Only humans are capable of free speech, and those who value free speech have freedom. The rest are slaves. They may be slaves to a religious authority or a political authority, but slaves none the less. The whoremasters who try to take away the right to free speech under the pretext that it may be offensive to some are the worst enemies of human dignity and freedom.
For centuries, the people of India have endured foreign rule. The lack of freedom — especially that of free speech — has fundamentally altered the character of the average Indian leader. Out of sheer disuse, he (or she) has forgotten how essential a freedom it is. Cowering before authority has become part of their nature. Sometimes they stoop lower than they have been ordered to. Some in India wish to be more Catholic than the Pope, even though the Pope does not directly rule India, and wish to be more Roman than the Italians.
Banning books and movies is a hoary tradition in India when it comes to the sentiments of the so-called “religious minorities.” Dhimmitude apparently is a part of the DNA of some Indians.
The main stream media will probably not have the guts to tell it to the leaders like it should. We, the average citizens, have to speak up and express our disgust at the craven surrender of our freedom that is at the core of being a free human.
Back in 1995, the US congress had attempted cybercensorship by inserting language in a telecommunications reform bill which would ban “indecent speech” which is “harmful to minors.” One cyber newspaper, the American Reporter, took the principled stance that it would challenge the bill because it violated the First Amendment to the US Constitution. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were not slaves and gave themselves the freedom that free people enjoy. The attempt to erode that freedom drew vigorous response from free people. I especially like the way the American Reporter editorial said it in an Indecent Comment on an Indecent Subject. I think Americans are a free people because they are willing to fight for their freedom.
We, on the other hand, are only too eager to roll over. They will ban the movie The Da Vinci Code. The road out of serfdom is an uphill road too difficult for the shackled to traverse.