Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thematic refrain is to use India’s alleged muscular response in Balakot for electoral gains. The reasons, including the attendant intelligence failure, for the tragic death of over 40 CRPF jawans at Pulwama can await electoral outcomes.
In other jurisdictions, too, investigations have been found wanting where criminal acts acquire a political flavour. Justice, in all its manifestations, is essential if the culture of democracy is to flourish. Unbiased investigations are essential to delivering justice to the victims of crime.
The curtailment of an individual writer or author's freedom of speech and expression should never be lightly viewed. Any person who feels that his good name is being tarnished is entitled to vindicate himself by filing for damages. But to gag the press is illogical.