Have written to Kerala's Law Minister P.Rajeeve to consider enacting an anti-discrimination law, as promised in both our parties' manifestoes, that could be a model for the country: thehindu.com/news/national/…
India is one of the few democracies without a robust anti-discrimination law. I had introduced the Anti-Discrimination & Equality Bill, 2016, in the LS. Regrettably it was not considered by the GoI. It is clear that a State should take the first step in enacting such a law.
This can re-ignite the discourse on the need for a national legislation against discrimination, while also setting up strong frameworks in the states. A central Bill cannot, at any rate, cover subjects that are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the state government.
That's why I have written to Law Minister of Kerala with a Draft Bill which can be introduced in the State Assembly. I have also urged him & the LoP to initiate a pre-legislative consultation process on this Draft, so that maximum participation of stakeholders can be ensured.
A copy of the Draft Bill will be made public through a website soon. In the meantime, if anyone would like a copy, please write to office[at]tharoor.in. This is only a working draft. Revisions of the Bill based on comments received will also be forwarded to the Govt.
This is an attempt to set an example of progressive law-making in our country, on an issue that affects the well-being of all our citizens. Both the Bill & the process we've tried to embark upon could help transform the way legislation is used to ensure & protect social change.

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26 May
1. W/reference to allegations circulated publicly recently by a member of the ParliamentaryCommittee on IT relating to the #ManipulatedMedia issue, this is to clarify that, given theCmt's inability to meet in current circumstances, it communicates w/Ministries in writing as reqd.
2. On the subject of the Ministry of IT's contacts with @Twitter on #ManipulatedMedia, the Committee Secretariat wrote to MEITY by email on 4 & 25 May & received a detailed & comprehensive reply dated 26 May, which is being circulated to all Members for their information.
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14 Apr
1. There's understandable anger in India over the US Seventh Fleet sailing near Lakshadweep in waters that are part of our exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). However, there is nothing in UNCLOS (the Law of the Sea) that supports India’s stand on freedom of navigation through the EEZ.
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1. I have got hold of an advance copy of @BarackObama's #APromisedLand & though i haven't read every page, I did read every bit on India flagged in the Index. Big news: There isn't much. Bigger news: in 902 pages, @narendramodi is not mentioned by name at all.
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3. "More than anything, though, my fascination with India had to do with Mahatma Gandhi. Along with Lincoln, King, &Mandela, Gandhi had profoundly influenced my thinking."
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