01 January 2011

Binayak Sen

Binayak Sen is an Indian physician and human rights activist. After prolonged incarceration and legal proceedings, an Indian court has sentenced Sen to life imprisonment for sedition. The court made its decision under special security laws. Sen's lawyers plan to appeal the decision. You can read a brief report here in The New York Times; there is an older interview with Sen from Democracy Now! here. We rightly hear lots of outrage when this or that authoritarian regime seeks to silence dissent. It will be interesting to gauge the response to this decision in 'the world's largest democracy.'

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