Satirical poem on Mahatma Gandhi:SC says Freedom of speech is not limitless

A bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant said one cannot be allowed to use indecent language for “historically respected personalities like Mahatma Gandhi”. The bench upheld the Bombay High Court’s decision of not quashing charge of sale/publication of obscene books, framed against accused Devidas Ramchandra Tuljapurkar, saying freedom of speech and expression does…

A salute to freedom

It would be a very boring world if writers agreed with each other all the time. But it is a tragic world when writers disagree with each other on a fundamental principle. And that principle is the freedom to speak, even in the face of threat or violence. Earlier this week at a gala in…

Dissecting the “Internet Freedom” Agenda: A review of Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski, The Real Cyber War

A review of Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski, The Real Cyber War: The Political Economy of Internet Freedom by Richard Hill 2, April 2015 This review was originally published in boundary 2, at:http://boundary2.org/2015/04/29/dissecting-the-internet-freedom-agenda/ Disclosure: the author of this review is thanked in the Preface of the reviewed book. Both radical civil society organizations and…

PM Modi defends ban on Delhi gang rape documentary

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defended his government’s decision to ban a controversial documentary film about the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi, saying it was to ensure the dignity of the victim was protected. The film “India’s Daughter” – which features an interview with one of the men who raped…

Arvind Kejriwal under attack over media circular

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday came under biting criticism for his government’s controversial circular threatening action against the media for any “defamatory news,” with the Congress and the BJP accusing him of being a “hypocrite” and “anti-democratic.” An official order issued by the Delhi government has directed the administration to bring in notice…