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    Author(s)Edited by Gautam Bhatia
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Publish YearJune 2018


    Oxford University Press Offend, Shock, Or Disturb (Oip): Free Speech Under The Indian Constitution by Edited by Gautam Bhatia

    Offend, Shock, or Disturb is a comprehensive examination of free speech under the Indian Constitution. It explores 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) of the Constitution of India—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 and the relationship between free speech and economic structure, and the inter-relationships between them have been comprehensively examined. 
    As free speech campaigns gain intensity by the day, the book presents the myriad understandings and limitations of the free speech law, and suggests possible pathways for the future. 

    About the Editor 
    Gautam Bhatia is a practicing lawyer in Delhi, and visiting faculty, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India.

    Table of contents
    Table of Cases 
    Note on the Text 

    Part One: Background 

    1. Understanding Free Speech 
    2. Common Concepts Note: The Changing Faces of the Free Speech Clause 

    Part Two: Subversive Speech 

    3. Public Order 45 
    4. Sedition 83 
    Part Three: Free Speech and Cultural Regulation 
    5. Obscenity and Pornography 
    6. Hate Speech 
    7. Film and Internet Censorship 

    Part Four: Other Restrictions 

    8. Defamation, Privacy, and Injunctions 
    9. Contempt of Court 

    Part Five: The ‘Freedom of Speech and Expression’ 

    10. The Meaning of ‘Speech and Expression’ 
    11. The Meaning of ‘Freedom’: Free Speech and Economic Structure 

    Part Six: New Horizons 

    12. Surveillance, Net Neutrality, Shield Laws, and Copyright 

    About the Author

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