The Global Village Green and the Right to Communicate in India

By Ravi K. Dhar - 2008

This paper by Ravi K. Dhar attempts to analyze the significance of the right to communicate as a basic human right and the factors that deprive the vast majority of Indians of this right on the 'global village green'. The study reveals that while liberalization and globalization have aggravated the communicational inequality between the developed and the developing countries, the denial of access to the new communication media tends to stifle popular participation in public debate. The incorporation of such a right as a fundamental right of the citizens would make it justiciable and ensure the citizens' participation in the public sphere for democratic deliberation.

Paper available here.

By Ravi K. Dhar | 2008


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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