The following acts do not amount to sedition as they are protected as your right to freedom of speech and expression under the Constitution of India:
- Any criticism of government policies and their actions.
- Any criticism done in good faith against the Government.
- Any criticism done to improve the functioning of the Government.
In other words, commenting in strong terms upon the measures or acts of Government, or its agencies is not the same as disloyalty towards the Government. As long as the words used by a person, does not lead to people feeling enmity and disloyalty towards the Government and public disorder or use of violence, it is not an act of sedition.
- If Amit draws a cartoon for the Hindu highlighting and ridiculing the corruption in the Government, it would not amount to sedition.
- If a filmmaker makes a documentary on the violence of Jammu and Kashmir and critiques the Government actions in it, he would not be liable for sedition.
- If Bobby sticks posters in the public library to boycott the general elections to the Legislative assembly and writes “No vote for the masters who are exploiting people”, this does not amount to sedition.
- If Rahul criticizes the government on his Facebook wall for not maintaining the roads in his area, and says bad things about the government, it would not amount to sedition.
- If Tanya expresses anger against any administrative or other action of the Government without exciting or attempting to excite any hatred or violence, then it would not amount to sedition.
- If Raj gives a fiery speech about the ongoing injustice to a certain community, at a stage rally, then his speeches won’t amount to sedition if it does not incite any violence or cause public disorder.
- If Ramu holds a slogan saying “I hate the Government, the Government is corrupt”, it is not an act of sedition. If the slogan had resulted in people hating the Government along with violence, then it would be an act of sedition.