Strategic significance of privacy
There is a well-oiled campaign to keep the narrative away from strategic contours, writes Pavithran Rajan.
On August 24, 2017, in a historic judgement that has profound implications for the social, political, religious and even the strategic domains of India, a nine-judge Supreme Court bench delivered a unanimous verdict upholding privacy as a fundamental right. The Justice K.S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) v. Union of India judgement holding that privacy is a Constitutionally protected right which not only emerges from the guarantee of life and personal liberty in Article 21 of the Constitution but also arises in varying contexts from the other facets of freedom and dignity recognised and guaranteed by the fundamental rights contained in Part III of the Indian constitution. The social, political and religious implications are being vociferously debated, but the strategic implications have not been much talked about as there is a well-oiled campaign to keep the narrative away from the strategic contours. Before coming to the strategic implications, here are some extracts from the judgement to highlight what is at stake.