The intention behind Supreme Court’s restraint on a TV programme to prevent vilification of Muslims is laudable. But the court’s criticism of media freedoms and its functioning is worrying. The SC has a constitutional responsibility to protect freedom of speech and expression. That mandate should remain sacrosanct even under provocation.
Rajnath Singh’s China statement reassuring, signals strength of India’s transparent democracy
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in Lok Sabha on the strategic challenge posed by China on the LAC is reassuring and signals the strength of India’s transparent democracy. He spoke with a calm confidence, avoided chest-thumping rhetoric and did not give in to the opposition demand for granular ground details.
Delhi assembly threat to Facebook unreasonable. Fight against hate mustn’t be undermined by turf wars
Delhi assembly committee’s threat of coercive steps against Facebook is unreasonable. Facebook’s plea for recall of the committee’s summon because it has already deposed before a parliamentary panel deserves careful consideration. Parliamentary and assembly committees mustn’t work at cross purposes. Fight against hate messages mustn’t be undermined by turf wars.
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