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Breakthrough in Ladakh deserves cautious welcome

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News of a India-China breakthrough in Ladakh deserves cautious welcome. A “synchronised and organised disengagement” indicates New Delhi has been able to prevail over Beijing to end its aggression. Celebrations should wait for complete de-escalation. India needs to be on guard and hold on to its advantageous positions until then.

Govt and Twitter are playing policeman with online speech — selectively, of course

Both the government and Twitter are playing policeman with online speech, but selectively so. If the government is acting like a censor, so did Twitter with Trump. In this faceoff, homegrown Koo may be good for competition, but it’s looking more like government’s strong-arm tactics to gag protesters and critics.

SC missed an opportunity by not re-examining sedition law, a dangerous weapon these days

Supreme Court has missed a great opportunity by rejecting a plea to re-examine sedition law. Sedition is anachronistic but it’s increasingly becoming a favourite weapon of governments to knockout opponents or suspects accused of far lesser violations, if any. SC should be taking the lead in shedding such colonial blemishes.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Jung nahin ho. Since 1988, the two Asian giants have tried to make space for each other’s rise. There is no issue outstanding between them that war would decisively resolve. A proposition that holds true with Pakistan as well.

  2. Each time a particularly inappropriate use is made of the law on Sedition, violating the very fair guidelines the SC had formulated in 1962, it might wish to treat this as a case of contempt of court. If faced with a whole rash of instances where the police are invoking such a drastic, colonial era law that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, it might wish to consider whether there is a case for reading down the law. Striking down the present provision as too sweeping in a democracy, with the government having the option to frame a more carefully worded version. 2. The entire edifice of law rests on the premise of the Rule of law being respected and upheld by the authorities. That is why societies accept drastic laws on terror, for example. However, if functionaries are unable to exercise such immense power without getting intoxicated, time to move away the punch bowl a little.

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