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FREEDOM OF SPEECH UNDER ATTACK

 
 
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FREEDOM OF SPEECH UNDER ATTACK
by System Administrator - Saturday, 30 May 2015, 8:17 PM
 

By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru :Freedom of speech is dear to every body. In Chennai reportedly The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) on Saturday staged a protest against the ban of a student's group outside the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras campus. The protesters chanted slogans before being detained by the police.The agitating members raised slogans against the Modi-led Union government and HRD minister Smriti Irani even as they were whisked away by the policemen.They also had a heated exchange of words with the police and raised slogans against the management of IIT-M and sought action against it for derecognizing Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle recently. A DYFI volunteer said the "agenda of RSS" will not be allowed in Tamil Nadu.

 

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit out at the Narendra Modi-led NDA government and asked what will be it's next move after banning the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT) students from reportedly criticising the Prime Minister. He further wrote: "Free speech is our right. We will fight any attempt to crush dissent and debate.”

According to flood of reports poring in social media and other resources ,IIT Madras finds itself in controversy as it banned a student body reportedly for criticizing PM Narendra Modi. A senior official said that the students had "violated”  defined guidelines of IIT-Madras. According to the acting director, student bodies can't use the name of IIT Madras in any capacity to publicize their activities without official permission. And hence the students group have violated the guidelines while conducting the meeting. The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, has so far refused to react on the issue. The action took social media by storm with comments pouring in.  "Politics need young ppl today. Please dont ban future of india. - IIT Madras,” said one tweet. Markande Katju too tweeted saying the ban was unconstitutional. . The institute's response comes in the wake of reports that the student group 'Ambedkar Periyar Students Circle' (APSC) was "derecognised” following an allegation that it was instigating hatred against the PM.In a statement issued by its spokesperson, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) said that there were several student's organizations on the campus."Some of these organizations represent the entire student body, elected and run by the students themselves."Some of the student groups are formed based on the interests of students. Student groups desiring to use the institute's resources are required to be recognized and they are to follow guidelines prescribed by the Board of Students which consists of all the elected student representatives," it said.The statement was issued after reports said that the institute had taken action against Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) - a students' study group - over an anonymous complaint to the centre saying that that it was trying to "create hatred atmosphere" among students by distributing "controversial pamphlets and posters" on the campus.The statement said that while IIT Madras does not curtail freedom of expression of the students, it is expected that student groups adhere to these guidelines while conducting their activities."As per the guidelines in force, the student bodies are not allowed to use the institute's name (IIT Madras) or any of its official entities in any capacity to publicize their activities or garner support, without official approval," it said. It also said that this group has violated these guidelines while conducting their meeting."Normally, violation of these guidelines leads to temporary derecognition pending their presenting their stand to the board of students. In the present case also, the same procedure is being followed," the statement said.

 

During the British rule in India, many Indians expressed themselves openly against the tyranny of alien rule and fought for the Independence of the country. Freedom fighters were put behind bars, made to sleep on ice slabs or broken pieces of glass and forced to do manual labour. Lala Lajpat Rai, the Lion of Punjab, died in a police lathi-charge while demonstrating against the Simon Commission. Hundreds of Indians lost their lives at Jalianwala Bagh, as a result of brutal and indiscriminate police firing while expressing their views in public.

It cannot be an unbridled expression. It has to be subject to such reasonable restrictions as the society may deem fit in the larger