Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
4) What are your thoughts on the British-era sedition law, should it stay or has it outlived its utility? Critically analyse. (250 words)
Why this question:
The article suggests that The colonial law of sedition, meant to suppress and dissent still persists. Used as a political tool, it has deprived people of liberty. Thus, it is time to scrap it.
Key demand of the question:
Explain what is the British-era sedition law that India still inherits and upholds, what are the consequences, why is the law outliving its utility.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.
Structure of the answer:
In brief explain what Indian Sedition law is.
First explain the colonial origin of sedition law.
The British regimes enacted it in order to suppress political and cultural dissent and many of the most famous figures of the freedom struggle including Gandhi were sent to jail on charges of sedition.
Explain why in 1962, the SC upheld the constitutional validity of sedition law.
Discuss the necessity to scrap the law that is outdated and has been outliving its utility.
Conclude with way forward.