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Protests in allotted areas against democracy: JNU professor

Written by Ananya Tiwari
| New Delhi |

October 23, 2020 2:03:39 am


“To say protest in designated areas is antithetical to the thought of democracy… That protests have to be safely museumised is a parody of democracy and a particularly problematic interpretation by the Supreme Court docket of what protest means in a democracy and what the worth of protest is,” Nivedita Menon stated.

The thought of protest in designated areas is antithetical to the thought of democracy, JNU professor Nivedita Menon stated at a press convention to debate the suitable to protest, Thursday.

Swaraj India’s Yogendra Yadav, Magsaysay awardee and convener of the Safai Karamchari Andolan Bezwada Wilson, co-founder of the United In opposition to Hate group Nadeem Khan, and writer Arundhati Roy had been additionally current.

Talking in regards to the current Supreme Court docket judgement, which directed authorities to behave in opposition to indefinite protests such because the one at Shaheen Bagh in opposition to the Citizenship Modification Act, and stated public areas can’t be occupied indefinitely, Menon stated, “To say protest in designated areas is antithetical to the thought of democracy… That protests have to be safely museumised is a parody of democracy and a particularly problematic interpretation by the Supreme Court docket of what protest means in a democracy and what the worth of protest is.”

The October 7 SC judgement had stated: “Democracy and dissent go hand in hand, however then the demonstrations expressing dissent should be in designated locations alone”.

Yadav stated that getting permission to protest at a website like Parliament Avenue was almost inconceivable. “How can the judiciary be oblivious to how issues work?” he requested. Wilson, in the meantime, stated he had a proper to lift his voice as a citizen and this voice “shouldn’t be equated with dissent, however a proper”.

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