Issue 4

1. Implications of Free Speech vis-à-vis Sedition in India

By Animesh Nagvanshi

From ICFAI University, Dehradun

The fundamental requirement of liberty is defined under Indian Constitution in Article 19(1)(a). Freedom of expression is sometimes referred to be the mother of all other freedoms since it has a prominent and significant place in the hierarchy of rights. Today, it is well known that freedom of expression is crucial to society and must always be maintained as such. The fundamental principle of a free society is the uninhibited interchange of ideas in a public setting. The development of any particular society and, ultimately, the state, depends on the unrestrained expression of ideas and opinions, especially without regard to the consequences. This is one of the most important fundamental freedoms that is shielded from government persecution or control. This paper covers all the aspects of freedom regarding speech under the Indian Constitution such as how the law came into existence under the Constitution, the essentials of the right, the scope of the freedom, reasonable restriction imposed on the right for better governance and enactment of sedition law to curtail the voice of the people. This article will try to inform the readers about the most significant rights available to them as their fundamental rights.