Volume 17 Number 12                                                                       17th Year of Publication                                                                            December 12, 2017


SC wants Parliament, EC to bar
convicts from political bodies                                                      
Yatindra Bhatnagar

A recent Supreme Court view that it cannot prevent a convicted person of exercising his or her right to freedom of speech, and not debar that person from holding office, or float a political party or even head the organization is something disturbing.

It happened in India, not the United States.

While siding with ‘freedom of speech’ the highest court said that the matter is for the Election Commission of India to decide. Fine.

One would accept that the matter is basically for the Election Commission but the Supreme Court’s views about ‘freedom of speech’ might sound disturbing. The American Supreme Court in 1989 and then 1990 had ruled that burning of the National Flag, disrespecting it, stomping on it and abusing it any manner is Free Speech.

Random Recollection 

Shashi Kapoor RIP

Yatindra Bhatnagar

As we were finalizing this edition, the sad news of one of India’s finest movie stars, Shashi Kapoor’s passing away made us very sad. Memories came back to me, especially of my meeting with Shashi on a flight from Delhi to Bombay in 1978 when he boarded from Bhopal and by chance, had a seat next to me.

We talked just like a fan and a star for almost the entire duration of the flight, nearly an hour. He told me about his trip to Bhopal for getting entertainment exemption for his new film Junoon (Obsession) pertaining to the period of 1857 when Indians fought against the British for their freedom. He told me the story (I had not seen the film.)

Junoon was produced by Shashi; his whole family (wife Jennifer, and their three children, Sanjana, Kunal and Karan) was featured in the movie. Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi were the other main actors. It was directed by Shyam Benegal, one of the best directors in India.

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