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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.
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Why Cries Of ‘Sedition' Will Only Inspire Us To Fight Back Harder

The government should understand that in a nation born of sedition, a charge of sedition is perhaps the most inspiring call you can give us. Using words like sedition betray your colonial and intellectually narrow mindsets. Both JNU and India will survive this shrieking, hysterical nationalist witch-hunt. If anything, a more liberal, resilient India will emerge with deeper commitment towards diversity and inclusiveness.
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Dear JNU, When Will You Protest For Our Soldiers?

My father is a retired Subedar Major of the Indian Army. When he saw you shouting slogans in support of terrorists, he turned off the television and left the room. He didn't say anything. But I knew what he was thinking. You were making a complete mockery of our defence forces. He was ashamed to serve you. Now let me exercise my freedom of speech: your actions were nothing but shameful and disgraceful...
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How The Constitution Saved Us From The Holy Books

Republic Day is all about celebrating our steadfast commitment to a common Constitution. It is about honouring how we have constantly, and successfully, repelled all external and internal pressures to make India a nation that follows the dogmas of a religion. One huge reason we should be happy about it is that the Constitution, as against religious scriptures, does not run the risk of being interpreted in hugely different ways. More importantly, words like "kill" and "destroy", so common in most holy books, are conspicuously absent from our Constitution.
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The New Enemies Of Nepal

India's messages on the Nepal Constitution made conspiracy theories come to life. The rumours that Madhes-based parties were using India to stall half of the nation by using violence as a means of protest seemed truer than before. Many started seeing these parties as pawns to India's bigger plans. And when India tried to force the government to incorporate the demands of these small parties, it exacerbated the fears of many Nepalis. With this came hyper-nationalism, the "imagined enemy" that the radical Left had been creating for a long time.
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Why Bollywood Needs To Make More Historical & Biographical Movies

History and biography are two significant genres which mainstream Indian cinema (Bollywood) has almost consistently neglected. Not that other genres have been represented well; we have very few noteworthy fantasy, science or sports movies. But when a deep-rooted, vibrant and impactful medium like cinema cannot do justice to the history and people of its exceptional country, that perhaps doesn't augur well for society.