Freedom is one simple word, a belief, which is now getting more and more concealed under the pressure of cultural homogenisation, conformity of thoughts. Is it so hard for some to understand that human rights endow us to have our own views. I might have some views which may be wrong according to one and all but till the point they are not harming others and the society in any way, shall I be stopped to follow what I believe in?
And for those who cry foul that our culture is in trouble owing to the impact of westernisation are the most ill-informed. A reading of the sociological account of Indian history will show that India or the Indian subcontinent used to be the most tolerant one. India is the birthplace of so many religions precisely because of our tolerant attitude. It is only now that every single difference of opinion is taken as a blow to our so-called culture where women are still subdued under the pressures of patriarchy.
Recent attack on two women of India, Shruti Seth and Kavitha Krishnan, for their difference of opinion on #selfiewithdaughter trend set in motion by Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows the growing intolerance of our society. If anything, the desperate attempts by the social media trolls to defame these two women ended up taking the sheen away from an exercise whose purpose was to appreciate women through Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign.
Such intolerance is a result of our one-sided and biased interpretation of both our past and present which is propagated by political parties and their stooges across the political spectrum to suit their agenda.
Instead of these politicians with vested interests, I think it should be us, the common people, who should be the protagonist and the judge for how we want our society to develop.
NOTE: Views expressed are the author’s own. Janta Ka Reporter does not endorse any of the views, facts, incidents mentioned in this piece.