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JNU, says a group of artists and intellectuals, is a sign of “lurking danger”.

“We think it to be a well-planned conspiracy by anti-national forces and we believe that those raising such slogans are no less dangerous in their thinking than the terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar,” the appeal which has been endorsed by actors Anupam Kher and Paresh Rawal, journalist Swapan Dasgupta, former Lok Sabha Secretary General Subhash Kashyap, economist Bibek Debroy, lyricist and adman Prasoon Joshi, among others, said.

The intellectuals take on the issue of free speech, and ask:

“How can this be called freedom of expression when it questions the supreme judicial decision….”

I feel a mild attack of whataboutery coming on. If questioning the Supreme Court’s decision is wrong, how about “the tyranny of the unelected”? Not to forget that one of the most consistent critics of the SC’s Afzal Guru judgment is the PDP — the party the BJP has been wooing for a share of power in Kashmir.