“The feeling of patriotism cannot be forced down someone. It is a sentiment that is already there in all Indians.”
The social media post by 59-year-old Manzoor Ahmad allegedly praised the Pakistan army.
However, a magistrate in Chennai ordered Tadikala Akbar Saleem released, saying the “random” message he received was “no evidence of anti-national activity”.
Throughout India’s freedom struggle, the RSS was subservient to the British, with its leadership prohibiting participation in mass movements.
While several members of the Indian Women’s Press Corps have asked that the clause be removed, office bearers say they are trying to protect members’ interests and do not adhere to the BJP’s views of what is ‘anti-national’.
Growing animosity against the Centre in Tamil Nadu has taken the form of anger against the prime minister, which many allege has not received its due share of media coverage.
Eminent poets, politicians and students groups had criticised the charges of sedition against the author and had implored the state government to intervene.
Hiding behind the soldier allows the government to get away without answering any serious questions about the disastrous effects of demonetisation.
We have reached a stage where a Hindu’s nationalism is never in doubt even if he debunks the Constitution, glorifies Gandhi’s assassin and mourns India’s independence; but a Muslim or Christian’s person’s nationalism is always suspect.
The constitution gives the people inalienable rights, the most precious of which is the right of dissent. Just when dissent or resistance becomes “anti- national” is not for the politicians, policemen and sundry Hindutva outfits to decide.
Noted poet Gauhar Raza has lodged a complaint with Zee News for labelling him an anti-national, and has sought a corrigendum, public apology and compensation of one crore rupees from the channel.