 at 3:04 pm
              केजरीवाल जी, lt;br/gt;मैं बेशक आपका विरोधी हूँ मगर इस मुद्दे पर मैं आपको सपोर्ट करता हूँ। lt;br/gt;मेरा सैल्यूट है आपको। मगर ये संघी कह रहे थे कि आप अपने बच्चे के बाप नहीं हो...बजरंग दल वाले भी, विश्व हिंदू परिषद वाले भी यही बोल रहे हैं। lt;br/gt;ये बीजेपी वाले तो लंबे लंबेlt;br/gt;आर्टिकल, कॉलम लिखकरlt;br/gt;आपको आपके बच्चे के बाप ना होने का दावा ठोक रहे हैं। केजरीवाल जी हमें आपकी मर्दानगी पर शक नहीं पर हम चाहते हैं कि आप इन संघियों, भक्तों, आरएसएस वालों द्वारा चलाये जा रहे इस झूठे प्रोपगेंडे का जवाब दें। lt;br/gt;हम चाहते है कि आप उस ऐतिहासिक रात का वीडियो सार्वजानिक करें, जब आपने बाप बनने के लिएlt;br/gt;सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक की थी।
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                Vivek
                Oct 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm
                This time he had to use fire power to attack PM in-turn he had hurt us all and army as well. He may be happy to have found himself on the first page of media however this may not be effective for getting elected in Punjab and Goa as well
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                  AAP
                  Oct 5, 2016 at 10:20 am
                  Surf Excel will remove ink marks
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                    Vikrant
                    Oct 5, 2016 at 10:58 am
                    Kejriwal should himself smear his face with black shoe polish before he steps out of his house. His actions, mindset and talk makes him the right candidate for this honor
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                      Ahs
                      Oct 6, 2016 at 3:29 am
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                        Ahs
                        Oct 6, 2016 at 3:30 am
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                          Ahs
                          Oct 6, 2016 at 3:29 am
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                            Ahs
                            Oct 6, 2016 at 3:30 am
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                              Ajay
                              Oct 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm
                              This is what intolerance is.. which is on a rise in India. Individual who tries to question the government or Mr. Modi becomes anti national and abused by people around India. This is my generic view and not related to this issue as personally I didn't like as well when Kejriwal questioned Army credibility..
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                                Harikrishnan
                                Oct 5, 2016 at 9:14 am
                                Most of such novel protest is because of the media, especially TV reporting the same. If the media in common feels that such protests are unnecessary, simply stop reporting the same and the matter is over.
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                                  A.N.Ansari
                                  Oct 6, 2016 at 6:36 am
                                  This is the real face of Indian society, you are not allowed to raise any question in search of truth, so shameful.
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                                    JM
                                    Oct 5, 2016 at 12:26 pm
                                    One curiosity - he has been inked so many times (and rightly so), do new stains are even visible?
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                                      Atul Sharma
                                      Oct 5, 2016 at 9:29 am
                                      Much deserved !
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                                        Bijan Mohanty
                                        Oct 6, 2016 at 5:58 am
                                        Alleged Handiwork of desperate BJP
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                                          Bijan Mohanty
                                          Oct 6, 2016 at 9:27 am
                                          What is your real name ?
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                                            Dev Verma
                                            Oct 5, 2016 at 1:46 pm
                                            Ink is not enough he deserves some tight slaps on his both right and left side uncounted to make him realize how to play politics defaming army. saalla cancer paidha kat diya dilli balonnay.
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