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Section 295(a) allows the government to dictate expression of religious identity according to what a populist or powerful element defines as hurtful – it is, in essence, a blasphemy law. It legitimizes traditionalist and conservative voices in the name of authenticity, and presents a threat to freedom of religion and the right to examine the claims of the faithful.
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Comedian Kiku Sharda, who was arrested for mimicking Dera Sacha Sauda leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, is back in jail after another follower of the flamboyant religious leader-turned-actor filed a cas...
On Wednesday, news broke that comedian and TV actor Kiku Sharda had been arrested by police in Kaithal, Haryana, for mimicking Dera Sacha Sauda chief Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Sharda, who is know...
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Comedian and TV actor Kiku Sharda, known for playing Palak in the hugely popular show Comedy Nights With Kapil, has been arrested for mimicking Dera Sacha Sauda leader Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, a...
It is not a good time to be a free thinker on the Indian subcontinent. Within a few months, secular voices Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman and, most recently, Ananta Bijoy Das were forever silenced in Bangladesh. Then, an outspoken activist Sabeen Mahmud was brazenly assassinated in Pakistan. We Indians are (relatively) fortunate to have the freedom to voice our opinion without getting stabbed for it, or riddled with high calibre rounds. However, recent trends suggest we may be headed down the same totalitarian path as our neighbours.