New Delhi, Nov 25: Asking what it could do if people were "feeling so sensitive", the Delhi High Court Thursday dismissed a petition to stop the publication, circulation, and sale of Congress leader Salman Khurshid's book Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood In Our Times".
Justice Yashwant Varma, who was hearing a plea which claimed the book by the former Union minister impinges upon the faith of others , told the petitioner Vineet Jindal-- to ask people to not read the book instead.
Counsel for the petitioner contended that the book, in its chapter called 'The Saffron Sky', compared Hindutva to radical groups like ISIS and Boko Haram, which could harm public peace.
Ask people not to buy the book or read it. Tell people it is badly authored, (tell them to) read something better. People who are incensed should write their own chapter, responded the judge who noted that the entire book was not before the court.
Claiming that it was the duty of all persons to maintain peace, the lawyer added that the author was a public figure and there has already been an incident of violence concerning the book.
Not impressed with the submission, the judge remarked What can we do if people are feeling so sensitive? They can shut their eyes. Nobody has asked them to read it.
During the hearing, the lawyer submitted that freedom of speech was unfettered and that the government should see before giving licence for the publication.
The court dismissed the submission saying the government has not given any licence and a publisher does not need a license.
The lawyer claimed that every communal riot has come backing and argued that the objectionable parts should be removed from the book before its circulation.
The petitioner a lawyer had claimed that certain excerpts from the book were agitating the Hindu community while threatening the security, peace, and harmony of the nation.
So, in a country like India, which is perpetually on a communal tinderbox, where religious sentiments run deep, where respect for certain public and historical figures always come accompanied with veneration for their demi-god status, it doesn't take much for malice to be coated with a toxic communal hue based on the contents of the book, the petition stated.
On November 17, an additional civil judge here had refused to grant an ex-parte injunction on a lawsuit by Hindu Sena president Vishnu Gupta to stop the publication, circulation, and sale of the book for allegedly hurting sentiments of a large section of society.
While declining interim relief, the trial court had said the author and publisher had the right to write and publish the book.
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Bengaluru, Nov 30: Amid growing concerns over Omicron, the new variant of coronavirus, the Karnataka government on Tuesday said international travellers arriving in the state will have to mandatorily undergo RT-PCR test and be in seven days home quarantine.
Health Minister K Sudhakar said that about 2,500 international passengers arrive in the state every day and it is now mandatory for everyone to undergo RT-PCR testing.
"Mandatory RT-PCR test is being carried out for travelers from countries where the new virus is found. The Chief Minister has instructed us to test travelers from all countries," he said after meeting with the Technical Advisory Committee.
"About 2,500 passengers come to the state every day from various nations. Those who are negative will be home quarantined for seven days. Those who are symptomatic and negative will have to undergo testing at home on the fifth day. Those who are asymptomatic will be tested on the seventh day. If positive, they will be immediately hospitalized and treated separately," he said.
Noting that the Omicron variant has been found in 12 countries across the world, the Minister said all necessary precautionary measures are being taken to prevent it affecting people in the state.
"Considering our population and health infrastructure, we need to be more careful than other countries. Preparations for the health care services, including availability of beds, oxygen beds, deployment of doctors and personnel, supply of medicine were also discussed at the meeting," he said.
Sudhakar said those who have not got vaccinated should voluntarily come forward, get the shots and stay safe.
Suggestions on vaccine drive and measures to increase the numbers were discussed at the meeting, he said, adding that 41 lakh people are slated to get the second dose of Covid vaccine and efforts will be made to reach out to them.
"At the meeting, ways to effectively deal with the Omicron virus, how to control it and what preparations are to be taken in hospitals and medical colleges were also discussed," he said. Using technology such as Quarantine App, Tele Medicine are also being considered and a panel of 10 experts has been set up to formulate separate guidelines for treatment, Sudhakar said.
According to a release from the Minister's office, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will write a letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to impose restrictions on travelers from specific countries where Omicron infections have been reported.