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The Epitaph of Freedom of Speech

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A long time back, in a big country, there lived a poet who would not be afraid. In fact, he was so reckless that when an autocrat tried to chain the nation in the shackles of emergency, he directly asked her:

इंदु जी इंदु जी क्या हुआ आपको,

सत्ता के नशे में भूल गईं बाप को

I wonder what would have happened to this poet if he had been in today’s Indian politics, laced with venomous intolerance. Maybe, he would have just been lynched by the modern days Netas and their cronies.

The latest in the series is the case of Amartya Sen who doesn’t think that he will like to see Narendra Modi as the next PM of India. This infuriated one sections of politicians and some were moronic enough to demand that Mr. Sen return the Bharat Ratna given to him during the tenure of the NDA government.

Why should Amartya sen return the award? The Bharat Ratna Awards are not someone’s ‘Baap ki Jaagir’ that they needs to be returned back if the recipient holds a different opinion than that of the giver. However the Indian Politics has taken such a sad turn that there is no scope for a non-political person to express his opinion without inviting trouble. Be it the Aditi Restaurent in Mumbai or a Nobel prize winner, they either need to fall in line with the mob bosses or face the consequences. So much so for Democracy!

As someone rightly mentioned, politics has become the new Zamindari, with dynastic hegemony, servile mobs and a new breed of intolerant fanatics. If you are a Modi supporter, you will be branded communal; if you oppose Modi then you commit an act of high treason. And if you choose none of these, well then God save you!

Anyway, for some fanatics, this was not enough. A few days back, I saw a post in a Facebook Page pompously called, “BJP Gujarat”. This post on Amartya Sen and his daughter Nandana Sen was in such a bad taste that it has provoked unprecedented anger. See for yourself:

Nandana

This Facebook group is not the official group of Gujarat BJP and is clearly the handiwork of an over enthusiastic and mentally retarded fan of Narendra Modi.  However what is the case in point to which people are stooping down to shut up the voice of dissent. It also shows how Social Media is giving these uncivil imbeciles the power to throw dirt on people who are way above them in intellect and everything else.

The mentality of such elements is so evident in this case. Even though the photograph is fake and does not even belong to Nandana Sen, the message given by these guys is loud and clear: If you are a fashion model, you are corrupt and of loose morals. Do we need Taliban to take over the nation when we have such “Deshbhakts” in our country? And to think of it, Mr Sen to bear all this insult from this pedestrian scum just because he was honest enough to admit that he disapproves of a certain Politician.

If BJP needs to salvage its dignity, it must weed out this kind of poisonous elements within the party. Otherwise there will not be much difference between the party with a difference and the cronies of Sonia Gandhi.

The days of statesmanship are over with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, now all we have are petty politicians; and from this muck, we are forced to choose the least filthy one. Such sad state of Indian politics  makes even a self respecting citizen cringe in disgust and wish that the rule of Queen Victoria comes back to this country.

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