You can say that it is my conspiracy-bent mind, but this anti-CAB/CAA agitation seems to have much greater coordination and pattern than what a simple spontaneous stir could roil up. There are deeper actors working on this than just political parties or ‘concerned’ citizen. It’s almost as if these agents were prepared with an action plan and were waiting for just the right trigger event to roll out the action plan. It seems to have all the hallmark of salami-slicing tactics. Instead of going for sequential bomb-blast or riots, this is almost like staged civil disobedience.
The pattern of action seems to be too similar across the board, and too organised in a sequential manner. First North East, then Bengal, then Delhi. It all starts with the same sequence. Primed and stoked citizenry is sent out to protest and then suddenly some youth come in and unleash organised mayhem on property. From Assam to Jamia to other places, there are reports of ‘unidentified masked man infiltrating protests.’ In such a scenario, the blame will always fall on the civil body protesting. Be it Jamia students or Assamese protestors.
This seems to be a stage 1 of a sequential staged rollout. So that any large scale violence is not dubbed as a ‘terrorist’ act, first build up a narrative of civil disobedience. Given the fact that the civil society is polarised and divided and the fact that people are too busy mud-slinging and hurling accusations at each other than finding out forensically, it offers just the right setup for agent provocateurs to slink away.
I feel it could well be a National Security issue than just civil unrest. This has all the signature of unconventional warfare. What all of us can do is refrain from labelling and assigning carpet blame. That is what some players are hoping for. The more divided we will be, the easier it will be for the others.