May 23, 2007
Weighed in gold
Much talk of the freedom of expression, as perhaps you've noticed. A few quick questions, then:
Does freedom of expression extend to Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of the Dera Saccha Sauda in Punjab, who appeared in an advertisement dressed like a revered Sikh guru? Does freedom of expression extend to the Sikh jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh, who said this about Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh a few days ago -- Jo ohda sar kalm kar ke liaega ohnu sone, chandi nal tol diange? (Punjabi, translates as "Whoever brings his head will be weighed in gold and silver"). Would you say that perhaps some particular sections of the Indian Penal Code -- criminal intimidation, abetting a crime, etc -- should apply to the jathedar? (More about that in an upcoming longer piece). Or do we let him be, citing freedom of expression?