Essay On Indian Democracy

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INTRODUCTION
"The great democratising power of information has given us all the chance to effect change and alleviate poverty in ways we cannot even imagine today. Our task, your task…is to make that change real for those in need, wherever they may be. With information on our side, with knowledge a potential for all, the path to poverty can be reversed." - Kofi Annan
A democracy runs with the participation and development of the people of the country. In a democratic country each person has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, India being the world’s largest democracy provides fundamental rights of speech and expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. Though the Indian Constitution does not explicitly recognise
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A democratic country aims at the development of the individual citizens by ensuring their participation in the process of decision making. Also, Article 21 of the constitution guarantees citizens the right to life with dignity which promotes development of individual citizens, but such development of individuals is not possible without the right and access to information, as only an informed citizenry can make informed decisions, making effective participation in the democratic process of decision making. Article 14 guarantees the fundamental right to equality to all its citizens, therefore the right to information under Article 19(1)(a) must be available to all the citizens but since access to information regarding the functioning of public authorities remained confined in the hands of only few people under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), 1923, it prevented access to information regarding government functioning to all citizens equally. Article 32 of the constitution provides citizens with the right to seek remedy from the Supreme Court in case of any violation of the fundamental rights of the citizens, so with right to information affecting Article 14, 19(1)(a) and 21 of the constitution, any violation of these Articles in regard to right to information must also be subject to the remedies

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