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Literature from the Indian Context

Second Administrative Reforms Commission, Fifth Report On Public Order, (Government Of India, 2007)

The Report explores the possibility of reform for the principal agencies responsible for enforcing the rule of law and maintaining public order, in the context of the maintenance of public order and the rule of law being a key sovereign function of the State. It provides a general perspective of public order in India and discusses the role of each of the agencies responsible for the maintenance of public order.

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Kalyani Ramnath, Terror/Tranquillity: RomeshThapar And Its Precedents Speak On The Subject Of ‘Public Safety’ (Law And Its Publics: S. P. Sathe Memorial Panel LASSnet 2010)

This paper aims to explore the origins of a language of rights in the context of a newly inaugurated Constitution in India. Case law in the first years of the Constitution, exhibit a preoccupation with "public safety" and "maintenance of public order" at the same time that they talk of the freedom of speech and movement that the newly made citizens of the republic are to enjoy. Several terms enter the constitutional schema here -- "public order", "public safety" and "public tranquillity" -- and are placed in a definite hierarchy as judges attempt to resolve challenges on grounds of violations of Fundamental Rights. This paper is an attempt to provide a context to this method of scaling violence that is employed by the court.

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Chinmayi Arun, Freedom Of Expression Gagged, The Hindu BusinessLine (February 2013)

The author illustrates the seige on freedom of expression, explains Romesh Thapar and other precedents, and throws light on the concept of “heckler's veto”. 

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Chinmayi Arun, SMS Block as a threat to free speech, The Hindu BusinessLine (September 2012)

The author explains the SMS block in the context of the fundamental right to freedom of speech. She argues that the block does not satisfy the grounds for reasonable restrictions. 

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Prasad Krishna, Facebook, Google face censorship in India, Centre for Internet and Society (January 2012)

The article can be accessed from the Centre for Internet and Society website. 

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Samanth Subramaniam, From Tamil Film, a Landmark Case on Free Speech, New York Times India Ink (February 2012)

This article discusses the case of Rangarajan v. Jagjivan Ram in the context of the ban imposed on Salman Rushdie attending the Jaipur Literary Festival in January 2012.

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D.D. Basu, Commentary on the Constitution of India, 8thedn., pp. 2448–2461 (Wadhwa Nagpur, 2007).

The Commentary by D.D. Basu is one of the most authoritative Commentaries on the Indian Constitution.

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