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IIT Madras circular bans all  'political activities' by students: 'Muting' of voices is shocking

Feb 10, 2016

IIT Madras circular bans all 'political activities' by students: 'Muting' of voices is shocking

This is what a circular, which aims at banning all political activities in the institute, said. The circular comes less than a year after IIT Madras banned a Dalit students' movement. #BJP #Narendra Modi #ConnectTheDots #Free Speech #iit madras #AAP political bickering #Bhaskar Ramamurthi #political activities
Facebook off the hook, can be allowed to block Sikh group's page in India: US court

Nov 18, 2015

Facebook off the hook, can be allowed to block Sikh group's page in India: US court

Facebook is immune from claims that it discriminated against the "Sikhs for Justice", a US based human rights group #facebook #US #NEWS TRACKER #Free Speech
No ban on media, but social media needs regulations, says Arun Jaitley: How will the govt strike that balance?

Oct 27, 2015

No ban on media, but social media needs regulations, says Arun Jaitley: How will the govt strike that balance?

Delivering the Sardar Patel lecture organised by All India Radio (AIR) in New Delhi, Arun Jaitley, noted that while the right to freedom of expression has expanded in India through successive judicial verdicts and technological advances, its misuse continues to happen. #social media #India #ConnectTheDots #Arun Jaitley #Freedom of Speech #News #Section 66A #Right to free speech #Article 19(2)
Dadri to Sahitya Akademi row: PM Modi should take high ground on free speech, tolerance

Oct 15, 2015

Dadri to Sahitya Akademi row: PM Modi should take high ground on free speech, tolerance

While Modi has spoken out briefly on Dadri and other acts of intolerance by fringe groups, he needs to take a higher moral ground to become truly credible. He must take the fight into his opponents' camp, but it needs bold action too. #Salman Rushdie #NewsTracker #Modi #Taslima Nasreen #Free Speech #Sahitya Akademi awards
Akademi award storm has nothing to do with Govt, says Culture Minister

Oct 13, 2015

Akademi award storm has nothing to do with Govt, says Culture Minister

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma is trying to distance himself from the growing discontent among writers returning their Sahitya Akademi awards, saying that if the writers are unable to write, “let them first stop writing.” #TheySaidIt #SahityaAkademi #CultureMinister #MaheshSharma #FreeSpeech
Illiberal India: Why the only minority we have to protect is the 'minority of one'

Oct 05, 2015

Illiberal India: Why the only minority we have to protect is the 'minority of one'

After beef and book bans, we now have the Catholic Secular Forum demanding a play ban because its lead actors are "not Christians". Our penchant for banning comes comes from our tendency to protect the minority instead of the individual #Hindutva #Free Speech #Cow slaughter #Minority rights #beef ban #Liberal Values #Catholic Social Forum #Agnes of God
IIT-M's slide into saffron: The unjust ban was just one symptom of the rot

Jun 09, 2015

IIT-M's slide into saffron: The unjust ban was just one symptom of the rot

The revoking of the de-recognition of a student’s body, the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC), at the IIT Madras is not only an endorsement of political #OnOurMind #Narendra Modi #Smriti Irani #RSS #HRD Ministry #Free Speech #iit madras #Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle #IIT-M #APSC #APSC ban
Air strikes kill 15 suspected militants in northwest Pakistan | Reuters

May 22, 2015

Air strikes kill 15 suspected militants in northwest Pakistan | Reuters

PARACHINAR, Pakistan Air strikes killed at least 15 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Shawal Valley on Thursday, intelligence officials said, a week after security forces moved towards Taliban strongholds there. The deeply forested ravines are a major smuggling route from Pakistan into Afghanistan and are dotted with Taliban bases used to launch attacks on Pakistani forces. A local security commander and two intelligence officials said that between 15 and 16 suspected militants were killed in Thursday's strikes in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan #Sports #United States #Business #Pakistan #science #Health #Africa #Argentina #Latin America #Free Speech
Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier | Reuters

May 22, 2015

Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier | Reuters

WASHINGTON The Obama administration is publicly voicing confidence in Iraq’s prime minister in the fight against surging Islamic State militants, but privately some U.S. officials question whether he is too weak to bridge the sectarian divide. Washington is still betting on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who stands at the centre of President Barack Obama's strategy to roll back the latest conquests of Islamic State while keeping the United States from being pulled deeper into a conflict U.S. #Sports #United States #Economy #Business #France #Health #Iraq #Entertainment #Mexico #Free Speech