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Prashant Bhushan

In: Mumbai Post 26/11: An Alternate Perspective

Chapter 15: Terrorism: Are Stronger Laws the Answer?*

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Terrorism: Are Stronger Laws the Answer?*
Terrorism: Are stronger laws the answer?

The terrorist attack on two five star hotels in Mumbai has led to a lot of jingoism and muscle-flexing in the media, and on the streets. ‘Enough is enough’, ‘we will not pay our taxes’ and ‘we must destroy terrorist training camps in Pakistan’ are the kind of cries that are heard most frequently. ‘Get tough on terror’ is the new mantra and among other things, getting tough means bringing tougher laws. The UPA government, which repealed POTA just four years ago because it was found to be draconian, misused and counterproductive, has now used the jingoism to enact a ‘tougher terror law’ in the form of amendments in the already draconian Unlawful Activities ...

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