Ill-omen for free thinking

Are we living in a fascist and totalitarian state where even innocuous comments are censored and the persons are put behind the bars? Where’s much hyped freedom of speech and expression? The two girls in Bombay just voiced the sentiments of lakhs of people who had to suffer because of complete bandh in Bombay and Poona following the death of Bal Thackeray. These twenty-something girls must be felicitated for giving a definite expression to the seething anger of innumerable citizens. What the elders couldn’t do, they’ve done.

Using a social medium like Facebook for reaching out to more like-minded people is perfectly alright.  What George Orwell depicted about the ‘futuristic fear of the state’ in his prophetic novels ‘Cancer Ward’ and ‘August 1984’ seems to be chillingly true in this age of over-sensitivity and unconstitutional interference with the lives of common people. It’s a palpable Kafkaesque uncertainty we all seem to be living in. This certainly doesn’t bode well for the champions of fearless thinking.  

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2012 on page no. 11

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