Sedition

Colonial relic

Print edition : April 15, 2016

Bal Gangadhar Tilak's second trial for sedition in 1908. He was sentenced to six years' transportation. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He successfully defended Tilak in his third and last trial for sedition in 1916. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Gandhi, an undated photograph. His own trial for sedition in 1922 has become a legend for his admission of responsibility for the violence in Chauri Chaura and for the judge's generous remarks while pronouncing the sentence. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Aurobindo Ghose. His trial in the Alipore Bomb Case in 1908 was among the trials that moulded public opinion in colonial India.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. His trial for sedition in 1922 became famous for the defiance that he hurled at the colonial government.

Afzal Guru. His hanging in the Parliament attack case has been widely questioned. Photo: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP

Yakub Memon, a 1993 photograph. Questioning his execution in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and Afzal Guru's in the Parliament attack case is seen as seditious behaviour by the current regime. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The law of sedition was introduced by the British colonial regime to stifle dissent. The time has now come for a movement against the way in which the current regime is using it.

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