We live in a world of social media, where everything is virtually connected.
Everything is available and accessible in the world of social media, whether it is about reading the top news headlines or seeing the highest followers on Twitter and Instagram.
But, there is a question which is blooming at a rapid pace, right under our noses.
I’m talking about the “freedom” of our freedom of speech.
Is it getting exercised for our well-being or turning into something dangerous?
As per Article 19(2), freedom of speech is our fundamental right.
It protects the rights of an individual’s speech without censoring it or retaliating it. Sounds easy, right?
In this article, I will talk about the pros and cons of how our freedom of speech is exercised.
The Good Side: Everyone can express his/her views, opinions, suggestions freely. We can easily read all the great novels and books written by prominent authors like Chetan Bhagat, Vikram Seth or Arundhati Roy. Newspapers and Prime-time News Channels can openly debate on any topic, keeping us updated with everything.
We can watch Shinchan, Chhota Bheem on our TV or Binge watch Netflix freely. It seems like everybody’s paradise, but is it so?
Now, coming to the bad side of the topic.
There are activists, journalists,media-moguls, lawyers and even academic institutions who believe that this freedom of speech is being misused.
And why not?
- Rise of Hate Speech
Whether it was the daunting incidence of Delhi-riots due to CAA protests or the gruesome killings of people on the name of religion and casteism, the root cause is this Hate Speech.
Nowadays, it is spreading in our country as “wildfire“, destroying everything on its way.
Their believers consider themselves to be above our laws, but soon, they are not going to be sparred.
I’m just waiting for that glorious moment like you all.
2. The Anti-Democrats
Social Media has become the hub for spreading rumours by these people.
Do they even have sympathy for those whom they have hurt through their hate comments or trolled unnecessary!
Sometimes, it results in a life-dead situation.
But, are those anti-democrats actually stopping?
3. Mob Lynching
The newspapers are filled with them. Who can forget the mob-lynching incident in Maharashtra, which claimed the lives of two priests? What was their fault? Nothing. It was the angry mob instigated by hate speeches and rumours, which made them commit this “heinous” crime.
There is an ample number of examples on these kinds of incidents. But there are very few people who raise voice against it.
Salute to all the journalists, media people , activists and policemen who are risking their lives every day to curb this problem.
Therefore, before concluding my article, I would like to request you all to stand up against these people who are constantly trying to hamper the peace and solidarity of our great society.
Exercising freedom is easy but fighting for it is difficult. Just think of all the pains our freedom fighters endured to make our country independent.
Till then, Stay safe and Happy Learning!