Hate Speech in India – a conversation Siddharth Narrain

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Suchitra Vijayan at The Polis Project spoke to lawyer and legal researcher Siddharth Narrain about the history of hate speech in India, and its current trajectories in relation to freedom of expression, social media and question of dissent. This conversation is an attempt to take the academic and legal scholarship around the law, justice, and violence to a wider audience.

Siddharth Narrain is a lawyer and legal researcher based in Delhi. He is an Honorary Research Fellow with the Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. He has worked previously as an Assistant Professor at the School of Law, Governance, and Citizenship, Ambedkar University Delhi; as a legal researcher with the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, and as a journalist with The Hindu group of publications, Delhi. @snarrain

A selected Bibliography

and you can read more of his work here

Hate Speech in India: A Legal Primer*

The following narration is a brief primer aimed at informing the general public about the legislative history, circumstances, scope and present conditions surrounding hate speech legislation in India. It discusses various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as they pertain to the governance of hate speech and how they criminalize hate speech under certain circumstances in India. 


  • The Legal Primer was researched and compiled by Apoorva Chandra. 

This series is a part of The Polis Project’s Violence Lab.

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