India has been independent now for sixty five years. I have always regarded the Emergency period 1975-77 as the worst in so far as suppression of civil liberties and freedom of expression were concerned.
But seeing what has happened to political cartoonist and anti-corruption crusader Aseem Trivedi, I have started wondering: Is today’s political set up worse even than the emergency? Aseem Trivedi has been arrested, and charged with sedition, an offence punishable with life imprisonment! Trivedi’s sin is that during the Anna movement he published some cartoons which Government regarded as offensive. Trivedi was arrested in Mumbai last week for cartoons he had drawn and displayed in November .