“There should be maximum tolerance of free speech during elections. Free speech and elections have a strong bond. To break the bond would be to break democracy itself,” Baxi said. Moderator Shaikh Mujibur Rehman, who teaches at Jamia’s Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies, said Baxi implied that free speech added to the health of democracy and the public ultimately would notice who said what. Baxi said one of the fundamental duties of every India citizen, under the Constitution, was to appreciate the country’s “rich heritage of composite culture”. “An aspirational Constitution looks at the spirit, not the letter,” he said.