Sanal Edamaruku posted a photo of a chilling ad from an Indian newspaper on his Facebook page, with a comment.
Freedom of thought and expression are guaranteed as fundamental rights in Indian Constitution. Promotion of critical inquiry, scientific temper and spirit of reform are fundamental duties.
Resist all attempts to take India back to medieval times. The picture given is an advertisement by Karnataka state government in a prominent Indian newspaper.
That’s a hell of a sweeping prohibition – note the “with a view to hurt religious sentiments knowingly or unknowingly.” Emphasis mine. Don’t do it on purpose and don’t do it by accident either! So the only way to be sure not to do it is just to…do nothing.
And if you do do it, on purpose or accidentally, the citizens are encouraged to call the cops on you.
And that’s why Sanal no longer lives in India.