Protest and the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

Lawrence Liang, Siddharth Narrain

Abstract


Arrest of students in Jawaharlal Nehru University and resultant police intervention has kindled a debate on the legal and constitutional dimensions of the right to protest and freedom of expression. It is clear that freedom of speech and expression within the Indian legal tradition includes within its ambit any form of criticism, dissent and protest. It cannot be held hostage to narrow ideas of what constitutes “anti national” speech.

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