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In the recent hearing of Tripura high court that ruled – posting on social media was tantamount to a “fundamental right” applicable to all citizens, including government employees provides a moment of opportunities and obstacles to the government servants, Do you agree? Critically examine the statement.

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3. In the recent hearing of Tripura high court that ruled – posting on social media was tantamount to a “fundamental right” applicable to all citizens, including government employees provides a moment of opportunities and obstacles to the government servants, Do you agree? Critically examine the statement.(250 words)

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Why this question:

In a landmark order, the High Court of Tripura ordered the police to refrain from prosecuting a man who was earlier arrested over a social media post. The Chief Justice in his order broadly remarked that posting on social media was tantamount to a “fundamental right” applicable to all citizens, including government employees.

Key demand of the question:

One must provide for a detailed analysis of the judgment that was passed recently in this regard.

Directive:

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. 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:

Introduction:

Briefly highlight the observations made in the order.

Body:

Discuss the aspects such followed:

  • Explain first the importance of fundamental rights to citizens, public servants etc.
  • Elaborate as to why it is important to civil servants?
  • Discuss the significance of fundamental rights with respect to the case of social media.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.

 

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