Essay

Patriotism and dissent

Print edition : April 14, 2017

During a protest against civilian killings in Srinagar on September 6, 2016. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

P. Ramamurthi, who was a Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) . As a member of the Joint Committee of Parliament, he urged the dropping of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Bill, 1967. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

C.K. Daphtary, former Attorney-General of India (left). He made plain his distaste for the Bill when he appeared before the Joint Committee of Parliament on October 16, 1967. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Can the cries of azadi be suppressed by recourse to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967? Lawmakers have opined that rather than serving the purpose of fighting centrifugal forces, it will become a weapon in the hands of the ruling party to fight its opponents unscrupulously.
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