Trace the origin of Sedition law in India. Who were the targets of this law among India's freedom fighters? Discuss.

Hint:
Origin of sedition charges is from Wahabi Movement of 19th century. British also introduced the term “sedition” in the Indian Penal Code 1870 to outlaw speech that attempted to “excite disaffection towards the government established by law in India”.
The first known use of Sedition law was against Jogendra Chandra Bose, editor of “Bangobasi”, who was charged in 1891 for his criticism of the “Age of Consent Bill”, other renowned nationalists like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Annie Besant and Bal Gangadhar Tilak was also was also tried under sedition law.

Question for UPSC Mains:
Trace the origin of Sedition law in India. Who were the targets of this law among India’s freedom fighters? Discuss.

Published: February 4, 2016 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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