How far can you control speech?
This sparsely illustrated text books in our school, which we so loved and adored, have always taught us that every Indian has a right to voice his opinion. You can blame the civics text books of 8th & 9th standards and my teacher used to constantly ask me to ask questions.
A figure of speech or something more sinister?
With the right to speech, we assume we also have a right to ask questions.
Recently, a well known journalist rebellious to the existing statues of his trade, decided to walk the plank and take a dive in open waters. Little did he know that the enemy was not only on the creaky ship but also in the waters in which he so gladly jumped into.
The journalist asking a straight forward question. A question which we all have a right to ask. Naive enough to underestimate the sharks and as if the sharks were not enough even “Nemo” had a darker side. And then, the attack began. Like how the fish gather when you throw the bread, they all attacked.
The latest in a series of attacks being a summon if the phrase “Nation Wants To Know” is used. My question to you Sir!
Will you summon me as well? Will you summon my teachers as well? Will you summon the text books as well? Will you summon the education system? Will you summon the whole country?
The “Nation Still Wants To Know?”
Author: Toorjo Sengupta
Sounding Board: Abhishek Sharma