Whose law and what order, Amma?

In her press conference, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, made three interesting points. 1) "Protection of law and order is my first priority" The law, for the record, is clearly on the side of freedom of expression. Case after case before various courts, including the Supreme Court, has seen ruling in favour of… Continue reading Whose law and what order, Amma?

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The terrorism of bans

Let me begin by setting the tone for the piece. I am told that there is the distant possibility that the film may actually be offensive to some people.  Keeping that in mind, here is my disclaimer –  Boo – fucking – hoo. Grow up. The world is not here to cuddle you and whatever… Continue reading The terrorism of bans

Does the world need protection from freedom of speech?

As the protests against the anti-Islam film 'Innocence of Muslims' circled the globe with increasing ludicrousness, one of the more interesting lines of arguments often heard was - “Freedom of speech is fine, but make a law against saying bad things about the prophet because the inciters of hate speech are responsible for the riots.”… Continue reading Does the world need protection from freedom of speech?