NHRC member calls for tolerance towards dissent

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) member Cyriac Joseph has cautioned against diluting the essence of Indian tradition, philosophy and constitution, all of which preaches tolerance.


Inaugurating a seminar on ‘Democracy, Tolerance and Human Rights,’ organised by the Kerala Law Academy Law College on Tuesday, Mr. Joseph was of the view that criticisms against decision and policies of government or judgments could not be viewed as anti-national.

“A person cannot be seen as national or patriotic merely by wearing a particular dress, holding the national flag or chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai,’ even while going against the Indian constitutional values and principles. Prohibiting dissent or denying freedom of speech and expression or freedom of religion is against constitutional values, ideas and principles. Those acting against constitutional values and goals are anti-national and unpatriotic,” he said.

Mr. Joseph added that nationalism and patriotism could never be monopolised by any political party or religious group.


Democratic values in the Constitution could only be protected through the practice of tolerance as observed in the Bijoe Emmanuel Case (National Anthem case) and tolerance in part of the fundamental human right to dignity.

Senior journalist M.G. Radhakrishnan presided over the function. Journalist N.P. Ullekh and college principal Lekshmi P. Nair were also present.

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