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The US Constitution’s principal architect James Madison articulated a deep fear of dissent.
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Because he is now a central figure in India's television business as CEO of Star India, it's easy to forget how alien Uday Shankar was to it on the day he took the job almost exactly a decade ago. The...
Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo's book ‘Gadflies In The Public Space’ uncovers a rich history of dissent.
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All three were critical of the state's policies.
The nation wants to know, the nation wants to kowtow before the leader.
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What the government hadn't expected after their arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, on dubious charges of sedition, were exactly the questions that were raised during the protest - what makes someone anti-national? What exactly is the role of the media in matters of sedition? And perhaps, most urgently, questions regarding the role of student politics in an age of weary political jingoism.
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India proudly says that it is a country of different civilizations, religions, communities, but what is the ground reality under the present regime? Are they behaving any better than cruel dictators? They tell you what to eat, what to wear, whom to love, what to read, what to say and how to live. If you don't toe the line, you'd better watch out.
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Michael Billig developed the term "banal nationalism"to highlight the ways in which the rhetoric of a number of different players -- whether politicians, reporters or "common people" -- draws upon unquestioned assumptions about what it means to be a member of a nation. In this case, banal nationalism makes it possible to say without irony that one cannot tolerate being accused of any kind of intolerance.
Environmental groups and individuals have been warning for years about the ecological and social disruptions that our current resource intensive model of development causes. They have mostly been brushed aside as a nuisance. Lately a more disturbing trend of branding them as enemies of the state has emerged. Most recently, press reports indicate that journalists in Tamil Nadu face the threat of defamation charges if their stories run afoul of the government. This seems to have affected their ability to report on the Chennai floods.