August 20, 2017

The Farce of Freedom of Expression In Karnataka

 

While inaugurating 70th commemorative  edition of National Herald in Bengaluru, Rahul Gandhi remarked that free speech is being muzzled under Modi’s regime. He is thousands of miles away holidaying in Italy and freedom of expression has been taken for a ride in Karnataka, a Congress ruled state. But who cares?

Intolerance, fascism and curbs on FoE are meant only for BJP ruled states. Editors Guild of India, eminent personalities like Fali Nariman, Arun Shourie cannot even bother to spare a thought about two legislators who have been imposed with one year jail term for exercising freedom of expression against two state assembly legislators.

Will Partha Chatterjee, who compared Chief of Army Staff with General Dyer over Major Gogoi’s decision of tying a so called “Pashmina shawl Weaver” to Jeep, now answer who should be compared with Karnataka Assembly speaker? Will likes of Prannoy “Annoy” Roy and his cabal arise from “Shavaasana” and come to rescue of hapless journalists?

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Those who scribbled lengthy editorials and open letters about lynching of Pehlu Khan and Akhlaq, spare some thoughts for innocents hacked to death in Karnataka.

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