‘Di­lu­tion of civil lib­er­ties will lead to an­ar­chy’

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SECOND FRONT PAGE - Dipak Misra,

Life with­out lib­erty is mean­ing­less... life and lib­erty must wel­come dis­sent, dis­cord, dis­agree­ment. With­out them life is a rose with­out fra­grance.

Lib­erty is a per­ma­nent value and we can­not barter it. When the lib­erty of a ci­ti­zen is bartered, it would sound the death knell of democ­racy.

When the court struck it (pro­vi­sion crim­i­nal­is­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity) down, var­i­ous opin­ions were drafted but the ba­sic was that you must have choice, dig­nity and au­ton­omy.

Civil lib­er­ties are the cor­ner­stone of the na­tion and their di­lu­tion will lead to dis­or­der and an­ar­chy. Pro­tec­tion of civil rights should be the sole guid­ing force.

If any­body plays with the Con­sti­tu­tion, then he should know that he is com­pro­mis­ing with the rights of his fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

for­mer chief jus­tice of In­dia

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