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Considering the fact that Internet broadband and mobile Internet services have become an integral part of the life of the people, Do you agree that it is time to recognize that the right to access the Internet which is indeed a fundamental right within our constitutional guarantees? Analyse.

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2. Considering the fact that Internet broadband and mobile Internet services have become an integral part of the life of the people, Do you agree that it is time to recognize that the right to access the Internet which is indeed a fundamental right within our constitutional guarantees? Analyse. (250 words)

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 Why this question:

The article debates upon the need to recognize right to internet as the fundamental right.

Key demand of the question:

Discuss the importance of Internet and access to it as equivalent to right to life and right to equality thus qualifying it as an integral fundamental right.

Directive:

Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Internet broadband and mobile Internet services are a lifeline to people in India from all walks of life.

Body:

Discuss the significance of Internet in today’s world – People working in the technology-based gig economy — like the thousands of delivery workers for Swiggy, Dunzo and Amazon and the cab drivers of Uber and Ola — depend on the Internet for their livelihoods. It is a mode of access to education for students who do courses and take exams online. Access to the Internet is important to facilitate the promotion and enjoyment of the right to education.

Present a discussion of how right to access to the Internet can be rooted in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Highlight the need to back internet access as right to life.

Discuss concerns if any and suggest way ahead.

Conclusion:

Conclude by reasserting significance of right to internet as a fundamental right.