Justice Chandrachud is right to remind intellectuals of their duty. But what of the other institutions of democracy? – By Anshu Saluja
Rapid erosion of our institutions’ integrity, promotion of intolerance and even hatred of dissent, repression of dissenters, withholding of accurate information, and widespread propagation of fake news count among the pressing problems of today. And our public intellectuals have been at pains to point these out in an increasingly hostile environment.
In a recently delivered address, a siting judge of the Supreme Court, Justice D Y Chandrachud, highlighted the special duty of public intellectuals to “question the state” and sustain democracy. To be sure, they have done their duty by raising searching questions and speaking truth to power.
But, have other institutions, including the judiciary, fulfilled their duties towards these public intellectuals? Have they offered the support systems, so crucial for confronting the powerful and swimming against the tide?…