The Struggle of a Democracy against Terrorism: Sacrificing Civil Liberties to Reduce Terrorism Risks

Terrorist threats have existed throughout modern history, and the importance of deterring and preventing terrorist acts is of central importance. The impulse to abandon human rights norms in times of fear and crisis is short-sighted and self-defeating. As the revelations of shocking abuses at Abu Gharib prison have demonstrated, the world will not easily accept inhumane treatment in any context, and such treatment will tarnish and undermine even legitimate security operations. Therefore, this is an issue which requires in-depth analysis, as done by the author, due to its complex and multidimensional nature.

Working Through A Democratic Constitution: The Indian Experience

Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens directly or indirectly participate in the law making. It first appeared in Greek thoughts as ‘demokratia’ which means – rule of the people. In the South Indian kingdom of Cholas in Tamil Nadu, an electoral system existed around one thousand years ago. In the modern era, democracy survives on morality and legality. The Constitution provides stability and growth without the destruction of human values. However, to keep pace with the changing times, the Constitution must be amended as well, but in a way that its basic structure and essential features remain intact.