In 2004, the country was up in arms at the thought of a person of Italian descent becoming prime minister of the country. The loud, and often jarring, Sushma Swaraj even threatened to shave her head if the foreigner became PM.
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An increasingly scary trend has emerged in our country – people being put into prison on charges of sedition for voicing their opinions about governments. As with the TADA law in the 90s, there is a lot of discussion around the usefulness and effectiveness of such a law. While everybody seems to be agreed that we do need anti-sedition laws, not everybody seems to agree on what exactly amounts to sedition.
Pranab Mukherjee is the thirteenth president of the Republic of India after a bitter election. There is a feeling among one section, especially the ones who are looking to portray the Congress leadership as rudderless, that it is somehow not becoming that the presidential election should be contested. It is felt that it somehow reduces the office of the president.
In 1947, as India awoke to freedom and self-governance, the world sat back and waited. Everybody waited, smug in the knowledge that India would unravel. Logic seemed to be on their side, India seemed like a collection of incongruent entities. The common wisdom of the day was that India would quickly unravel into multiple smaller states.
I agree that there were sufficient grounds for the Australian police to detain and question Dr. Haneef. But they Australians shot themselves in the foot in their over eagerness to be seen as being tough on terrorism.
Is India free? The answer is an emphatic Yes and therein lies the problem.