Sedition Has No Room in Modern Democracies, Time for The Law to Be Repealed – By Abhijit Sengupta
….Sedition, it must be emphasised, is no simple crime…. This is a serious offence. And yet, the charge is treated lightly by the police and the prosecution….
Free India has used a series of laws to control the personal freedom of those who have spoken against the policies of the state. Perhaps the most significant today are the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), both of which use the basic argument of division, of “we versus them”.
But the colonial provision of S124A is perhaps the worst – it can make a loyal Indian anti-national by the stroke of a dishonest policeman’s pen in an FIR. It is a law that Macaulay himself did not want in his IPC. It is time that, in independent India, that law goes.