Friday, January 9, 2015

Speak or Not to Speak

We have recently seen the cost of hurting sent iments of a faithful. Editors of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in France paid with their lives. Yet Charlie Hebdo decided to continue as soon as the dust subsides. In this scenario, why in India we are so upset when BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj comes up with his utterances. Lunatic as he may sound, he may offend secularists or minorities, should he not be heard? More so when in India our press tries to argue that one should write or paint anything they want. For example, Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, Lajja by Tasleema Nasrin, or Maqbool Fida Hussain painting goddesses in nude. Sakshi Maharaj has opened his mouth again and again. First he said Nathuram Godse as a patriot. A statement he retracted. Recently, Sakshi ji has advised Hindu women to have at least 4 children each. I do not know why media pays so much attention to nuggets our honourable MP delivers? Why can these not be ignored? As a practicing democracy, we must respect all points of view no matter how radical and how lunatic. That is freedom of speech. But no one should be allowed to preach and exhort violence. Government must come down heavily on practioners of violence. My second confusion is that we voted for Mr. Modi for his development agenda. We did not vote for Sakshi Maharaj's Hindutva agenda. I also heard our prime minister has advised his MPs not to derail development agenda by speaking gibberish. Such activity will give opposition parties an opportunity to block proceedings of parliament. In spite of advisory, MPs of ruling party are unable to contain themselves. I think it is time PM showed his iron fist. Finally, I do not know if asking women to bear 4 child can be called unsecular. It can be stupid, it can be called none of Sakshi Maharaj's business, but it cannot be called anti-minority. God save us. By the way the same honourable opposition MPs blocked parliament because they thought Indian secular fabric is under threat, tried to justify Paris violence as an after effect of global war on terror. By same logic, should Gujarat violence be justified as a consequence of train burning at Godhra! 
Tags : Freedom of Speech, Hinduvta, Lajja, Maqbool Fida Hussain, Sakshi Maharaj, Salman Rushdie, Satanic Verses, Tasleema Nasreen
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