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Digitisation in India is making strides at a great pace. Hence, access to internet becomes pertinent for the upliftment of the masses as a social measure. Do you think access to internet should be declared as a fundamental right? Critically analyse.

Topic: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

3. Digitisation in India is making strides at a great pace. Hence, access to internet becomes pertinent for the upliftment of the masses as a social measure. Do you think access to internet should be declared as a fundamental right? Critically analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Live Mint

Why the question:

The right to access the internet in India is making strides at a great pace which opens up the debate of internet as a fundamental right.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the role of internet in socio-economic development and feasibility of internet as a fundamental right.

Directive word: 

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them 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 balanced judgment on the topic.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context of digitisation in India and various measures related to it.

 Body:

First, write about the benefits offered by internet for economy, development and society. Substantiate with facts and examples.

Next, write about internet as a Fundamental right – reasons as to why it should be declared as a fundamental right.

Next, write about the limitations in declaring   internet as a Fundamental right.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.