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On the Brink

On the Brink The Transfer of Power 1942-7 : Vol X, The Mountbatten Vice- royalty: Formulation of a Plan 22 March-30 May 1947; Editor-in- Chief Nicholas Mansergh, Editor Penderel Moon; HMSO, London;

CIVIL LIBERTIES-Listening to Official Propaganda

Listening to Official Propaganda A G Noorani THE Madras High Court made an order on January 29 striking down a rule promulgated under the Tamil Nadu Cinematograph (Regulation) Act providing for compulsory exhibition of Tamil films for not less than 12 weeks in a year by all picture houses in the state. The rule had been promulgated on January 1,1979. On October 30, 1079 the Government of Tamil Nadu made an order empowering the Commissioner of Police in Madras and the District Collectors to grant or renew the licences of only those cinema houses who complied with the stipulation to screen Tamil films for 12 weeks in a year.

CIVIL LIBERTIES-Policemen Obeying Their Superiors

collected in open meetings of the villagers in the areas near to the proposed protected forests. The Government of Madhya Pradesh had laid down a good procedure for collection of information through open public meetings, in its order relating to the regularisation of encroachments on forest lands. (Madhya Pradesh Government Forest Department Order No. 5/18/78/10/2 Bhopal, October 24, 1978. Sec also S D Kulkami, "Encroachmerits on Forest Lands: The Experience in Maharashtra", EFW, November 19, 1979.) The procedure laid down in the bill appears to be far from satisfactory and will deprive all the people living near protected forests of all their customary claims, essential for their living. The same practice should be followed to ascertain people's rights over protected forests and village forest.

CIVIL LIBERTIES-Police and the Press

December 20. 1981 prices' but these are not as high as the prices that the state agriculture department has put to the Central Cotton Co-ordination Committee which decides the Centre's minimum support price. According to reports, Antulay has asked the Commerce Ministry to approve guaranteed prices for various varieties of Maharashtra cotton at Rs 50 plus per quintal over and above last years 'second revised price' rang- ing from Rs 445 to Rs 530.

CIVIL LIBERTIES-Policemen and Obscenity

December 12, 1981 cious of their powerful union leaders and the BOCL management The DC is under pressure to withdraw the cases; if he does, the incipient resistance to injustice will die out For, despite the blatant injustice of the case and despite the fact that the workers are all harijans and tribals

CIVIL LIBERTIES-Right to Passport

CIVIL LIBERTIES Right to Passport A G Noorani IT is scarcely surprising that the US Supreme Court should have ruled last month that the Government could validly revoke Philip Agee's passport on grounds of "national security" and "foreign policy". The decision is in line with the approach of the Burger Court. Besides, the earlier precedents in favour of the citizen rested on a very narrow basis. These cases, to be sure, will be cited in our courts as precedents Of persuasive value.

CIVIL LIBERTIES-Right to March in Procession

Right to March in Procession A G Noorani THE Jatindra Narain Commission's Report, published recently, on the Jamshedpur riots which erupted on April 11, 1979, on the occasion of the Ram Navami festival, raises some pertinent questions about the citizen's right to go in a procession over a public road. These very questions were raised in Justice D P Madon's Report on the Bhiwandi riots which broke out in May 1970 during the Shiv Jayanti festival. The central issue in both cases was the right of a group of citizens to go through a particular route despite the objection of another group and in an atmosphere surcharged with hostility between the two groups.

CIVIL LIBERTIES-Trade Union s Rights

September 28, 1981 18. Narayana Reddy is believed to have been killed by his farm-servant, and not by any 'extremist' The CPI(M) leader Jagannadham. who is president of the toddy tappers association, was in all probability a victim of the Congress (I)CPI (M) feud that has bedevilled Warangal during the last three years. Only two years ago, on August 14, 1929, an attempt had been made on the life of CBI(M) MLA Omkar in Mahbubabad town.

CIVIL LIBERTIES-Externing Political Opponents

Externing Political Opponents A G Noorani DEPORTATIONS or externments are becoming increasingly common these days. The vital question is

CIVIL LIBERTIES-A Guide to Prisoners Rights

CIVIL LIBERTIES A Guide to Prisoners' Rights A G Noorani THIS is a brief guide to the detenu or, for that matter, any prisoner about his rights in prison.

INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS-Realism on the Border

Realism on the Border A G Noorani A SETTLEMENT of the India-China border dispute is best pursued for its own sake, for the gains of an agreed border and the completion of the 'unfinished business' of demarcating India's northern frontiers. The gaps arc obvious and dangerous. For example, most of the work of demarcating the frontier with Burma is over bar the last stage which is contingent on a settlement with China. The Indo-Bur- mese Boundary Agreement of March 10, 1967 leaves "the exact location" of the northern extremity "provisional pending its final determination" because that is the trijunction of the borders of India, Burma and China. Sino-Indian accord is, therefore, indispensable for a complete Indo-Burma border accord. Likewise, the Sino-Nepalese border protocol, signed on November 20, 1979, leaves the two extremities undefined because they represnt the trijunction points where the two countries meet India

CIVIL LIBERTIES-The Power to Search

 CIVIL LIBERTIES The Power to Search A G Noorani WHETHER the raids on some business premises in Srinagar were politically motivated or not, as alleged by the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, is a matter entirely for the courts to decide on the facts of the case. But it is time that the entire law relating to search of premises in tax cases as well as under the ordinary criminal law is reviewed. The stark reality that will emerge from such a review is that the citizen enjoys little protection against abuse of power by the authorities.


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