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15 MAY, 2017 (MAINS)



Q1. Is civil disobedience in a democratic state justifiable? Discuss. (2015/10/200 words)


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  • Ashish

    Civil disobedience is a peaceful for of political protest which includes refusal to comply with certain unjust laws.
    Generally, democratic states rest on the pillar of separation of power between legislature, executive and judiciary. Therefore, it makes sure that one cannot exercise its powers arbitrarily in an unjust manner. Moreover, every citizen has a set of fundamental rights to protect themselves from the arbitrary action of the state. If citizens found any law unjust and contrary to the constitution then he/she can go to the judiciary for its annulment. If judiciary found it so then it will declare such law as null and void. If there are some grievances regarding the unjust actions of the executive then citizens should follow the chain of command and register his/her grievance in writing to the concerned departmental head.
    If still his/her complaint is not resolved then he/she should create mass/public opinion against such laws by social media campaign, sign petition, peaceful demonstration and other constitutional methods. If the majority public opinion is also against the unjust law or order then concerned citizen can launch civil disobedience movement because democracy is the government of the people, for the people, by the people. Hence, CDM In democratic state is justifiable.