22nd September, 2016 (MAINS)


Q1. ‘Freedom and liberty are genuine aspirations of the people in a democracy. But without reasonable restrictions and self-discipline there is a danger that we may end up in an unprincipled anarchy.’ Examine the above statement in view of some of the recent happenings in the country.  [10marks] 100 words.

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  • Preeti Fci

    1. Freedom is said to exist when external constraints on the individual are absent. In terms of this definition an individual could be considered free if he/she is not subject to external controls or coercion and is able to make independent decisions and act in an autonomous way. However, absence of constraints is only one dimension of freedom. Freedom is also about expanding the ability of people to freely express themselves and develop their potential. Freedom in this sense is the condition in which people can develop their creativity and capabilities.
    2. But no individual living in society can hope to enjoy total absence of any kind of constraints or restrictions. It becomes necessary then to determine which social constraints are justified and which are not, which are acceptable and which should be removed.
    3. In the recent times debate over freedom of expression and restrictions over it to maintain peace and stability has increased. In the Section 66A judgement even Supreme Court has stated that freedom of expression is rights of individual but government can place restrictions on the content in tune to national security. Thus disciplined freedom is needed.