We don’t agree..!
Just a few years ago a clown in America called Bush, tried to do the same against people in his country who opposed his war on Iraq. He got thrown out. Any government, which tries to bully its citizenry the same way deserve the same fate that Bush received.
What is sedition? My dictionary defines sedition as ‘speech or action causing rebellion against the government’. Now isn’t this a nice archaic law to put all those who oppose the government into prison? The police arrive at your house or mine, “You are under arrest!” “For what?” you ask. “Did you write this article?” “Well it’s got my name and that face looks like mine!” “You have opposed the government?”
“I have written against its policies!” “Come with us!” Many years ago with the British in power, you could be arrested for opposing their colonial rule, and many of our leaders went to jail and spent months and even years there. One would have thought that with the unfairness of such a law, those jailed would have seen that it was thrown out of the window when we got our freedom. But maybe while they were in jail, they thought, “Why not keep it, it’s an ambiguous rule, one which we can use against anyone who opposes our policies!”
If some body says that the poor are remaining poor: Put him in jail. If someone says that corruption is rampant, jail him. What happened to our freedom of speech? Are we becoming a police state?
I definitely don’t like the violent methods used by the red cadre, but does that mean I can’t speak to them? And what happens to Raja, and Kalmadi and all the other political leaders who are splitting the country, and looting our nation, aren’t they bigger traitors than Binayak Sen? What about the Gujarat Chief Minister and his shameful lapses during the riots? How easy to book people, jail them, and give them life imprisonment, when they have no mass support? Maybe it’s time for we the masses, to raise our voices and throw out such an outdated, colonial law, that may one day see you or me in jail, just for saying, “We don’t agree..!”