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india Updated: Apr 18, 2011 22:51 IST
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To prevent its misuse, scrap the archaic law on sedition
The Supreme Court has brought in a welcome distinction between social activism and sedition by granting bail to Binayak Sen (SC gives bail to Binayak Sen, April 16). It's a rap on the knuckles for the Chhattisgarh government which had levelled sedition charges against Sen. The sedition law, created by the British to exact loyalty and enforce silence, is now a colonial relic and only makes a mockery of democracy. Parliamentarians should revisit the archaic law and scrap it.
G David Milton, via email

Not going with the flow
Ashok Malik in It's not the real deal (April 15) points out that Anna Hazare's act has been misinterpreted. But structural reforms are not made but happen due to historical forces. Malik is making an elitist assumption by saying that most people who gathered at Jantar Mantar do not understand the bill. The average Indian has realised the menace of rampant corruption and is trying to initiate a change.
Abhinav Walia, via email

At home, and totally alone
This refers to Anu Kumar's article Trapped in their backyard (April 16). The recent incident of the two sisters who isolated and starved themselves in their Noida house for six months shows the changing character of urban areas in the country. An atmosphere of indifference and apathy is bound to lead to more such incidents.
Pratham Dwivedi, via email

A timely word of caution
The report Do not protect corrupt judges: CJI to politicians (April 17) is a bold announcement by Justice SH Kapadia. If judges listened to his advice and stayed somewhat aloof from public life, the judiciary could be freed from corruption.
GK Arora, Delhi

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