BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has written a letter dated January 13, 2017 to the Ministry of Information and Broadcast asking for a removal of the name ‘Republic’ from Arnab Goswami’s much-talked about to-be-launched venture.
Interestingly, he posted the letter on his Twitter account today, a day before India celebrates its 68th Republic Day tomorrow.
In the letter, Swamy stated that the channel named “Republic” led by Goswami is in the process of being launched and that under the Emblems and Names (Prevention and Improper Use) Act 1950, certain names and emblems have been prohibited from being used for professional and commercial purposes.
‘As per the schedule accompanying the statute under item 6, there is an express prohibition from using the word “Republic”,’ he wrote in the letter. Swamy stated that under the law, granting of the use of the name “Republic” would hence be a direct breach of the Emblems and Names (Prevention and Improper Use) Act 1950. He asked the Ministry of Information and Broadcast to look into the matter and determine whether it is prohibited to issue a license under such a name.
Incidentally, there are several news channels and mainstream publications using the word ‘India’ a few popular ones being India TV News, The Times of India, NDTV India, India Today but no objection has ever been raised on these names despite having the country’s name as part of the title.
As for the word Republic, according to the dictionary it means ‘A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.’ The word seems innocuous enough, so how it breaches the law, in this case Emblems and Names (Prevention and Improper Use) Act 1950, is still unclear.