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Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA)Subscribe to Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA)

Lessons of Best Bakery Case

The Best Bakery case is another example, typical of cases of communal violence and killings, of shoddy and careless investigation with the sole motive to ensure the acquittal of the accused. In his judgment the fast track court judge has passed severe strictures on the quality of the investigation. Against this background there is a strong case for the other cases arising out of the Gujarat communal riots being tried outside Gujarat.

POTA: Freedom to Terrorise

In more than 19 months of its existence POTA has established itself as a piece of legislation that is meant to terrorise precisely those sections of the population that are vulnerable and are victims of gross injustices. Not surprisingly, the maximum numbers of those charged under POTA are landless or land-poor dalits and adivasis accused of being Naxalites, Kashmiris fighting against oppressive Indian rule or Muslims accused of working in tandem with Pakistan's ISI.

Anti-Terrorism Legislation

We need a wider perspective on our anti-terrorism laws which comparison with similar laws elsewhere alone can provide.

Calcutta Diary

Had our policy-makers played their cards well and not allowed themselves to be led astray by notions of imperial grandeur, we, instead of insignificant Norway, could have played the decisive role to bring the Sinhalese and the Tamils together in Sri Lanka. There would have been a rich pay-off from that success. Dreams, idle dreams.
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