Facebook message on Bal Thackery
What kind of a nation are we building when we set an example that you cannot even use Facebook to expresses what you really think. Can’t a young girl write:
Who benefits from these insane laws?
These insane laws are there only for one reason. For the rich, the powerful, the rulers and politicians, the godmen and swindlers, to shut up anyone who says anything against them! These are the tools, the whips, and the lathis that wolves use to keep the sheep suppressed and feared. And how do they get these tools? We give them to the wolves when they create fear amongst us!
The rulers tell us that we need these insane laws to protect the common man from an imagined enemy. That enemy is a terrorist to the common man, a foreign army to the citizen. But sometimes the common man accepts these insane laws because he interprets his enemy in his own way - Muslims for Hindus, men for women, upper caste for lower caste, and so on.
India is a demautocracy – a flawed democracy which is in fact an autocracy. The people continue to believe they are in a democracy when in fact they elect an autocracy every five years.
The very basis for a stronger and effective democracy is to allow the voice of dissent, knowing very well that this voice of dissent is not always presented in the most agreeable form. It will come as insults, rants, swear words, blasphemies, and depictions which are downright scandalous. And yet, it is the duty of the state to protect that dissenting individual from the onslaught of powerful people, powerful groups and powerful institutions.