ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Co-Operation in Protecting Liberty

Co-Operation in Protecting Liberty A G Noorani It would be well worth the while of Indian civil libertarians to draw on research undertaken elsewhere, especially by organisations such as Britain's National Council for Civil Liberties, now better known as Liberty INDIA'S civil liberties movement has had a chequered past. It barely existed in the days of British rule. Civil liberties were trampled upon. Protests were voiced. But a civil liberties movement as such was not very evident. There were some fine writings. A distinguished Calcutta barrister Akshaya K Chose published in 1921 a compilation of Indian statutes since 1780 along with British proclamations on liberty in India and the Great Charters in Britain. It had a stirring Introduction by an English barrister who practised in Madras and Calcutta and was a staunch supporter of Indian freedom, though he was prosecuting counsel in Aurobindo Ghose's trial. It is a pity that Eardley Norton is so little remembered today. The compilation was entitled Laws Affecting the Rights and Liberties of the Indian People and was published by Mohun Brothers in Calcutta. The price was Rs 7 and 8 annas.

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