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Where is the space for the honest activist? | The Statesman

At a time when there is increasing need for sincere and honest social activists to take up important issues of justice, accountability, peace and environment protection, many of them are being denied the democratic space necessary for taking their issues forward.

Nikhil Dey (photo: Facebook)

Nikhil Dey (photo: Facebook)

One of the most important strengths of democracy is that if some important issues are neglected by the government of the day, or if these get distorted by wrong policies, then space remains open for others to raise the issues or apply the correctives.

To ensure this, a system of certain basic freedoms and some support structures should be built into any vibrant democracy. Despite several shortcomings such a system has in fact been created in India and has been functioning with reasonable success.

Source: The Statesman: Where is the space for the honest activist?

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