The Cost Of Freedom

Two Instructive case studies of dissent from Contemporary India

Prashant Bhushan, outside the Supreme Court Of India, responding to the media. ( Source: The New York Times)

The Prashant Bhushan Case

The Supreme Court Of India, on the 31st August, sentenced lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan to a Re 1 fine in the contempt of court case and said he would be jailed for three months and barred from practicing for three years if he failed to pay this fine by September 15. The court had said in its judgment that it was “showing magnanimity” by not imposing a severe punishment. The quantum of the impact that the decision and Prashant Bhushan himself has is imperceptible. The study of the Prashant Bhushan Case, therefore, is not only interesting but also necessary.

“To criticise a judge fairly, albeit fiercely, is not a crime, but a right,” ~ Dushyant Dave

The Kafeel Khan incident

After spending seven months in prison, Dr. Kafeel Khan was finally released from Mathura jail at midnight on September 1. He was arrested for the first time exactly three years ago on September 2 in the oxygen shortage tragedy at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College that led to the deaths of more than a hundred children. He had spent more than six months behind bars before being granted bail at the time. Before the oxygen mishap, Khan lived a normal life. Had it not been for the scandal, Kafeel would not have spent three years in jail.


Dissent, expressed against the state and the institutions of religion, creates a tradition of thinking that would always be available to us as resources. At every historical juncture, the rich vein of dissension thoughts is necessary for the conception of equality. Democracy survives because of dissent. The orthodoxy of political ideologies stands up against dissent; and the battle against then still goes on.

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