Binayak Sen demands repeal of sedition laws

Rights activist Binayak Sen demanded repeal of sedition laws, saying they were being used to "suppress" the voice of the people.

Mumbai: Rights activist Binayak Sen on Monday demanded repeal of sedition laws, saying they were being used
to "suppress" the voice of the people.

"Sedition laws are not benefiting free people in free
polity and they should be repealed. The law is being used to
suppress the voice of the people," Sen, currently on bail
after being convicted on charges of sedition by a Chhattisgarh
court for his alleged links to Naxals, told reporters at the
Press Club here.

He said his organisation proposed to launch a campaign
against sedition laws.
Sen said the process of expropriation of resources to
private interests was increasing and it was against the
directive principles of state policy. "Any land acquisition
which hands over the resources to private interest is not
legitimate."

On public protests against Jaitapur nuclear power
plant, he said the people there do not want the project to
come up. "Democracy is not limited to elections, but it is
about governance by consensus. Democracy demands that people
be taken into confidence. In a Sovereign state, it is the
people who are sovereign."
Speaking about Salva Judum, the anti-Naxalite militia
movement, the activist said it was not a spontaneous movement
but a programme "funded by the Chhattisgarh government". He
said notwithstanding the state government`s claim in the
Supreme Court that they have ended Salva Judum, it was "still
in existence".

The apex court has on several occasions disapproved of
arming of locals, who are members of the Salva Judum, to take
on the Naxalites.

"I want an end to violence and it is possible only
when there is equality. Violence does not solve problems...
neither violence of state nor of the people against the
state."

PTI

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