Freedom of speech in India

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we be led, like sheep to the slaughter” -George Washington

Article 19, Part III of Indian constitution envisions the Right to freedom of speech and expression. Since, the inception of the constitution, the scope of this freedom has been expanded by the Supreme Court. Recently, Section 66A of IT Act was scrapped to promote online freedom of speech. But, this freedom of speech is only utilized by few sections of the society.

Due to the emergence of social media around 30% of the total population are able to air their views. The remaining population is still looking for the mediums to raise their voice. So, the ultimate question is not whether freedom of expression is fair or unfair but to whom it is fair? Sedition laws and defamation suits are randomly filed against the citizens in many cases. For example there was a huge hue and cry against the arrest of a famous cartoonist and an editor. Also, minorities in India, both social and economic, were worried about the emergence of the fringe elements after Modi took over as Prime Minister. Fortunately all the worries were proved wrong.

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