Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister in the ruling Modi government in India, said in the Rajya Sabha that the misconception that the Internet is a fundamental right needs to be corrected. The security of the country is equally important. Union Communications and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said during Question Hour in the Upper House on Thursday that communication of ideas through the Internet is part of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.
Apart from this, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in response to a question, 'The Supreme Court clearly stated that no lawyer has argued that the right to internet is a fundamental right. Such a misconception needs to be corrected. The Supreme Court said that using the Internet to communicate your thoughts is also a part of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.
Further in the address of the program, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that no one can deny that the internet is being misused to spread violence and terrorism. Pakistan is doing this in Kashmir and IS also increased due to the internet. He said, 'While the right to the Internet is important, the security of the country is equally important ... Can we deny that terrorists are misusing the Internet to commit violence? There has been an attempt to spread unrest in Kashmir through the Internet from across the border. '' Prasad asserted that the constitution which gives us authority, equally emphasizes its control. In response to a supplementary question by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Prasad said, 'Use the Internet but you cannot incite violence..and weaken the unity, integrity and security of the country'.