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Why The Supreme Court's Ruling On Criminal Defamation Is An Insult To Free Speech

The judgement of the Supreme Court in Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India conferred an overarching interpretation on the law of defamation, undermining free speech and rendering the law vulnerable to abuse. The court has upheld the constitutionality of criminal defamation, overlooking its historical background and the contemporary challenges to its application. Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C. Pant held that defamation is a reasonable restriction to the freedom of speech, and that imprisonment is a proportionate consequence of a deviation.

Notions Of Nation: A Toxic Potion

Try and update your Facebook timeline or tweet about what you think freedom of speech should be and in no time there will appear friends and strangers telling you that you have no notion of such complex terms. Freedom of speech. Sedition. Pro-India. Anti-India. Rights and duties. Terrorism. Nationalism. Anarchy. These are just a few of the keywords that can jangle the nerves of the strongest man these days. We forget, however, that most of us have mere notions of what they mean...

Will The Nationalists And Patriots Of India Please Speak Up?

It is high time the vast majority good Indians who love this country and are not ashamed to call themselves patriots and nationalists speak up for our country and a value system we want. We emphatically condemn those elements in Patiala House who beat up students. But at the same time, we also believe that the anti-nationals, who in the name of free speech raise slogans against the country, eulogise terrorists and celebrate the death of our jawans should be strongly dealt with.
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We Could Be In Far More Trouble If The Intelligentsia Were Silent: A Historical View

The autumn of 1975 was a turbulent one. It was the autumn when Emergency was imposed. Having resigned from the office of Additional Solicitor General of India in protest against its imposition, the celebrated jurist Fali S Nariman would spend his quiet evenings at Delhi's Nehru Park, occasionally joined in his walks by the then High Commissioner of Australia Mr Bruce Grant. In his autobiography, Nariman recounts a conversation in which Grant told him of Indira Gandhi's amazement "at the lack of reaction among the intelligentsia" to the Emergency.
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Does The Law Have A Sense Of Humour? And Why Comics Need to Know the Answer

In a free society, we enjoy both, the right to offend and the right to get offended. It is exasperating that any expression that causes discomfort or displeasure to a section of society is met with increasingly vehement censure. For those who don't have the muscle power, the financial bandwidth and/or the legal firepower to deal with such threats, freely speaking your mind will always mean being prepared to pay a huge cost.