Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, July 2005
An unarmed, peaceful protest procession in the land of ‘salt satyagraha’, fast-unto-death and ‘do or die’ is no jural anathema.
Justice K.V. Krishna Iyer
A distinguishing feature of any democracy is the space offered for legitimate dissent. One cherished and valuable aspect of political life in India is a tradition to express grievances through direct action or peaceful protest. Organised, non-violent protest marches were a key weapon in the struggle for independence, and the right to peaceful protest is enshrined as a fundamental right in the Constitution.