As chill sets in
- Highest earners in 75% rural households earned below Rs 5K: SECC
- Ex-RAW chief's revelation: Congress seeks PM's apology for Gujarat riots
- Hema Malini's car accident: Victim's family upset with BJP MP
- Kandahar operation: BJP dismisses ex-RAW chief's claims of 'goof-up'
- Gujarat HC dismisses petition against PM Narendra Modi for filing defective affidavit
Together with the Tamil Nadu government's curbs on the screening of Kamal Haasan's new film, Vishwaroopam, this episode must focus attention on the intimidatory application of what are meant to be reasonable checks on the unfettered freedom of expression. Though the film had been cleared by the Censor Board and the Supreme Court has earlier cautioned against the threat of protests to block the screening of a film, the state government succumbed to pressure by a few groups, alleging that it hurt their sentiments. Similarly, the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act is meant to address the prevalence of ritually embedded discrimination that continues to perpetuate the social and economic marginalisation of groups. It is not an instrument to fell complex arguments, let alone one that details an unjust social order.