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Govt should repeal sedition law: Binayak Sen

Activist Binayak Sen on Sunday said there was a need for the government to think about the sedition law.

Activist Binayak Sen on Sunday said there was a need for the government to think about the sedition law.

Speaking on the topic People’s Struggle for Social Justice and Democratic Rights’ at a function organised by Lokayat,Sen said,“The Britishers had introduced the sedition law when they were ruling over us. Years after leaving our country,they abolished the law in their country and we are still sticking to it. There is a need for our government to think about it and repeal the law.”

Initially,the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE) had been decided as the venue for the talk but it had to be changed to Pune Municipal Corporation’s Shramik Hall following threats from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists.

“I am thankful to the activists of ABVP because due to their protest on Saturday,I got the opportunity to speak at the PMC’s labour unions hall and this is a big honour for me,” said Sen,who was accompanied by his wife Ilina Sen.

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On his take on Maoism,Sen said,“The definition of Maoism is very complicated. Our constitution allows us keep forth our views,as long as they are put forward in a peaceful manner. However,we condemn the use of violence in any form. All the actions of the state should be directed towards increasing equality now.”

Sen winded up his speech by saying,“All of us want equality,peace and justice. When I was freed,there were still thousands of people behind the bars and nothing had been done for them. Sedition is being used as a tool to suppress dissent. Peace with justice and equality is dead peace. We need to think about it.”