Sedition and the Government

  • “The arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union, on complaints of sedition, represents the latest attack on free speech by the Indian state.
  • The move shows the government’s pointed efforts at quelling any form of dissent. Section 124-A of the IPC, pertaining to sedition, negates the right to dissent.
  • So it is Section 124-A that is ‘anti-India’ that is opposed to the idea of a legitimate, liberal democratic state,” says Suhrith Parthasarathy, an advocate in Madras High Court.