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Archive of entries posted on February 2011

Scrap Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, demands former CM Jogi

ll not say anything about this specific case as the matter is sub-judice. But, the state government must scrap this law”, he said and pointed out that he had been opposing Salwa Judum — the controversial anti-Naxalite movement of Bastar — right from the beginning.

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The quality of mercy

From the Hindu: V. R. Krishna Iyer Every instance of criticism that seeks to expose a government’s operation against the people and their liberties is not a bid to overthrow it. That is not sedition but a patriotic mission on account of public commitment. The life sentence imposed on Binayak Sen on a charge of [...]

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Meet Maulana Binayak Sen

From twocircles.net: By Mahtab Alam, In the last three years, much has been written on Binayak Sen—both positive and negative. While Swapan Dasgupta and Kanchan Gupta allege him of being the ‘Bengali Che Guevara, prone to ‘reckless excitability’ and ‘an agent of evangelists’ who used his cover as ‘social worker’ with access to ‘charity’ funds’, [...]

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Freedom of speech and expression and the law of sedition: Colin Gonsalves

Keynote address by Colin Gonsalves at the Magic Lantern Film Festival Good morning. I am going to be very quick as I don’t want to stand between you and films that are going to be shown. I’ve been asked to speak very quickly for 15 minutes, on the Freedom of Speech and Expression and the [...]

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A tale of two cases

From Frontline: V. VENKATESAN The Supreme Court rejects the doctrine of ‘guilt by association’, but the Chhattisgarh High Court applies it to deny Binayak Sen bail. THE two cases were similar in facts and reasoning. In the first case, the Supreme Court Bench comprising Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra held on February 3 [...]

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