Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hate speech

In the United States of America freedom of speech is scared. But even there 'hate speech' is suppressed in the interest of public order. The distinction is drawn between expression that is genuinely ones opinion and expression that has the tendency to incite violence. No civilized society can allow one to say things that has the tendency to create public disorder.
Varun Feroze Gandhi is considered now to be the poster boy for Hindutva outfits. He has usurped what was till yesterday the domain of Modis and Togadias. The polarization of the Indian society once again can be gauged from the television debate forums. This, like the 26/11, is a turning point in the political/social scenario of India- things will never be the same again. Political spokespersons are debating about the impact of the speech on the recent Lok Sabha elections. What is been left out is the bigger impact on the society at large. Feelings, that till today were kept to oneself, have been let loose in the public domain.
It is scary, to put it mildly. One may agree to the political ideology of an outfit but how can one agree to the content of the hate speech?

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