Censorship and the Law

By Siddharth Narain, co-editors Joyoti Roy & Vikram Iyengar

"The idea of the police as theatre critics has a near Borgesian quality, bordering on the fantastic but real enough to be used extensively."

"The right to information, or the right to know is an intrinsic facet of the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution. An informed citizenry must have the means to receive news and information, and apart from this, to receive thoughts, perceptions and ideas. Those perceptions and viewpoints may not be in conformity with widely held social, economic and political beliefs. A diversity of viewpoint promotes an ability on the part of the society to exercise a right of choice, a right to decide and the right to form perceptions which lie at the core of the functioning of a democratic system. No society is static and a vibrant judicial interpretation of the right to life and personal liberty has been hallmark of constitutional jurisprudence in the last two decades or more. If popular perceptions, as perceived by the state, are to be an index of the freedom of those engaged in the fine arts, culture or literary activity, the work of the author and the artist would be reduced to little else but its husk.” 
- May 2000, Bombay High Court