The writer teaches political science at Janki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University.
It is a mistake to see free speech as an elite indulgence. It is a basic right that preconditions the realisation of other rights. So basic that it enables the weak and the oppressed to rise against their oppressors.
Who is the rightful owner of the potato variety, FL 2027? Is it the farmer who bought, planted, harvested the potatoes from his own farm, or is it the innovator who cross-bred and modified the potato to have a low moisture content for crispier chips?
Hindutva seeks to surmount the diversity of Hinduism
The demand is a call for upholding local practices of belonging
Move to criminalise cyber speech will add impunity to power
The political project of Hindutva is incompatible with a liberal polity
Preventive detention is being routinised as an instrument of state repression