A duty to be tolerant
The rise of intolerance is alarming. Dissent is smothered and self-censorship takes its place, endangering democracy itself.
Written by Soli J. Sorabjee | Published:November 1, 2017 12:35 am
The co-relation between rights and duties has been recognised by our ancient rishis and in our sacred texts.
On January 26, 1950, India became a sovereign democratic republic. Its Constitution guaranteed a wide array of fundamental rights which were also made justiceable. The Constitution originally did not make any specific provision for duties of citizens. However, on analysis, duties are implicit because the Constitution permits reasonable restrictions on exercise of fundamental rights in public interest, which is on the premise that exercise of fundamental rights entails duties.
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