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“If the public starts fearing the government, then it is dictatorship not democracy”: former CJI Dipak Mishra

Speaking on the freedom of expression, Justice Mishra said, “It is extremely important to exchange thoughts with freedom, it is also the best gift.

 

New Delhi| Former Chief justice of India Dipak Mishra remarked that if the public starts fearing the government, then it is a dictatorship, not a democracy.

Deepak Mishra said, “We live in a civilized society and civilization should continue moving forward. Justice, equity and independence are an important part of the Society running under a law. There are social changes over time, but the work of justice is to maintain brotherhood in society.”

Justice Mishra further said, “India is a country with many different thinking minds. Freedom is everything in itself. It is the responsibility of the court to protect the fundamental rights and human rights. Freedom is a basic right; it can not be replaced by anything else because it is valuable. It is also very difficult to think of doing justice without independence. The freedom to speak is very important for democracy and during the passage of the IT Act 66A, the court took full care of this matter. The end of creativity is like death and without the liberty, it will be.”

Speaking on the freedom of expression, Justice Mishra said, “It is extremely important to exchange thoughts with freedom, it is also the best gift. Jefferson had said, when the government is afraid of people, then it is freedom, but when the people are afraid of the government it is a dictatorship. Whenever you try to get justice in your mind forcibly, it actually ruins its meaning. Mahatma Gandhi had said that America had received its freedom from violence, but India forced the British to return through non-violence.”

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