You may find this disturbing, that a ‘free country’ should stifle the freedoms of its people. We don’t see anything wrong in this. For us, ensuring social harmony, ensuring the integrity of our moral fiber, keeping our cultural ethos, maintaining religious order, are far more important than ensuring freedom of expression and safeguarding individual rights. What you have achieved in Europe and Americas fighting for individual rights against the state or religious oppression is unknown to us. You see, most of us have not read histories, and even if we read them, we vomit them out during our exams and therefore do not remember anything after we write them on our answer sheets.
You may never understand this, but here in India, the land of the 'greatest culture', we need to protect our culture against the onslaught of others who are bent on corrupting us with their immoral practices and attitudes of asking us to think and judge on our own, by forcing us into critical and rational thinking.
We don’t want Enlightenment here; we don’t want modern theories on freedoms here. We don’t want anyone telling us how we should treat our women folk, or how we should apply rule of law, or how we should tolerate dissent. We know better. Because our scriptures, written hundreds of years ago, have all the answers to all the problems written down in a very small book that you can carry in your pocket.