Democracy, Dissent and Fundamental Freedoms

 People’s Union for Democratic Rights Invites you to a public meeting on

Democracy, Dissent and Fundamental Freedoms

The claim of India as the world’s largest democracy is sustained through the observance of certain democratic rights and freedoms incorporated as ‘fundamentals’ into the constitution. The constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression, of conscience, to peaceful assembly and associations as some of the fundamental rights. The guarantee of these fundamental freedoms ensures the functioning of a democracy. The recent chronicle of democracy in India, however, has been replete with instances of mass violation of these freedoms of people across the country. The unabated efforts of repression on students’ voices, attack on human rights activists and artists, militarization of academic spaces and the attempts to criminalize and depoliticize the universities are characterizing the political climate. In the light of these developments, it becomes essential to reflect upon the existing state of democracy in India and engage with the fundamental element of criticism and dissent in a democracy.
 
Speakers:
 
1. Gautam Navlakha
(People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi) 
 
2. Lawrence Liang
(Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore) 
 
3. Saroj Giri
(Dept. of Political Science, University of Delhi)
 
 
 
Date    : 25th  February 2016
Time   : 2.30 pm
Venue : Lecture Hall, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi