The statement from 22 Nobel laureates calling for the release of Dr. Binayak Sen, the public-spirited doctor jailed by the government of Raman Singh in Chhatisgarh constites nothing less than a slap in the face, for the strident campaign of the BJP to control Indian society using the Police.
It is notable that the Nobel laureates, who include the popular economist Professor Kenneth Arrow and Dr. Harold Varmus, President of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, have not stopped with a call for Dr. Sen’s release. They have exposed the draconian nature of the anti-terror laws being used by some State governments in India, against the spirit of human rights conventions to which India, and therefore Dr. Manmohan Singh’s government is a signatory.
All libertarians around the world will join the Nobel laureates in demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Sen, and for the strictest scrutiny of fascist State governments who have been exploiting the diabolical intentions of our constitutional authorities to push through laws that cannot stand the test of democracy.
How such laws were approved by the highest constitutional authorities, and how they remain in force despite the withdrawal of the POTA is a case for the media to examine and report. Sadly, given their peripheral interest in general in Dr. Binayak Sen’s case, that is a remote prospect.