India Needs Singapore-Style Laws to Deal with Modi’s Lies

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India needs Singapore-style defamation laws. In Singapore, anyone who makes wild allegations with no proof is finished.

Freedom of expression does not mean you can fling abuses at will and hope to come out of it unscathed. It may work in India because religious prejudices run high amid tall claims from all parties about secular democracy.

Sadly, people like late Jeyaretnam were bankrupted in Singapore though their statements were nowhere near the kind of vulgar lies Indian Prime Minister Modi is spreading against some of his martyred predecessors.

India and Singapore represent two extremes. I am not for either. Yet, Singapore is miles ahead as its leaders do not spout nonsense, neither are they pathological liars.

Indians must be ashamed of standing behind such a cheapskate PM.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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