19(1)a: Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression
September 14, 2019 6:01 pm - September 27, 2019 8:01 pm
“Everything is known and yet not known. It is written down but not revealed. If revealed, it is restricted. If not restricted, it is distorted. There is a right to be informed, but not of too much. There is right to know, but no right to make known. Democracy abjures ignorance but continues to revel inc it. There is sunshine, but also light, shade, and darkness. A democracy that knows not, and knows not that it knows not, adds folly to its ignorance to subvert its purposes.”
– Rajeev Dhawan, Senior Advocate
Expression is the basic purpose of communication which can be executed in multiple ways. We, as humans, participate in this activity in our everyday life, consciously and unconsciously. In our daily lives, we underestimate the power it withholds by choosing to be ignorant and by not acknowledging it until we are denied the right to express.
Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution of India guarantees to all its citizens the right to freedom of speech and expression. With this first condition of liberty, citizens can express their political and social opinions and views without hindrance and without the fear of punishment further solidifying the democracy they live in. Active engagement in this exchange results in the growth of individuals, the state and in the long run and an entire civilization. In this exhibition, through various instalments, we were trying to explore the philosophical, psychological, legal, political, and social aspects of this fundamental right.