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No legal action against Arundhati: HM
New Delhi, Nov 1 (PTI/Agencies):
Published on 2 Nov. 2010 12:55 AM IST
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Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said Delhi Police not filing a case against noted writer Arundhati Roy for her alleged seditious speech recently was in accordance with the letter and spirit of law. “Not taking action is also an action,” he shot back when a journalist asked him why the government was not acting against her for her Azaadi (independence) remarks made at a convention on Kashmir here recently.
“Section 124(A) of the IPC (related to sedition) is for deterrence and punishment. The spirit of the law and true interpretation of law is that unless there is direct incitement to violence, the state must show tolerance and forbearance. “Delhi Police is acting in accordance with the letter and spirit of the law,” he said.
To a question about a demonstration outside the writer’s residence by BJP women cell activists, the Minister said, “I don’t think there was any attack on her residence. If there is specific request, we will provide her security.” BJP has been demanding registration of police case against her and Hurriyat hardliner leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for their speeches in the convention on Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Monday said Centre’s three interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir have been able to change the “discourse” in the State, but asked the media to refrain from expecting a “ball-by-ball commentary” about the progress made in their dialogue.
Presenting his ministry’s report for October, Mr. Chidambaram told reporters that after the recent visit of the All Party Delegation to the State, “There is a sense of expectation that the political problem of Jammu and Kashmir will be addressed in all seriousness.”
He said the interlocutors have, to some extent, changed the discourse in the state and “I sincerely hope that the people in the state will give peace a chance and give dialogue a chance.”
However, there was a quick word of caution from the Home Minister when he was asked about the claims made by one of the interlocutors about submission of a peace plan by a terrorist.
“I think media should not ask and interlocutors should not give a ball-by-ball commentary about their dialogue. This is interlocution. This is not a cricket match,” he said. When it was noted that the statement was made by one of the interlocutors during a TV show, he said “that is because you ask questions.”
On criticism from BJP of remarks made by interlocutors, he said if the party wants the dialogue process to succeed, it “should show restraint and not make these completely baseless allegations. They should give the dialogue process a chance to succeed.” Noting that the situation in the Valley was gradually getting back to normal, Mr. Chidambaram, who returned from the State last evening, however, added that it is “too early” to say that everything is normal there.
BJP activists attack Arundhati Roy’s house
A large group of BJP Mahila Morcha activists protesting Arundhati Roy’s recent remarks on Kashmir broke into the compound of the writer’s residence here on Sunday.
The mob assembled outside Ms. Roy’s house in the high-security diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri around 11 a.m. and shouted slogans against her for more than half an hour. “Curiously, three news channel vans were stationed outside our house even before the protest began…the mob was abusive and broke through the front gate of the house,” Ms. Roy’s husband, Pradip Krishen, said.
Roy was not in the house at the time of the attack. In a statement, she said the mob numbered as many as a hundred persons. The activists broke a few flower pots kept outside the house and dispersed before the arrival of the police. They were prevented from entering the house by the guard and servants.
Krishen later lodged a complaint at the Chanakyapuri police station, following which police personnel were deployed outside the residence.
He said this was the second such attack at their Kautilya Marg residence since June 2010, when some men on motorbikes pelted stones and smashed some windows.
Attack on Arundhati house condemned
Social activists’ group Sahmat (Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust) Monday condemned an “attack” on author Arundhati Roy’s residence by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) women wing.
The group, which has among its members social activists like Romila Thapar, K.M. Shrimali, D.N. Jha, K.N. Panikkar, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, M.K. Raina, Iqtidar Alam Khan, Shireen Moosvi and Irfan Habib, in an official statement alleged that some news channels had prior intimation on the incident.

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