FREEDOM

  • Arun Jaitley extends wishes on World Press Freedom Day 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Extending his wishes on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday called on all to rededicate themselves to upholding the constitutional principles of independent, free and pluralistic media. In a post on Facebook, Jaitley said that in 1993 the UN General...
  • Experts discuss marital rape in India 5 days ago

    India is split down the middle and the Union Home Ministry is under fire for its remark that the concept of marital rape cannot be applied in India as marriage is treated sacred in the country. ...
  • Is India ready to treat marital rape as a crime? 5 days ago

    India is split down the middle and the Union Home Ministry is under fire for its remark that the concept of marital rape cannot be applied in India as marriage is treated sacred in the country. ...
  • US panel religious freedom report slams Modi regime for religious intolerance, India fumes 5 days ago

    Washington: India on Thursday strongly reacted to a report by a US Congress-established panel claiming that minorities in the country have been subjected to "violent attacks" and "forced conversions" after the Narendra Modi government assumed power in 2014, saying it does not take cognizance of such reports. External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas...
  • Centre says marital rape not a crime as marriage is sacrosanct in India, activists cry foul 6 days ago

    New Delhi: India is split down the middle and the Union Home Ministry is under fire for its remark that the concept of marital rape cannot be applied in India as marriage is treated sacred in the country. Upping the ante against marital rape, DMK MP Kanimozhi said that it...
  • Timeline: The net neutrality debate in India April 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The idea of net neutrality or free and equal Internet to all has garnered wide attention from across the globe. While countries like the US, Chile, Netherlands and Brazil have already adopted Net Neutrality that doesn't allow discrimination of Internet content or charge users differently based on the...
  • School yoga does not violate religious freedom: US court April 4, 2015

    Los Angeles: A US court has ruled that Yoga classes in an elementary school do not endorse Hinduism or violate students' right to religious freedom and are "devoid of any religious, mystical, or spiritual trappings". A three-member appeals San Diego court in California gave its unanimous ruling on Friday on a...
  • 'Un-Freedom' should not be banned: Adil Hussain April 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Actor Adil Hussain, whose film 'Un-Freedom' failed to get a certificate for release in India, said banning the same sex love story was "baseless". 'Un-Freedom', directed by Florida-based director Raj Amit Kumar, is a thriller that chronicles a lesbian love story set in New York and New Delhi....
  • Film on homosexuality 'Un-Freedom' banned in India March 31, 2015

    New Delhi: Florida-based director Raj Amit Kumar's debut film "Un-Freedom", starring Adil Hussain and Victor Banerjee in key roles espousing homosexuality, has been banned in India. The 36-year-old director is the latest who has hit out at the certification process in recent times. Disappointed, at being unable to get the required...
  • Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna March 30, 2015

    New Delhi: Freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya was posthumously awarded India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna on Monday. A multifaceted personality, Madan Mohan Malviya was an educationist who founded the Banaras Hindu University and became one of the torchbearers of the freedom struggle acting as a bridge between the...
  • Freedom of expression at risk: Who walk like Kings should know what kingship means March 25, 2015

    (Gopalkrishna Gandhi is grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He is a retired bureaucrat, diplomat and a former Governor. He delivered the first BG Verghese memorial lecture) It is a great honour to be asked to give the lecture that stands in the memory of BG Verghese. I am delighted to offer...
  • Victory for free speech: Bollywood rejoices after scraping of 66A March 25, 2015

    Mumbai: After the Supreme Court struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act on Tuesday, many well known faces from Bollywood, including Gul Panag, Ayushmann Khurana, Konkana Sensharma, and Shekhar Kapur, welcomed the verdict. The court held that Section 66A violated Article 19(1)(a) of the constitution that guaranteed freedom...
  • Kapil Sibal welcomes Supreme Court's judgement on Section 66A March 25, 2015

    The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the validity of the controversial Section 66A of the IT Act. The section had given police powers to arrest anyone for sending offensive messages from mobiles and computers with up to 3 years in jail. former Union minister Kapil Sibal said, "Section 66A...
  • Here is what Supreme Court said while striking down Section 66A of IT Act March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act. The apex court called the section unconstitutional and untenable adding that it affects the Freedom of Speech and Expression. Here are the major observations made by the Supreme Court: 1. The ...
  • What is Section 66A? March 24, 2015

    Full text of the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000:Punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.66A. Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,-(a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or(b) any information which he...
  • After Markandey Katju, Sadhvi Prachi calls Mahatma Gandhi a 'British agent' March 18, 2015

    Ghaziabad: Controversial Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sadhvi Prachi on Wednesday sparked another controversy as she alleged that Mahatma Gandhi was a "British agent" and his contribution towards independence of the country was "negligible", days after former Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju levelled same allegation. "It was only due to...
  • Suresh Prabhu recounts Mahatma Gandhi's famous train journey in his Rail Budget speech February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu began his Budget speech by recounting Mahatma Gandhi's famous train journey before he joined the freedom struggle. He said, "Bapu took a train voyage before starting the freedom movement." Prabhu said Gandhiji discovered India by travelling in third class which no longer exist. To celebrate 100th...
  • Watch: TVF's Arnub decides to tackle the much discussed topic that is 'Freedom of Speech' February 18, 2015

    It is always a lot of fun watching TVF's Arnub interview people in the trademark loud voice and mannerisms. And this episode of was particularly insightful. 'Freedom of Speech' has probably been the most discussed topic this year, so far and we still haven't managed to come to a conclusion...
  • Farhan Akhtar to perform at the Sounds of Freedom concert February 13, 2015

    Noida: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar will enthrall music lovers at the Sounds of Freedom (SOF) concert here March 3. SOF is a concert produced by Teamwork Arts - a highly versatile entertainment company, with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. The concert is a celebration of the freedom...
  • Madras HC asks Perumal Murugan to explain his changed stance January 20, 2015

    Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday said that it will issue a notice to writer Perumal Murugan so that he could narrate the sequence of events following which he changed his stance. The first bench comprising Chief Justice Kaul and justice Sundaresh expressed large concern in extra judicial groups...
  • Former president of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa to step down as party boss January 15, 2015

    Colombo: Beleaguered former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to hand over Sri Lanka Freedom Party's reins to the country's new leader Maithripala Sirisena, bowing to the demand of party members after his shock election defeat. Sirisena was the general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) but was expelled...
  • Who is Maithripala Sirisena, the giant slayer of Sri Lanka January 9, 2015

    Colombo: The newly elected President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena is being hailed as a giant slayer. He has achieved something impossible. He ended the rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa in a hotly contested, never seen before Presidential election in the history of island nation. Sirisena, a staunch Buddhist hails from...
  • U2's Bono says he may never play guitar again January 3, 2015

    New York: Bono, the frontman of the Irish rock group U2 who was injured in a cycling accident last year, said on Friday his recovery has not been easy and he may never play guitar again. In a blog on the group's website, the 54-year-old rocker said he broke his hand,...
  • Digvijay Singh pitches for 'Freedom of religion Act' December 28, 2014

    Bhopal: Amid voices advocating for a stringent anti-conversion law in the country, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday said instead of anti- conversion law, India needs a 'Freedom of Religion act'. "Instead of anti-conversion law we need 'freedom of religion act'," Singh told reporters in an informal chat. His statement comes...
  • Madan Mohan Malviya contributed to the development of India, say Benares Hindu university students December 25, 2014

    Benares Hindu university founder and Hindu Mahasabha leader Madan Mohan Malviya was also awarded the Bharat Ratna. His family says successive congress governments ignored the late freedom fighter. ...
  • Pakistan, China among top 10 worst countries for Internet freedom December 7, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan is among the 10 worst countries along with Iran and China on the index of internet freedom, according to a global survey released today. Freedom House released its 'Freedom on the Internet 2014' report, which surveyed 65 countries and listed the index on obstacles to internet access, limits placed...
  • Online freedom declines in growing number of countries but India's position improves December 5, 2014

    Washington: Internet freedom suffered this year as a growing number of countries stepped up efforts to spy on users and censor online postings, a global survey showed Thursday. The report by the non-government watchdog group Freedom House said online freedom declined in 36 of 65 countries surveyed. In some cases, governments use...
  • Key Rajapaksa ally quits Lanka's ruling coalition November 18, 2014

    Colombo: In a blow to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a key ally pulled out of the ruling coalition on Monday in protest against his refusal to give up virtually unlimited powers, a day before he was likely to announce snap presidential polls. Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) or National Heritage Party...
  • Tehri lake to be renamed after freedom fighter Shri Dev Suman October 10, 2014

    Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat announced to rename the Tehri lake after famous freedom fighter from the state, Shri Dev Suman, and tourism projects located close to it after the villages that submerged in the Tehri dam. Making the announcement at the concluding ceremony of the two-day Tehri Adventure...
  • PM Modi pays tribute to Shyamji Krishna Varma on his 157th birth anniversary October 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tributes to freedom fighter Shyamji Krishna Varma on his 157th birth anniversary, urging people to visit his memorial. "On his birth anniversary, I bow to Shyamji Krishna Varma. A devout patriot, he inspired several nationalists, both in India and overseas," the prime...