“Claims on Privacy” is an essay justifying the categorization of privacy as a generic natural right like the right to life and liberty. An inextricable link has been drawn between dignity and privacy in the essay through the life story of a fictional character XYZ as no contour can really be drawn to an abstract right in a system which can’t be tailor-made. The starting point for the essay is the recent judgment delivered by the Supreme Court of India. The judgment has recognized the right to privacy as a fundamental natural right under article 21 of the Indian Constitution (read with other articles), predating formation of any kind of government: monarchy, theocracy or democracy. At the same time, privacy has also been held as a core of dignity, which indicates it’s recognition as a generic right as well. The author after adopting the views expressed in the judgment has elaborated upon the alternative categorization of right to privacy as a generic right, which though adopted in the Supreme Court judgment is but not the dominant expression. Various articles published by the author on his blog ForPrivacy have also been added as appendices.
The author is a lawyer and a privacy exponent. Though he often writes on privacy, he admits he was himself in doubt about the true contour of right to privacy; therefore, the writing of the essay was a self-learning process. This essay was indeed his sincere attempt to educate himself about privacy, which is a right less understood. He makes no claims to educate others through the essay, “Claims on Privacy”. Even if the readers get entertained, the author would accept it gracefully as an accidental gain.
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