• Thursday, December 01, 2022

INDIA

Indian vice president defends liberal values, right to dissent

India vice-president Hamid Ansari

By: Sarwar Alam

Indian vice-president Hamid Ansari said on Saturday (25) universities must uphold liberal values and respect dissent, a month after violent protests erupted at a university in the capital Delhi over a speech by a student accused of sedition. Addressing students at a university in the northern state of Punjab, Ansari said commitments to the right to dissent should be revisited at a time when the “value and scope of academic freedom” was being called into question. “The right of dissent and agitation are ingrained in the fundamental rights under our constitution, which sets out a plural framework and refuses any…

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