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Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Free Speech under the Indian Constitution

Gautam Bhatia


Offend, Shock, or Disturb represents the first attempt to comprehensively explore Indian free speech jurisprudence from a doctrinal, comparative, and philosophical perspective. Taking as its point of departure the constitutional guarantee of the freedom of speech and expression (Articles 19(1)(a) and 19(2)), the book discusses, clause by clause, the development of law from colonial times to present-day controversies. Issues relating to public order, sedition, obscenity and pornography, hate speech, film and online censorship, privacy and defamation, the contempt of court, the nature of speech ... More

Keywords: freedom of speech, Indian constitutional law, Article 19(1)(a), obscenity and pornography, hate speech, sedition, defamation and privacy, free speech and economic structure, public order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199460878
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gautam Bhatia, author
National Law School of India University, Bangalore