- Published on 26 November 2010
- Written by Super User
Press Club. Mahanagarpalika Marg
Saturday, November 27 · 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Speakers: Gautam Navlakha (PUDR) and Sujato Bhadro (APDR).
When India adopted its republican constitution in January 1950, it also enacted the Preventive Detention Act 1950; Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958, Maintenance of Internal Security (MISA) 1971; National Security Act (NSA) 1980; Terrorist and Disruptive Practices Act (TADA) 1985; Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act (POTA) 2002, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967 and other state statutes interspersed with numerous special ordinances in between. These laws are used routinely to arrest striking workers, political opponents, the poor, and other sections of the population for demanding justice.
In May 2004, the Congress party led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, replaced the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The repeal of POTA figured prominently in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the UPA. While taking note of the gross misuse of POTA, the CMP simultaneously affirmed that the UPA government would not ‘compromise in its fight against terrorism’, by resolving to strengthen existing laws to counter terrorism. Which is precisely what it did in September 2004, when the President promulgated two Ordinances both of which were approved by the Parliament - one by repealing POTA a month before it was to come up for legislative review, and the other by amending the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, (UAPA).
UAPA, along with other undemocratic laws, which have been operational in parts of India viz., the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), the Disturbed Areas Acts, the Public Safety Act and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the Chhattisgarh Special Security Act, among others, has enormous implications for the rights and lives of people. It is important to campaign against all such repressive laws when they are used by the state to crush the right to dissent.
Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR), Mumbai is organizing a seminar on Saturday, 27th November, 2010 at Press Club, Mahanagarpalika Marg, Mumbai from 3.00 p.m. till 6.00 p.m.
Please do attend.
P A Sebastian,
President, CPDR, Mumbai