The arrest came to the fore after a video clip, purportedly showing policemen virtually dragging the man away from the court premises in the presence of dozens of bystanders, surfaced on social media
'Don't intend to retract tweet or apologise': Kunal Kamra on contempt of court proceedings against him
In a letter posted on Twitter, the stand-up comedian also wished to volunteer the time that would be allotted to the hearing of his contempt case to other matters and parties who have not been as lucky and privileged as him to 'jump the queue'
Democracy In India Part 15: Merit, not birth gets precedence as aura of elitism recedes from Indian military
Freed from the control of British officers after Independence, the army wanted to self-Indianise, while people too established a bond with the army.
Democracy in India Part 12: Gujarat's Muslims face social exclusion, lead ghettoised lives, but remain positive about future
If an entire class of voters, in this case the Muslims of Gujarat, stops expecting anything from an elected government, it rings alarm bells for the health of democracy in India
Democracy In India Part 10: Scourge of casteism in slow retreat as more and more youth marry for love
There are two contrary trends in Indian democracy: While caste remains alive in politics and society, it is also giving way to more democratisation in some regions, most notably in Gujarat.
Democracy In India Part 8: Strong democratic process engendering surplus of free speech, empowering communities
In Indian democracy, free speech is empowering communities as well as individuals, a fact that can be gleaned from recent Dalit protests or Jat upheaval.
Democracy In India Part 7: Country's polity vastly unaccountable to citizens despite relative success of democratic process
Recent farmer protests show that those making policies do not represent them, or those ruling democracy are far removed from the masses and their issues.
Democracy In India Part 6: Despite caste and religious divisions, our democratic journey reflects silent revolution
Past 70 years of Indian democracy saw a gradual erosion of caste, spread of women's education, independence of judiciary and EC, among others achievements.
Democracy In India Part 5: Cities are drivers of democratic change, secure rights and liberties of individuals
Cities are drivers of economic growth and social progress. In democracies, cities engender exponential awareness of democratic rights.
Democracy In India Part 4: Rule of law routinely trampled upon by politicians in power, who act like 'new kings'
In the Indian democracy, politicians in power are the new 'kings' as the principle of rule of law is routinely trampled upon by our rulers.
Democracy In India Part 3: Caste and politics continue to collide, sometimes violently, in a cyclical struggle for power
With the Indian democracy emerging as a dominant player, some social and political changes have been seen. But caste and politics continue to collide.
Democracy In India Part 2: Use of religion by ruling parties overwhelms secular character of Indian State
The Indian State, guided by the Constitution, does aspire to be secular. But in practice, religion has deeply penetrated its apparatus and democracy.
Democracy In India Part 1: BJP, Congress prioritise community over individual, use caste and religion to enslave citizens
In this process of interplay between identity and politics, BJP may have learnt from the Congress, which is beginning to re-learn the same: This time from the BJP. Such identity politics will continue for the foreseeable future. In Indian democracy, the individual stands defeated.