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Archaic Charge - The offence of sedition is a relic of the colonial era.
12.03.16 - a g noorani

The government of India and some states have been instituting cases of sedition against their political opponents with frenzy. Attempts to muzzle the voice of the opposition by recourse to an antiquated colonial law are obscene.
 
The National Crime Records Bureau stated in a report that in 2014, 76 cases were registered all across the country for "offences against the state”. Of them, 47 were for sedition. The rake’s progress continued.
 
Last month, the Delhi Police filed cases of sedition against the president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, Kanhaiya Kumar, and Prof Syed Abdul Rehman Geelani allegedly for raising "anti-India” slogans at a function to mark the hanging of Afzal Guru, in 2014, on the charge of being a member of a conspiracy to attack Parliament House. Geelani was acquitted by the Supreme Court in that case.
 
Like this writer, not a few believe that Afzal Guru was innocent, had been ...
  


An Open Letter To Justice Pratibha Rani From An Ex-JNU and Ex-FTII Student
04.03.16 - Mohit Priyadarshi

Dear Madam,

Like millions of my fellow citizens, I was eagerly waiting for your interim verdict on the bail application of JNUSU president, Kanhaiya Kumar, who was wrongly framed in a "sedition” case by people in positions of power.

When I received the news that Kanhaiya was granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi High Court, I felt elated, partly because I was relieved at the fact that our judiciary was not yet compromised, and partly because I strongly believe that politically conscious students like Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya should have the right to organize peaceful events within the premises of a university, without being hounded either by the administration, or their event being vandalized by politically-conspiring elements from without.

In that regard, the release of Kanhaiya from jail reinforced my belief that, no matter how compromised the structures of our current state apparatus, the judiciary works as ...
  



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