Amit Shah doesn’t have right to decide what is anti-national: Irfan Habib

Habib said it was ironical that Shah seldom lost an opportunity to dub others as "anti-national" when his own party was repeatedly indulging in acts that went against national interest.

By: PTI | Aligarh | Updated: November 7, 2016 6:46 pm
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Noted historian Irfan Habib Sunday said BJP president Amit Shah “does not have the right” to decide what is an anti-national act.”This right rests with the Constitution of India,” the 85-year-old historian said. Habib said it was ironical that Shah seldom lost an opportunity to dub others as “anti-national” when his own party was repeatedly indulging in acts that went against national interest.

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Referring to the controversial one-day ban on NDTV India by the Modi government, Habib said a number of news channels and mediapersons in the country had the courage to speak the truth. “…and speaking the truth can never be an anti-national act,” he said.

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    Hudaf Shaikh
    Nov 7, 2016 at 3:05 am
    The token ban on NDTV is to encourage reporting to be in a manner which does not impact national security or ist terrorists. Even TV and new channels in the free democratic countries like US, UK etc... adhere to this norm - it is in India the press is not sensitive towards this critical aspect - and hence, the decision of a token ban would help sensitize our press to this aspect in the interest of public and national safety.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Irfan Habib's clear definition of anti-national [as one which against the consution] is very welcome at a time when every politician is using these words very loosely against their opponents. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Any party or person who opposes any of the fundamental rights or directive principles of the consution should be viewed as anti-national.
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      sagar
      Nov 7, 2016 at 11:49 am
      Ban is dark. That means if you switch off a TV for one day, how dark it becomes. Banning anything does not give prestige to India. If India has awaken up always that Ban is harsh and against people's daily activity. Sorry BJP.
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        sagar
        Nov 7, 2016 at 11:51 am
        It is true very often BJP uses harsh words against many party cadres, which is like often coining words that seems anti-national. We are Indians but very often BJP-Rss use work stani for many leaders and many Indians.
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