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20 November 2012: On Mumbai Police’s attack on Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan’s fundamental right to Freedom of Speech and Expression guaranteed under article 19(1)a of the constitution of India.   Your government taken oath to uphold the constitution of India and protect your rights have failed to protect Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan yesterday. It is an irony that the Police, who are supposed to be our guardians have turned against us. Justice Katju, Chairman, Press Council of India, and former Judge, Supreme Court of India said this in his blog[1], “To my mind it is absurd to say that protesting against a bandh hurts religious sentiments. Under Article 19(1)(a) of our Constitution freedom of speech is a guaranteed fundamental right . We are living in a democracy, not a fascist dictatorship. In fact this arrest itself appears to be a criminal act since under sections 341 and 342 […]

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Curious case of Henna Bakshi

When Henna Bakshi left a comment on Chandigarh traffic police’s Facebook page[1] in frustration after losing her Multi Utility Vehicle (MUV) from her friend’s house in Sector 18 on August 11, she wouldn’t have expected a police case to silence her. It’s only recently, cartoonist Aseem Trivedi was jailed under the same act (he was also booked under more serious sedition charge under 124a). With such an oppressive tool like 66a in hand we are only going to see more and more silencing of dissenting voices by the powerful.

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Freedom to Draw

The Internet, 08 September 2012 Award winning Political Cartoonist, arrested yesterday at BKC police station, Mumbai under 124a sedition, 66a of IT Act and National Emblem act. Aseem Trivedi has been the victim of targeted attacks to silence by the government for his cartoons in support of India Against Corruption. His website was deleted by pressuring his hosting providers last year. Since then he has published the same cartoons on a blog on Blogspot. We wish to state clearly that we have seen the cartoons, and we do not find them different from the prevailing atmosphere of anger and accusation over corruption from that time. They were the same feelings that gave rise to an unprecedented number of people rising in protest. We believe that the cartoons simply reflect that and are a fair commentary of that time, in the sense of not creating a fictional view of circumstances.

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The Moment of Choice

As the country burns in conflicts among communities, we see with increasing dismay the physical, mental and emotional toll on people in Assam, Ranchi, Mumbai, Pune, Mysore, Bangalore and more. The Pirate Party India wishes to share a few thoughts out of concern. The Moment of Choice This moment – a snapshot. We’ve been here before. Today, for whatever reasons, we are in an adrenaline fueled state of hyper-awareness of differences – our alertness narrows our vision, focuses our awareness and brings it down to a very primitive level of survival, but there is more. We can see it again. We have been angry, scared, shared, protected. Always we have looked back at angry choices with regret. We stand at the crossroads again. Knowing we are writing history with our choices, making them at the speed of thought in this new age. A line from Spider Man movie comes to […]

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