Book Discussion on 'The Great Repression: The Story of Sedition in India' by Chitranshul Sinha

Book Discussion on 'The Great Repression: The Story of Sedition in India' by Chitranshul Sinha
Supriya Sharma, Shehla Rashid, Rebecca John, Arkaja Singh
Friday, 6 December 2019 Add to Calendar 2019-12-06 17:30:00 2019-12-06 19:30:00 Asia/Kolkata Book Discussion on 'The Great Repression: The Story of Sedition in India' by Chitranshul Sinha The Centre for Policy Research and Penguin invite you to a book discussion on  'The Great Repression: The Story of Sedition in India'  Author: Chitranshul Sinha, Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India Discussants: Supriya Sharma, Executive Editor, Scroll.in Shehla Rashid, Activist Rebecca John, Senior Advocate The discussion will be moderated by Arkaja Singh, Fellow, CPR About the Book  The Indian Penal Code was formulated in 1860, three years after the first Indian revolt for independence. It was the country's first-ever codification of offences and penalties. But it was only in 1870 that Section 124A was slipped into Chapter VI ('Of Offences against the State'), defining the offence of 'Sedition' in a statute for the first time in the history of common law. When India became independent in 1947, the Constituent Assembly expressed strong reservations against sedition as a restriction on free speech as it had been used as a weapon against freedom fighters, many of whom were a part of the Assembly. Nehru vocally opposed it. And yet, not only has Section 124A survived, it has been widely used against popular movements and individuals speaking up against the establishment. Where did this law come from? How did it evolve? And what place does it have in a mature democracy? Concise, incisive and thoughtful, The Great Repression by Chitranshul Sinha, an advocate on record of the Supreme Court of India, tells the story of this outdated colonial-era law. Please RSVP at psabarwal@penguinrandomhouse.in The seating at the venue can accommodate up to 60 people on a first come first serve basis. Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research, Dharam Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 110021
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research, Dharam Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 110021

The Centre for Policy Research and Penguin invite you to a book discussion on 

'The Great Repression: The Story of Sedition in India' 

Author:

Chitranshul SinhaAdvocate on Record, Supreme Court of India

Discussants:

Supriya SharmaExecutive Editor, Scroll.in
Shehla RashidActivist
Rebecca JohnSenior Advocate

The discussion will be moderated by Arkaja Singh, Fellow, CPR

About the Book 

The Indian Penal Code was formulated in 1860, three years after the first Indian revolt for independence. It was the country's first-ever codification of offences and penalties. But it was only in 1870 that Section 124A was slipped into Chapter VI ('Of Offences against the State'), defining the offence of 'Sedition' in a statute for the first time in the history of common law.

When India became independent in 1947, the Constituent Assembly expressed strong reservations against sedition as a restriction on free speech as it had been used as a weapon against freedom fighters, many of whom were a part of the Assembly. Nehru vocally opposed it. And yet, not only has Section 124A survived, it has been widely used against popular movements and individuals speaking up against the establishment.

Where did this law come from? How did it evolve? And what place does it have in a mature democracy? Concise, incisive and thoughtful, The Great Repression by Chitranshul Sinha, an advocate on record of the Supreme Court of India, tells the story of this outdated colonial-era law.

Please RSVP at psabarwal@penguinrandomhouse.in The seating at the venue can accommodate up to 60 people on a first come first serve basis.