Pri­vacy ver­sus se­cu­rity

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t is high time to se­ri­ously pon­der on the twin top­ics of ‘pri­vacy’ and ‘se­cu­rity’ in the con­text of the In­dian democ­racy, which is con­sid­ered to be the ideal form of gover­nance.

How far can we go ahead with the ap­par­ently great prin­ci­ple of ‘pri­vacy’, and con­sider it as the fun­da­men­tal right of a per­son liv­ing in a demo­cratic coun­try? More­over, the so called democ­racy, in re­al­ity could be just a func­tion­ing an­ar­chy. All sis­ter es­tab­lish­ments or in­sti­tu­tions that need to work in co­or­di­na­tion with such a gov­ern­ment that is al­ready paral­ysed by cor­rup­tion and mal­prac­tices must en­sure not to make the gov­ern­ment weaker and more inefficient by of­fer­ing the man­tle of ‘fun­da­men­tal right to pri­vacy’ to the ad­van­tage of ‘crim­i­nals’.

At­tribut­ing more im­por­tance and pri­or­ity to ‘pri­vacy’ over ‘se­cu­rity’ could prove sui­ci­dal and de­stroy the en­tire nation by giv­ing a free hand to the thieves and ter­ror­ists who could in­su­late and pro­tect them­selves from the clutches of the law un­der a claim for pri­vacy. Doc­u­ments like ID cards and pass­ports are es­sen­tial to any nation for its se­cu­rity, statis­tics and de­vel­op­ment plans. Any law abid­ing cit­i­zen who has noth­ing to hide or fear, will never be con­cerned or anxious in giv­ing his fin­ger prints or other bio­met­ric data, which would only help the gov­ern­ment in pro­tect­ing his life and se­cu­rity. Only crim­i­nal el­e­ments need ‘opac­ity’ and are ve­he­ment in op­pos­ing ‘trans­parency’.

‘Pri­vacy’ can be of­fered as a fun­da­men­tal right only as long as it does not in­fringe on the rights of oth­ers to live.

No gov­ern­ment must be in­ca­pac­i­tated from tak­ing the right dis­ci­plinary mea­sures to pre­serve law and or­der in the coun­try.

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