SEDITION: Macaulay to Modi

Rijul Singh Uppal

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The liberal use of the sedition law in recent years, mainly by state governments intolerant of dissenting opinion, has provoked justified controversy. After some prominent individuals fell afoul of the law, activists, journalists, lawyers, and jurists took up cudgels on behalf of the victims, and demanded that the law be scrapped, as it belongs to the colonial era. In May 2022, The Supreme Court of India, admitted a host of petitions challenging the law as upheld in Kedar Nath Singh vs Union of India, 1961.

The author believes that the fundamental right to free speech is a non-negotiable right in a democratic country, but the law is relevant for countering threats to national security and sovereignty. Examining the trajectory of the sedition law from its introduction by the British colonial power and its subsequent rejection by the Constituent Assembly of India, the author observes that the statute had to be hastily restored by the Provisional Parliament to cope with the challenges posed by communal rioting in many parts of the country, several years after independence. As such, it is pertinent in times of crisis. The current law undeniably needs safeguards against political misuse, but deserves a place on the statute.

Rijul Singh Uppal The author is an advocate practicing at the Courts and Tribunals in New Delhi. He did his Masters (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice from UNICRI, Turin, in partnership with UN mandated University of Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica. The present work is the fruit of a deep interest in constitutional issues that impact contemporary politics and public life.



1. Introduction
2. Sedition in Colonial India
3. The First Amendment
4. Need for Sedition Law

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Annexure XVI
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