Monday, May 16, 2016

Is abusing others, freedom of speech?

Ages since I blogged, no excuses...just laziness to peg my thoughts...
For a few months now I have been very concerned about the 'Tolerance' debate, great people have returned awards, there have been a lot of talk all round about the increasing 'intolerance' shown by the present Government. There are state governments who are interfering with people's food habits...etc. All these are definitely a matter of serious concern.

But to me a more serious concern is the way people behave on the social networking platforms. If one does not agree with a particular viewpoint, there are people who will become very nasty and mean start a personalized attack on the person questioning their integrity and their credibility all because they differed from what you had to say. I faced it couple of times this year and last year, when some posts I made had people agreeing and disagreeing. But some of the persons who differed would not leave it at that, they would start personally attacking me...one even said "after she has got her padmashree she has become right wing" or "how much was I paid to make the comment" or "worst still if you running a NGO just do that" one woman even said "I used to respect her, now I don't".

I am baffled and wonder what riggers such mean aggression. I have seen people calling other names in such derogatory fashion that you actually cringe. Can you not state a point without abusing somebody? Is this not intolerance? I understand freedom of speech and the need for it. I have travelled to China and many other countries where freedom of speech is greatly curtailed....But does freedom of speech means you abuse anybody and everybody and call them names...all because you do not agree with a particular perspective.

Social media has taken visibility to greater heights. Today if people like me are known even among a few, it is because of this dynamic platform. I use it, respect it and nurture it as tool for me to connect with the larger world.  Whether I am impacting anybody here or not is something that I am not seriously concerned, but definitely I use this platform to share my thoughts and my opinion...maybe some of it may have a wrong timing...maybe I have my own agenda to do the same...but of late I am becoming a little wary of this platform and have started thinking that suppose my honest opinion about something is not appreciated by somebody, I may not just get a differing opinion, which of course is truly enlightening for me, as many a times these differing thoughts have made me look at the same issue from a different way...but I may be abused and my integrity might be questioned...

Is it that we don't know how to differ? or we feel anonymity grants us the freedom to use a language and expression which can be very hurting and painful...

As much as the world pays attention and respects to my comments, I also do the same to the world and maybe that is why I read offensive comments about me as much as I read the ones that appreciate me..

 


2 comments:

  1. There are how many blind people in this country , 2 billion I say ! There are how many unblessed people in this country , 2 billion I think ! There are how many irresponsible people in this country , may be 2 billion ! There are how many Selfish people in this country , about two billion ! There are deaf people in this country , 2 billion or there about ! There are how many dumb people in this country , well , 2 billion ! There are how many uncompassionate people in this country , umm 2 billion ! There are how many illogical people in this country , precisely 2 billion ! Now You all must be thinking what am I talking about ! Huh ! Then Yes You are assured that I am right in my senses and I believe what I am talking about is true ! Why wouldn't it be true after all Yes our country people our blind because it certainly seems they cant see what is happening to Women in this country everyday , Yes they are deaf because they have not been able to listen to even one of the shrill cries of Women in this country who get raped everyday , Yes we country people our dumb because none of our voices get heard when the rapists brutally rape Women everyday ! Yes we are not responsible because , isn't it our responsibility as humans first and then as citizens to protect our country's Women ! Yes we are uncompassionate because none of us has ever shed a single tear for a Women who got raped in some corner of our country , because none of our hearts cried listening to the cries of a Women who was inhumanly , cruelly raped by seven men one after the other ! Yes we are illogical , because if any there have been such steps taken to stop rapes which have been completely fruitless and they were because they were nothing but good for nothing , non sense ! Today I am creating this page hoping for a response , an idea , a hope coming from somewhere from all of us ! Come everyone let us join together , let us not be blind , deaf , dumb , ignorant and uncompassionate , come let us get together , make a cohesive unbreakable strong force that can stop , stop our Sisters , our Daughters , our Mothers , our Friends , Our Life partners and as Humans every other Women in this country from getting raped ! Please come together , and share Your opinions and thoughts and ideas on how can we achieve this dream of living in a rape free India and let all the Women live in a secure , respectful and dignified World ! Come let us start the initiative of respecting Women ! Remember every Women whom we may be able to save in the future will be endlessly Thankful to You ! :)
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