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Freedom of speech must be limited
Students can get involved in a country’s governance as long as it follows the framework and laws of the country By K. Ragavan In today’s society, most nations are striving to be as democratic as possible by allowing its people to express their opinions without feeling any fear. This is indeed, a healthy trend that should be applauded. However, it is important to note that you should not just express your own opinion, but also listen to that of the other person. Freedom of expression should be within the framework of that land and should not threaten your countrymen or create a divide within your community.
With regards to whether students should have a say in a country’s governance, holding a speech is acceptable as long as it remains respectful. Protests should not become violent, resulting in clashes that affect the wellbeing of others. We must draw the line where national security and interest is at stake as that is something that should always come as first priority.
Overall, the right to freedom of speech is a good way of letting citizens express their feelings. Everything has got a line of control and one should not cross that limit. Looking at the protests that took place at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India, it was considered acceptable for the students to participate and express their views, however, they should have known their limits. Getting caught up in the moment and not knowing how to deliver your message without hurting the sentiments of society are actions that are not acceptable in a civil society, and whoever engages in such should be held accountable.
— The reader is retired and based in Bengaluru, India

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