Subramanian Swamy challenges hate speech law in SC

After challenging the validity of the criminal defamation law, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has now challenged before the Supreme Court various provisions of the Indian Penal Code dealing with offences of ‘hate speech’, saying they were violative of the fundamental right to freedom of speech. According to the law, hate speech is any speech, gesture…

A free press

D’Ocracy D.E.M., beloved husband of T.Ruth, loving father of L.I.Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope, Justice, expired on June 26”, read an obituary in The Times of India’s Bombay edition. It was late (very late) June, 1975. A few nights before, late on 25 June, a few minutes before midnight, President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed imposed a…

Greenpeace India to present its case before political parties

Greenpeace India will meet representatives of different political parties and raise the issue of fundamental rights, after the government suspended its FCRA registration and blocked its domestic and international bank accounts. Greenpeace India campaigner Priya Pillaisaid the organisation will speak to all the political parties to stand up and protect the fundamental rights. Pillai was recently…

Free speech & campus politics

The de-recognition of a student body, ‘Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle,’ at IIT-Madras by its management has turned into a big inter-party conflict going beyond the campus. Its echo is heard on the streets of the capital and in other metropolitan cities. Fortunately, Parliament is not in session as it would provide yet another chance to the…

Free speech & campus politics

The de-recognition of a student body, ‘Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle,’ at IIT-Madras by its management has turned into a big inter-party conflict going beyond the campus. Its echo is heard on the streets of the capital and in other metropolitan cities. Fortunately, Parliament is not in session as it would provide yet another chance to the…

IIT Madras row: Arrest students dean, lawyers demand

Lawyers practising at the Madras high court’s Madurai bench staged a protest here on Tuesday demanding an immediate revocation of the derecognition of a student group at IIT Madras. As many as 60 lawyers gathered in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the court premises and raised slogans against the IIT-M management condemning the…