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Publish and Be Damned : Censorship and Intolerance in India

Rajeev Dhavan

Published by Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2008
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Contents Preface. 1. Publish and be damned. 2. Information and Democracy in India You know I know you know I know you know. 3. Contempt of court and the press. 4. Private lives and public reputations career and prospects of the law of defamation in India. 5. Censorship and intolerance in India. 6. Harassing Husain uses and abuses of the law of hate speech. 7. Hate speech revisited the Toon controversy. 8. Arguments protests strikes and free speech the career and prospects of the right to strike in India. 9. The endgame of censorship the world of humpty dumpy. The essays collected in this volume explore the relationship between political and social censorship and more significantly the rise of an insidious communal censorship that seeks to divide civil society and intimidate all those who value the gift of self expression. They show how the forces of censorship in our society use lumpen power to threaten this gift of free speech as they burn books silence dissent destroy works of art and intimidate the artist researcher writer film maker actor and free thinker. The author reflects on how free speech in India has been compromised by state censorship through slap suits in court and on issues of official secrecy contempt of court and censorship by intolerance in civil society and government. More specifically he examines the uses and abuses of the law the case of harassing Husain the Danish Toon controversy and the right to strike. The author argues unrepentantly that free speech has to be preserved in the overcrowded spaces of the media on the streets and in the open spaces of our mind against the onslaught of corporatism doubtful governance and invidious divisiveness. Freedom of the mind and the right to self expression and argument can only survive if intolerance is met with tolerance and tolerance is not seen as weakness. 312 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 73646

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Title: Publish and Be Damned : Censorship and ...

Publisher: Tulika Books, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition: As New

Edition: New

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