September 18, 2008CongressConstitutioncounter-terrorismhome affairsIndiainternal securitypoliticsSecurityUPA

Expensive mistakes on national security (2)

A flip after the flop

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

And just one day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared that his government has no fixed, inflexible or ideological view” with regard to anti-terrorism laws, and that it was actively considering strengthening the legal framework in line with global consensus”, his government has announced that it won’t be doing so after all.

No, No, No. It is a draconian (law) and against human rights. If the present anti-terror laws are implemented properly, there is no requirement for additional laws,” Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi said.

What do you mean by tougher anti-terror laws? Some of our laws are much more strong than those in the US and UK,” he shot back when asked whether the government was planning to bring in an anti-terror law similar to POTA. [TOI, emphasis added]So this what what Dr Singh meant by not having a fixed and inflexible view. Depending on time of the day, day of the week and member of his cabinet, you get very different views. (Psst. Note that it is Mr Dasmunshi and not the home minister who is announcing these cabinet decisions, in the company of the home secretary.)

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