Are there too many Tigers in India?
A star speaks his mind. The practitioners of the ‘politics of intimidation’ can’t believe he said so. The star won’t apologize. Neither will the paper tiger. The war is declared. The media harps twenty-four seven about ‘My Name is Khan’ (MNIK). One talk show after the other, tweets, debates, so many people yapping on and on about it. The commotion is understandable. An intolerant political goon against the Badshah. Everyone has a right to have an opinion. That’s understandable too. The politics of intimidation must end. One must stand up for what one believes in. No second thoughts about the aforementioned statements either. But what is the entire controversy about? The freedom of speech, isn’t it?
A person after s/he is fed, sheltered and clothed knows the importance of the freedom of expression. How much would the freedom to express matter to the one who is hungry? How much air time/print space do the violence ridden states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand receive in the Indian media each day? How much time do the vibrant Indian media have for such people who know not of the Right to Life itself? How much appeal does a reality which does not involve sex, power and the celebrity hold for it?