"Dissent is the safety valve of democracy."This is the observation of Justice Chandrachud while hearing the case against the five civil activists arrested yesterday by the police of Maharashtra State Government. A writ petition was filed in Supreme Court by Romila Thapar, Devaki Jain, Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Deshpande and Maja Daruwala. They stated that it is an "exercise to silence dissent, stop people from helping the downtrodden and marginalized people across the nation and to instill fear in minds of people".
Democracy thrives when the dissenting voices are heard by the people in power. When the dissenting voices are throttled, they will burst after some time like a cooker under heavy pressure. The people in power sometimes get blinded and emboldened to disregard the public opinion and try to silence those who are critical of the government. A very apt observation by Justice Chandrachud. The people should always be bold enough to question the government when they feel they are neglected.