The Morning Wrap: Rahul Gandhi's UK Records Show Multiple Nationality Disorder; Chefs Next Up For Padma Awards

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Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi arrives to address the media outside the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 16, 2014. In a campaign led by Gandhi, the son, grandson, and great-grandson of Indian prime ministers, the Indian National Congress party suffered the most crushing defeat in its 128-year history Friday as the results of India's general election were released. The next prime minister will be Narendra Modi, who led the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party to a solid victory, in part by seizing on the perception that Rahul Gandhi was little more than a crown prince awaiting his prize. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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Girish Patel says that governments must be careful about drawing the line regarding free speech. " The political movements generally involve inflammatory speeches. Unless these speeches, directly and immediately, are likely to lead to violence, they should not be branded seditious. It is true that it is difficult to decide where to draw the line. But is also true that the line has to be drawn, as far as possible, in favour of free speech."

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G Sampath discusses the notion of 'intolerance' and asks whether the real problem is that the government has been too tolerant. "All these taken together reveal a pattern not of intolerance but of too much tolerance — of hate speech, of sectarian violence, of violation of freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. It was this toleration of the intolerant that prompted writers, academics, students, and scientists to protest in whichever ways they could: by returning state awards, writing open letters, and so on."

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