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Greenpeace's Priya Pillai on why she rejects government's gag order

Priya Pillai
Priya PillaiFeb 19, 2015 | 11:23

Greenpeace's Priya Pillai on why she rejects government's gag order

I will not accept any such gag offer. I was exercising my fundamental right and this is not just about me but the right of every citizen of the country.

If I accept that the government has a right to dictate what I can and can’t say, then India and all Indians would lose something priceless – our absolute right to free speech. I cannot and will not accept that.

The government’s so-called case against me is dangerous and dishonest. It says that by informing British MPs about a British-registered company’s activities in Singrauli I am somehow acting against India’s national interest. But our laws, Indian laws, are being flouted in Mahan, to the detriment of thousands of Indians, all to benefit a coal mining project. How is raising awareness of this anti-national? I am a proud Indian, and I will not be silenced.

Last updated: February 19, 2015 | 11:23
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