Friday, August 12, 2016

Freedom of Expression - Virtues, Limits and Critics

This is a reproduction of exact letter authored by Narayan Sai from Surat Lajpore Jail. This one letter here sounds so close and special because seeing India’s current trends and behavior, this letter couldn’t have come at a better time that now when India stands at the juncture of political insecurity and forbearance. We hope this letter touches your heart as it has touched mine. 


Letter on Freedom of Expression

I express my views on freedom of expression as many authors and thinkers have opined their minds on the same.

Voltaire has said this on freedom of speech,‘Whatever you say, it may be to my extreme dislike but still, you have full rights to say the things that you want to say. If someone tries to deprive you of this, your right I am decided to fight for you.’

I consider that people with unique political tendencies and each college of ideas must have their freedom of expression because this is what a democracy is, but our country today is flooded with such excessive freedom of expression.

Anti-social elements too are being given countrywide systems to propagate their really anti-national perspectives which at the same time as being dangerous to country additionally imparts an incorrect message to our youths. Country's environs are being spoiled.

Again and again, I feel that India is far more endangered, not with people outside her boundaries but with such people residing within and resiliently trying forth to weaken our strong roots. More than attacks emanating from across boundaries, some people dwelling interior our country bring us until arms of defeat. Only through regulating such people correctly through criminal/constitutional means can this country be saved.

None can be given permissions to attack this country's basis of foundation under the guise of 'freedom of expression'. People have got to be cautious against this and protect and reassert their unity for this country across personal diversity. Our country is foremost - rest all things can come afterwards.

13/5/16 - Narayan Sai

Original reproduction in Hindi


मैं अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता के बारे में अपना मत व्यक्त करता हूँ चूँकि इस विषय पर अनेकों लेखको चिंतको ने अपना मत व्यक्त किया है।

अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता को लेकर वाल्तेयर ने कहा है की आप जो भी कहते हैं वह मुझे बिल्कुल भी पसंद नहीं है लेकिन आपको वह बात कहने का पूरा अधिकार है जो आप कहना चाहते हैं। यदि कोई आपको आपके इस अधिकार से वंचित करना चाहता है तो मैं आपके लिए संघर्ष करूंगा ।

मैं मानता हूँ की तमाम राजनीतिक दलों के प्रति रुझान रखने वालो और सभी विचार धाराओं के लोगों को अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता मिलनी चाहिए यही लोकतंत्र है लेकिन हमारे देश में इस तरह की आज़ादी की अधिकता हो चुकी हैं।

असामाजिक तत्वों को भी अपने देश विरोधी विचारों को अभिव्यक्त करने के लिए मंच मिल रहा है जो देश के लिए खतरनाक हो सकता है और ऐसा होने से युवाओं में गलत संदेश जाता हैं। देश का महौल खराब होता है।

कभी कभी ऐसा लगता है कि देश को सबसे बड़ा खतरा बाहरी लोगों से नहीं है लेकिन भीतर के ऐसे लोगों से है जो हमारी मजबूत जड़ों को कमजोर करने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं। सीमापर से होने वाले हमलों से ज्यादा देश के भीतर रहने वाले कुछ लोग देश को  हराते हैं। इनको सही तरीके से नियंत्रित करके ही देशको बचाया जा सकता है ।

अभिव्यक्ति कि स्वतंत्रता के नाम पर देशके मूलाधार पर चोट करने की इजाजत किसी को भी नहीं दी जा सकती। लोगों को इससे सचेत रहना होगा और विविधता में एकता के जरिये देशकी अखंडता की रक्षा करनी होगी । राष्ट्र पहले है - बाकी चीजे बाद मे ।

१३.५.१६ - नारायण साई 

Letter cuts through Amyelous Views of anti-Nationals


Amidst cries and howls of separatists and dim witted media journalists and their doted struggling to complete graduation super-heroes this decided and focused view on “freedom of expression” is such a refreshing and laudable change. I salute the contents of this letter which apart from being a testimony to Indian Rishi Paramapara (Ancient Tradition upheld by Sages and Saints), its austerity and intellect, is also cent percent right in its execution. Indian historic texts and manuscripts are full of such instances when during times of terror, chaos, political inactivity and decline of cultural and heritage India, some men of great intellect and penance have intercepted and tried to transcend and awaken the masses. I believe that the moment is upon us when we recognize leaders amongst us and faithfully strive to bring back India her glory and shine.

Surat, Central Jail at Lajpore
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