Q.2 “National security is important, but it can have an impact on human rights and civil liberties. The use of surveillance has serious implications for privacy. What we need is striking the balance between national security and the rights of citizens.” Comment. (10 Marks)

Mentor’s comment-
  • https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/the-hacking-of-indian-democracy/article35689507.ece
  • In the intro, mention the Pegasus controversy.
  •  In the body, mention the use of surveillance technologies by the various intelligence agencies for security purposes. Next, mention the issue of misuse of these technologies and violation of various rights of persons. Next mention the role of government in the protection of the rights of citizens. Suggest legal provisions for against misuse of technologies and duty of government in the protection of citizens’ rights. Mention the need to follow the recommendations of UNHCHR.
  • Conclude by mentioning the protection of rights of citizens is essential for the protection of democracy.
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