- Research/Scholar Paper name – “DISSENT AND DEMOCRACY –THE INEXTRICABLE LINK”
- Author: Kaveti Vinisha
- Co-Author: Anisha Ainala
- Institution: University College of law, Osmania University
- Affiliation: Centre for Study of Contemporary Legal Issues
- Date of Publication: 17/08/2021
Mahatma Gandhi said – “Every man has the right to hold any opinion he chooses, and to give effect to it also, so long as he doesn’t use any physical violence against anybody”.
Dissent and democracy have always been linked, but in India, this relation has been suffocating in recent years. The indiscriminate application of legislations such as the Sedition and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) to muzzle dissenting voices has been a noticeable trend in our country.
The framework for comprehending the persistent war on dissent is explained in this article, which also aims to explore current dissent contestations on a national level. What impact do such contests have on Fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and expression, have been dealt in this article. The recent trend of cases that silenced dissent have been traced. It underlines the necessity of dissent in a democratic system and the need to protect it in order for the economy, social, cultural, and political systems to function smoothly.