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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 ...
  


War against JNU, Fake Nationalists, Lawless Lawyers and Pseudo-Patriotism
25.02.16 - A.J. PHILIP

Dictionary defines "sedition" as any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting discontent or rebellion. It also mentions that it is an "archaic" word. India is one of the few democratic countries which has a sedition law. Like many other laws, it was drafted by the British to deal with those clamouring for freedom. Its paternity can rightly be bestowed on the much-maligned Macaulay.
 
All the top national leaders from Mahatma Gandhi to Jawaharlal Nehru to Jayaprakash Narayan were arrested under this law. The sedition law was removed from the British statute but it was retained in India so that the government could conveniently use it against dissenters.

When Narendra Modi came to power, his government made a statement that thousands of archaic laws that remained part of the statute would be consigned to the dustbins. I thought the sedition law would also be included among them. Far from that, it is ...
  



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