[Reader-list] Attack on Indian Parliament
abirbazaz at rediffmail.com
Thu Dec 13 22:51:31 IST 2001
Articles 3(8) and 14 of the "antiterrorist" bill specify that every person, particularly journalists, must transmit full information concerning "terrorist activities" to the authorities or risk imprisonment.
On Thu, 13 Dec 2001 Boud wrote :
> Words: It seems to me that the international mainstream
> have suddenly discovered that India is the world's
> largest democracy:
> Why? In order to claim that an attack on the symbol of
> justifies replacing the democracy by authoritarianism?
> They don't seem to have noticed that this world's
> largest democracy
> is about to introduce draconian legislation undermining
> the human rights
> requirements for a democracy to be worth its name.
> How "ironical".
> In the Reuters article:
> > No ministers or legislators were hurt in the
> > attack, which began about 11:45 a.m. (1:15 a.m.
> > EDT), soon after both houses of parliament
> > adjourned.
> It was very considerate (to parliamentarians, not to
> officers) of the attackers to choose a time when
> parliament had
> adjourned. I guess they didn't want to risk killing any
> members of
> parliament. Hmmm...
> Is this a burning of the Reichstag? It would be natural
> to minimise
> the risks if B.J. Moonje's friends' tactic was
> repeated... (Wasn't
> B.J. Moonje the RSS fellow who visited Mussolini and
> said that fascism
> was great?)
> Maybe some history reminders are needed.
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