Re-examine Colonial-Era Laws, says Amartya Sen


Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, who spoke at a lecture organized by the Editors’ Guild of India said, “The penal codes legislated by the imperial rulers still govern important parts of our life. Of these, Section 377 of the code, which criminalises gay sex, is perhaps the most talked about, but happily a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court is re-examining it.”

“India is being turned intolerant”. It’s despite what might be expected. We have been much too ‘tolerant with the intolerance’.

He said, ‘Unfreedom” is no longer imposed on us by our colonial masters. Have these unfreedoms truly finished?”

Sen called to examine the colonial era laws which, according to him, served the colonial objective of reinforce divisions, but perhaps had no place in democracy. Indians have to work hard to preserve the tradition of tolerance and plurality.


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