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    "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.
  • #646851
    Wow it is indeed great that courts are stepping up to make us known that we have the right to dissent voice and that is the essence of democratic process. Yes I am also agreeing with it. The dissent voice may be through open criticism, through writing in the press or participating in the discussion platform of a news channel. But among the most powerful dissent method is participating in the total shut down or the bandh call, joining in the rally and raising voice against the government and finally burning the effigy of a person or a organization resorting to anti people activities.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #646859
    Dissent is definitely the safety valve of democracy. There is absolutely no doubt about it. But sedition and waging war against the country are not part of democracy. It is also equally true.
    "If you are killed in action, you go to Heaven. If you win, you rule this Earth (as beautiful as Heaven). That is why, O son of Kunti, take a firm resolve and fight!"-- Shrimad Bhagwad Gita

  • #646861
    Dissent is required in a democratic country. No second thought about that. At the same time for some selfish mottos if we don't allow the government to function in the name of dissent it is more dangerous. Democratic country should be democratic to all but not to one section or one part.
    always confident

  • #646873
    True. Dissent is the safety valve to democracy. But it should not cause any damage to the democracy itself. The safety valve should function like an alarm ensuring that the property of democracy is not affected at all.
    No life without Sun

  • #646891
    If lesser mortals like A B or C are arrested, the hearing takes place in Magistrate's court. But, if those allegedly having links with Naxalites are arrested, the hearing takes directly in the Supreme Court.

    Thousands of persons are arrested every day in the country. These arrested persons are produced before the Magistrate's court or trial court (if it is a case before a Special Judge). Such Magistrate would examine in detail the grounds for the arrest, and will either grant bail or allow further custody of the accused depending on the merits of the case. If the accused is not satisfied with the order of the Magistrate, he can challenge the order before the Sessions Court, High Court or even the Supreme Court, in that sequence. There is even a provision for obtaining anticipatory bail (pre-arrest bail), but that too can be obtained from the Sessions Court and/or High Court and there is an appeal procedure here too. So, an elaborate procedure has been laid down in the criminal laws of the country to take care of the rights of the person arrested. These procedures are only for lesser mortals like A, B or C. These procedures are not meant for VVIPs.

    Further, does anybody want to know the names of the top ten legal practitioners in Delhi? He/She doesn't need to google. Just note the battery of lawyers representing these five Naxalite VVIPs. But don't ask about the expenditure.

    This is also a dissent by a common man. And dissent is also a safety valve....

    "If you are killed in action, you go to Heaven. If you win, you rule this Earth (as beautiful as Heaven). That is why, O son of Kunti, take a firm resolve and fight!"-- Shrimad Bhagwad Gita

  • #646922
    It is obvious that the learned judge has based his observations on the material in the form of evidence. The case seems to be very interesting and we should wait for the verdict, based on all evidence. If the Government is seen as silencing dissent, that is not at all healthy for democracy to function.

    It will be a great disservice to the nation if the people have indeed plotted against the Government or the leaders. Let us wait for a few more days to know the position.

  • #646959
    @646891: The Supreme Court heard the petition on the "Writ petition in public interest seeking the immediate release of activists raided and arrested in complete violation of their fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India." It is not a hearing on their alleged links with the Naxalites as described in the above response. Twisting the facts is not good.
    " Be Good and Do Good "

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