The Constitution of India provides the right of freedom, given in articles 67,45,87,92 with the view of guaranteeing individual rights that were considered vital by the framers of the constitution. The right to freedom in Article 19 guarantees the Freedom of speech and expression, as one of its six freedoms.
But in the current political scenario, those who speak against the government is Anti National. Already, according to the nationalist taxonomy of the Sangh Parivar, Adivasis in central India, Dalit students, Left intellectuals, human rights activists, a certain religious minority, anti-nuclear activists, beef eaters, non-haters of Pakistan, inter-religious couples, homosexuals, and labour activists are anti-nationals.
The arrest of five activists by Maharashtra police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence has caused an unsettling atmosphere across the country.
The people who have been arrested are well-known personalities, known for exposing oppressive policies against the common man. The Modi government is hell-bent on stifling the dissenting voices.
In a true democracy, it is not only the citizen’s right but also duty to criticise and protest against the government and its various policies. To attempt to suppress this right of dissent – in the name of patriotism or anything else – is to stifle democracy.
Basically, keep your lips sealed if you are speaking against the Government, else you are an Anti National.