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Free speech for the dumb

A Wall Street Journal article on the banning of the Savita Bhabhi site.

India’s tolerance and freedom are highly over-rated. Indians, as a class, are among the most thin-skinned people in the world, ever-ready to take offence where none was intended. Society here just cannot mind its own business, morals are thrown about and numerous vigilante groups spring to the defence of “India’s Culture”. Free speech here is a myth. Inspite of all that lofty religious philosophy and all the lofty talk on democracy, India remains one of the most racist (to its own people as much as to others), intolerant, hypocritical and singularly bull-headed societies around.
Banning “adult sites”- banning everything “objectionable” – is merely a symptom of a much larger disease. I hate the way the word “ban” is used in this country. Revolting, disgusting and shameful.

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Categories: India
  1. February 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Cannot agree more. It is especially disturbing when artists and writers are victims of these so called moral/cultural police 😦 Still, we claim to be the world’s largest democracy!

    • rohan17286
      February 18, 2010 at 11:16 pm

      The MF Husain story is just disgusting.

      • February 23, 2010 at 7:15 am

        Hmmm.. not a big fan of Hussain, now 😉 But true. These “vigilante groups” burning copies of books or stopping screenings of movies that have “objectionable” content is so common!

  2. Chetan
    February 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Great post. I’m totally in agreement.

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