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Kanchan Gupta @KanchanGupta
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We're slipping into a zone where #freedom is in danger. It's outrageous that Abhijit Iyer-Mitra @Iyervval has been arrested by #Odisha Police on risible charges and denied bail. Please read and circulate my protest and appeal. Fight for your, his and everybody's liberty. #India
Meanwhile, courts have further extended P Chidambaram's protection from arrest in one of the massive financial scams in which he is allegedly involved. Clearly, for him 'jail is not the safest place'.
It is a week since Abhijit Iyer-Mitra was arrested for satire. He is still in jail. In this wondrous democracy of ours, #FreeSpeech fetches jail. Criminals and offenders are extended bail or, even better, protection from arrest. We are all complicit in this travesty of justice.
If you do not stand up to the easily offended and be counted when freedom is curtailed, if you do not resist the Thought Police and the Minders of Virtues and Vices of all faiths, Martin Niemöller's words will come true.
There will be none left to protest when they come for you.
It's Abhijit today. It could be you tomorrow.
Film-maker & writer @vivekagnihotri has been slapped with a criminal contempt of court notice by a Delhi High Court judge for his tweet-thread on the Gautam Navlakha order.
The 'safety valve of democracy' has truly blown. We now live in dread of the policeman's knock. #FreeSpeech
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra @Iyervval has been in an #Odisha prison for 15 days now. His remand has been extended by another 14 days. For tweeting satire. It could be you tomorrow. #FreeSpeech
Liberty is now an alien in India?
It's a slippery slope once you tread that path using British colonial era laws as your props. Fight for #FreeSpeech not less speech. Stand up to those who are easily offended and want to kill Liberty for self-serving agendas.
#India, everytime a bit of freedom is chipped off our democracy, everytime a hammer blow of offence is struck on liberty in our republic, think of #Pakistan.
Do you really want to go that way?
A school bus was attacked by the easily offended to protest Bollywood kitsch 'Padmavat' which, like 'Jodha Akbar', nobody remembers now. What will it be this time? Burn a school bus?
This is what happens when the state panders to the easily offended.
Journalist Santhosh Thammaiah arrested at midnight for speaking against Tipu Sultan at an event near Kodagu, #Karnataka. Perverse #LeLi politics of celebrating a tyrant and his tyranny more important than upholding #FreeSpeech? #IamwithSanthoshThammaiah
The clay masks that were crafted by tax-funded, state-sponsored 'eminent historians' to hide the hideous faces of tyrannical rulers and whitewash their crimes against Hindus have begun to fall off. Aurangzeb, Tipu... Understandably, politicians and their stooges are in panic.
Sadly, the grotesque caricaturing of history by tax-funded, state-sponsored historians continues unabated. Govts change but 'Operation Sanitise History' stays unaffected. Tyrant Tipu still finds glowing mention in textbooks. NDA Govt is proud not a word has been changed. So.
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