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Freedom of Expression under @INCIndia ever since @RahulGandhi joined active politics (2004) and had the power to intervene and stand for his belief that Freedom of Expression is a fundamental democratic right. A comprehensive, crowdsourced thread in response to his tweet:
1. In 2012, the UPA govt under @INCIndia moved to block the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
2. In 2012, upon UPA govt's request, Google blocked access to an "anti-Islam" film. livemint.com/Politics/9XNqU…
3. @INCIndia SACKED its worker for calling @RahulGandhi a PAPPU in an otherwise sycophantic ode. (via @I_DIVYANSHU) thehindu.com/news/national/…
4. @RahulGandhi's mother Ms Sonia Gandhi PERSONALLY WROTE to the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid expressing OUTRAGE over Danish cartoons, soon BANNED by India: rediff.com/news/2006/feb/…
5. @INCIndia tried to BAN The Red Sari, DEMANDED from the publishers they WITHDRAW the book. (via @alokmalik) outlookindia.com/website/story/…
6. @INCIndia BANNED the film Da Vinci Code. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @morningangleton) timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Da-Vinci…
7. @INCIndia DEMANDED content screening from Google, Facebook after a post on Sonia Gandhi offended it. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @AartiTikoo) india.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/ind…
8. @INCIndia goons gheraoed and disrupted an event hosted by the director of the film Indu Sarkar. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT.
9. Man ARRESTED under a UPA-enacted law for tweeting against @INCIndia leader's son. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @SupariShambhu) ndtv.com/south/man-arre…
10. @INCIndia DEMANDED cuts in the film Raajneeti. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @dibyabttb) indiatoday.intoday.in/story/Politics…
11. @INCIndia BANNED the film Aarakshan. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @sriharsha_ch348) indiatoday.intoday.in/story/prakash-…
12. @INCIndia lodged an FIR against a person for calling Gandhi-Nehru 'Trash', burnt his effigy. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @samas777) indianexpress.com/article/india/…
13. @INCIndia workers FORCED a restaurant to SHUT DOWN, filed an FIR, over a bill mocking the UPA. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @DillliWaala) thehindubusinessline.com/news/congress-…
14. @INCIndia SACKED the Editor of its mouthpiece for publishing columns that passingly, and without malice, wrote the truth. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. indianexpress.com/article/india/…
15. CBFC under @INCIndia BLURRED the Tibetan flag in a film, leading to protests. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @BullaDmello) news18.com/news/india/tib…
16. CBFC under @INCIndia virtually banned, HARASSED makers of the '1984 riots' film Amu; film couldn't be screened. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/…
17. Law enforcement under @INCIndia slapped SEDITION, cybercrime charges on a cartoonist. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @bdhaps) thehindu.com/news/national/…
18. @INCIndia govt SUPPORTED the punishment meted out to 2 journalists by the Karnataka Assembly. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @idiotsspeak) indianexpress.com/article/india/…
19. @INCIndia DEMANDED intimate scenes between Nehru & Edwina to be CUT; film got shelved. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @nanditathhakur) telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…
20. Police under @INCIndia ARRESTED a man for writing an FB post on @siddaramaiah. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @BHARGAV_GN) indiatoday.in/india/story/ka…
21. RCO under @INCIndia harassed the makers, virtually BANNED the film Pithavinum Puthranum (In the name of the Father and the Son). @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. thehindu.com/news/cities/Ko…
22. @INCIndia DEMANDED a BAN on the film Kya Super Kool Hain hum, for offending the sensibilities of Christians. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. firstpost.com/entertainment/…
23. @INCIndia THREATENED protests, demanded a BAN on a film on Indira Gandhi's assassination, Kaum de Heere . The film was banned. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. bbc.com/news/world-asi…
24. @INCIndia BANNED the film Sadda Haq. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. thehindu.com/news/national/…
25. @INCIndia CM BOYCOTTED sharing dais with @SrBachchan. His son's posters were REMOVED. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @sagargodbole247)
thehoot.org/story_popup/ma…
26. @INCIndia BANNED the film Hawayein, that had the 1984 Sikh genocide as a backdrop. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. archive.mid-day.com/news/2010/feb/…
27. @INCIndia BANNED the film Tango Charlie. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. archive.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/a…
28. @INCIndia protested, DEMANDED a ban on Sharad Ponkshe's play Hey Ram Nathuram. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. indianexpress.com/article/india/…
29. CBFC under @INCIndia virtually BANNED the film Had Anhad. The High Court REBUKED CBFC & FCAT, cleared the film for viewing. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. thehoot.org/free-speech/ce…
30. CBFC under @INCIndia DEMANDED Rushdie's voiceover comment on Indira Gandhi in Midnight's Children be REMOVED. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/…
31. @INCIndia (DF govt) BANNED Laine's Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Go…
32. @INCIndia shamelessly PLEADED to NOT lift the BAN on Laine's book, Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India. The Supreme Court disregarded advice. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @IndianChomsky) timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Supreme-…
33. Police under @INCIndia ARRESTED a man for writing a Facebook post on Tipu Sultan. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @BHARGAV_GN) indiatoday.in/mail-today/sto…
34. @INCIndia MLA DEMANDED a BAN on Sunny Leone's condom ad, saying it shames us. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. newindianexpress.com/entertainment/…
35. @INCIndia SACKED its prominent regional leader who called @RahulGandhi joker. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @I_DIVYANSHU) timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kerala-C…
36. @INCIndia DEMANDED a BAN on the film Nishabd. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. thehindu.com/todays-paper/t…
37. @INCIndia FILED a POLICE CASE against the maker of a spoof video. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @ankit_rajpt)
38. Close aide of @INCIndia wanted to BAN the 1984 sikh genocide film already in trouble re CBFC. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @TheSaneMind) thehoot.org/free-speech/me…
39. @INCIndia MP DEMANDED a BAN on the film Dum Maro Dum, because it portrayed Goan women in an objectionable manner. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. thehindu.com/todays-paper/t…
40. @INCIndia DEMANDED a BAN on Jaswant Singh's book Jinnah, India-Partition Independence. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. news18.com/news/politics/…
41. @INCIndia wanted to dish out LICENSES to journalists, that could then be TAKEN AWAY by the govt on its discretion. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @tarun_197) thehindu.com/news/national/…
42. @INCIndia wanted to KEEP THE BAN on the famous musical Jesus Christ Superstar, pleading, "it may hurt the religious faith of Christians and cause serious law & order issues." SC DISREGARDED the plea. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @tweetRada) timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Priests-…
43. @INCIndia DEMANDED a BAN on the song Bharat Mata Ki Jai from the film Shanghai. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. mid-day.com/articles/mumba…
44. @INCIndia MP TORE DOWN posters of the film Arjun Reddy saying they ruined the minds of youngsters, DEMANDED a ban. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @prasanth439)
45. @INCIndia DEMANDED a BAN on the film Namo Saune Gamo, based on the life of @narendramodi. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. theindianpanorama.news/india/congress…
46. @INCIndia BANNED the accredited @republic news channel from its press conference. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @I_DIVYANSHU)
47. CBFC under @INCIndia virtually BANNED the film, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. reuters.com/article/idUS12…
48. CBFC under @INCIndia ORDERED the director to cut scenes, saying that the Emergency was NEVER imposed. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @trackevangelism) mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/entertainment/…
49. @INCIndia DEMANDED a BAN on Opinion Polls. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. archive.indianexpress.com/news/congress-…
50. @INCIndia wanted to STALL, BAN release of the film Padmavati. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @Tejas_Bhatt) indiatoday.intoday.in/story/padmavat…
51. Police under @INCIndia SUSPENDED a constable for criticising @siddaramaiah. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @youbee_s)
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangaluru…
52. Police under @INCIndia ARRESTED a man for criticising @narendramodi. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/crim…
53. Police under @INCIndia ARRESTED students in Kerala for defaming @narendramodi. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. theguardian.com/world/2014/jun…
54. Commission under @INCIndia DEMANDED a ban on the film Rang de Basanti; passed ONLY after minister said yes. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @eaniman)
m.rediff.com/news/2006/feb/…
55. @INCIndia BANNED Nakoula's iconic film Innocence of Muslims after US Consulate was attacked by protesters in Chennai; directed all webpages where the film was available to be BLOCKED. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/U…
56. CBFC under @INCIndia DENIED film certificate to Jayan Cherian's famous Dalit film Papilio Buddha; BANNED it from IFFK. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @loosebool) news18.com/news/india/pap…
57. @INCIndia BANNED dozens of channels for, among other things, showing "obscene and women degrading content" that for it included lingerie, Hawas, Sizzling Hits. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @centerofright)
58. @INCIndia, this time its youth wing, DEMANDED a BAN on the film Padmavati. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. patrika.com/pali-news/yout…
59. CBFC under @INCIndia BANNED @doktorgandu's cult film Gandu. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT.
60. CBFC under @INCIndia BANNED Ashvin Kumar’s film Inshallah, Football. It went on to win a National Award after the ban was later revoked. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT.
61. @INCIndia BANNED Nobel nominee @Callum_Macrae's acclaimed documentary No Fire Zone because it could have "strained friendly relations between India and Sri Lanka." @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/…
62. CBFC under @INCIndia BANNED Amol Palekar's Marathi film Thang. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. indianculturalforum.in/2016/07/08/imp…
63. @INCIndia goons VANDALISED and RANSACKED the auditorium where noted theatre personality Hirannaiah was speaking; FORCED a grovelling apology off him. Hirannaiah had poked fun at Siddaramaiah and Sonia Gandhi. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @youbee_s) timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mysuru/No…
64. @INCIndia INSTRUCTED authorities to BAN @SunnyLeone from expressing her freedom to act and perform a show. Police under @INCIndia REFUSED to promise safety for her and her crew. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sunny-le…
65. @INCIndia's Sonia Gandhi DEMANDED all studies coming out of RGICR be politically vetted after a study ranked Gujarat No. 1 in economic freedom. Director @bibekdebroy REFUSED, said he was made to QUIT. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @PrashastSri) huffingtonpost.in/2015/11/05/bib…
66. @INCIndia (UPA) passed the DRACONIAN 66A, used to suppress free speech online. It was later struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT, did not want to tear it to shreds like he did the 2013 UPA ordinance. (via @rajeev_mp)
67. @INCIndia's Sonia Gandhi [10 Janpath] rang up @bibekdebroy, Director (Research) of RGICR after learning he had invited Editor of RSS' @eOrganiser, DEMANDING withdrawal of invitation. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Intolera…
68. @INCIndia's Mani Shankar Aiyar, who collected money for the Chinese during the 1962 war - an allegation he denies - ORDERED removal of a plaque commemorating Savarkar at the jail where he spent a decade in solitary confinement. Plaque was REMOVED. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT.
69. @INCIndia BANNED accredited @TimesNow news channel from attending @RahulGandhi's press conference. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT.
70. @INCIndia lodged a complaint under section 66 with Bhopal Police cyber cell against BJP spokesperson @sureshnakhua for circulating a spoof video that parodied @RahulGandhi. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT.
71. @INCIndia's @KapilSibal BANNED from textbooks a 50 year old cartoon by Shankar; APOLOGISED for it being present in the first place. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. thehindu.com/news/national/…
72. @INCIndia youth wanted to BURN copies of @TIME to protest its labelling PM Manmohan Singh as an Underachiever. They got confused and BURNT @timesofindia instead. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. (via @drmanny)
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/T…
73. @INCIndia (UPA) ORDERED the BLOCKING of HUNDREDS of URLs, including twitter accounts of journalists @KanchanGupta & @ShivAroor. @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT.
74. @INCIndia's @sanjaynirupam DEMANDED that @imbhandarkar's film Indu sarkar be first screened for senior Congress leaders for a "no objection certificate". @RahulGandhi stayed SILENT. ndtv.com/india-news/bef… indiatimes.com/entertainment/…
Freedom of Expression under @INCIndia from the time @RahulGandhi joined active politics (2004).

A man SO POWERFUL he could demand from his own govt the tearing up of its own Ordinance; a man who could have intervened in EACH of these instances but didn't. twitter.com/i/moments/1018…
Both Nehru & Manmohan upheld Freedom of Expression, writes Prof Basu.

Freedom of Expression under Nehru: twitter.com/i/moments/9274…

Freedom of Expression under Manmohan: twitter.com/i/moments/1088…

More than 50 documented violations. EACH.

Will @kaushikcbasu apologise now, please?
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