Remembering Anwar, a victim of media lynching – Prof. Purushottam Agrawal writes in The Asian Age.

Prof. Purushottam Agrawal has written in the Asian Age on the hurry to act and its dangerous consequences.

“Everybody, including intellectuals, seems to be in a hurry “to act” on their chosen causes. The idea that calm reflection must precede any action — individual or collective — seems to have become quite old-fashioned. Even in the response of institutional structures to serious issues, one can discern a mob mentality under the garb of political correctness. The growing reach and power of the electronic media is contributing greatly not only to the creation, but also to the institutionalisation of such a mentality and needs to be balanced with a sense of responsibility and ethics.”

“Such laws are not empowering individual victims but rather “representatives” of identities which have a stake not only in perpetuation of conservative power structures, but also in creating an even more oppressive state machinery. The presumption of innocence till proved otherwise has been replaced by the presumption of guilt; instead of the state proving the accused guilty, the accused has to prove his/her innocence under a regime of so-called “progressive” and “empowering” laws.”

Read the full article here.

Prof. Purushottam Agrawal is a visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for Studies of Developing Societies. He was formerly member of UPSC. To know more about Prof. Purushottam Agrawal, visit his personal website.

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