Sedition Case A Warning To Be Silent On Lynching, J&K: Signatories – By Vishal Kumar
On 8 October, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat during his Vijaya Dashami address in Nagpur remarked that lynching was a ‘western construct’. On the same day over 1,500 prominent individuals endorsed the letter by 49 public figures who were slapped with sedition charges on 4 October for expressing concern over rising instances of mob lynchings in India.
Those charged with sedition include film makers Aparna Sen, Mani Ratnam, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Anurag Kashyap and historian Ramachandra Guha among others. The Quint reached out to six of the signatories who came out in support of those accused of acts of sedition.
However, a question all the signatories raised was regarding the use of colonial-era sedition laws in an independent democracy. Late on 9 October, however, the 49 celebrities were cleared of sedition. Many see the episode as an indirect warning to stay silent on socio-political issues in the future.… You can listen to TM Krishna’s complete take on the issue of mob lynchings, sedition charges and Mohan Bhagwat’s remark on lynchings being used to ‘defame’ the country.…
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- Judiciary must take proactive steps to stop lynching, punish perpetrators – By Dushyant Dave (Oct 19, 2019, Indian Express)
- Amit Shah Says ‘No Rise in Lynchings Under BJP’. Where’s the Data? – By Shreyashi Roykritika Goel (Oct 19, 2019, The Quint)
- From light to darkness, in Yogi Raj – By Ashutosh Sharma (Oct 19, 2019, National Herald)