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Political Theory by Ranajay Kumar, Hoveyda Abbas

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Political Obligation, Resistance and Revolution

Introduction: Political Obligation, Citizenship and Legitimate Authority

Obligation means a condition to perform a duty or fulfil a requirement. Such a condition may arise mainly due to moral or legal compulsions, e.g. obligation to speak the truth or to fulfil a legal contract. Political obligation means obligation of citizens towards the constitution and the state, its orders, commands, rules and authority. At the day-to-day level, it relates to obeying the laws and rules of the State, paying taxes and other dues that the state reasonably seeks. However, there can be circumstances when political obligation erodes and resistance or revolt arises. These may include action of the State and its ...

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