To Speak or Not To Speak! (Freedom of Speech)
FREEDOM OF SPEECH & EXPRESSIONS – I was a young teenager when I was introduced to the concept of Social sciences, the Civic system of our country & related topics. I must say, I was fascinated as well as highly interested in reading as much as I can about it. And the best part is, my father used to make us watch the daily news, discuss political & social topics with me and my brother regularly and it was compulsory for us to read newspapers & take part in debates and quizzes. That further developed my curiosity & knowledge on the subject.
The term “Freedom of speech” back then for me meant that I am free to speak whatever comes to my mind & express myself freely without worrying about consequences because the constitution of my country permits me to do so. As I started to grow, I started to regularly express my thoughts, views & opinions through the medium of public speaking, articles, poetries & stories. I was also open to and part of a few public & peaceful demonstrations, marches, and protests the cause of which spoke to me!
But time and again I see and read about people going way out of line while expressing their opinions, defaming others, and doing so even without running a basic fact check. And not just regular people like me, even politicians, journalists, and people in the field of law & order freely & regularly do so. Does the freedom of speech and expression mean that we can say anything that comes to our mind without doing a fact check and without considering the legal implications of the same?
The sad thing is a lot of us don’t even know what are the constitutional rights & legal implications are when it comes to these rights. Sharing what we feel about a particular matter, expressing our opinions is absolutely important & necessary, but making sure that one comes from the place of logic and not just pure emotions, and checking the facts before making a statement – it is always a good idea!
We can all have our opinions and views on that matter, but what do people in the field of legal practice have to say about this?
Think before you speak, and think more before you speak ill, and think even more when you are speaking ill on social media. – Aastik Dhingra,
Read about Freedom of Speech, the much talked about fundamental right in an article published in a leading website Manupatra by Aastik Dhingra, Advocate with his independent practice in India HERE – https://www.manupatrafast.com/Articles/Article.aspx?3cc0cf0e-937d-4574-8f0a-037f5c289c75
Do you agree with the views in the article? Or do you have a perspective that I should know about? Do let me know in the comments.
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