Topic: Fundamental Rights
2. Account for the significance of the right to protest in a democracy. (250 words)
Reference: Indian polity by Lakshmikant
Why the question:
The question is from the static portions of GS paper II , part Indian polity- fundamental rights.
Key Demand of the question:
The question is based on the theme of Fundamental rights of Indian constitution.
Account – Weigh up to what extent something is true. Persuade the reader of your argument by citing relevant research but also remember to point out any flaws and counter- arguments as well. Conclude by stating clearly how far you are in agreement with the original proposition.
Structure of the answer:
Start with what you understand by Right to Protest.
The answer body must have the following aspects covered:
- Importance of dissent in a democracy. The Right to protest peacefully is enshrined in the Indian Constitution—Article 19(1)(a) guarantees the freedom of speech and expression; Article 19(1)(b) assures citizens the right to assemble peaceably and without arms.
- Explain how by virtue of exercising Right to protest, citizens become watchdogs and constantly monitor governments’ acts. It also provides feedback to the governments about their policies and actions after which the concerned government, through consultation, meetings and discussion, recognizes and rectifies its mistakes.
- Link of right to protest with freedom of expression. Give examples of constitutional provisions.
- Provide a balanced argument against the right to protest.
Conclude with importance.