So some internet sites have been blocked and amongst other things, now some users are not able to access any wordpress.com blogs.
But what about the speeches that non-internet users hear?
Let me share some bits from a conversation with an auto-wala. What do you think of the speeches that convinced him of all this (and worse)?
The autowala: They have four-four wives and ten-ten children, they want to increase their numbers and become the majority and make us a minority in our own Bharat. Age chal kar inhika raj chalne wala hai… siwai ek Gujarat ke har jagah inhiki chalti hai. (They are going to rule in the coming years, apart from Gujarat, they get there way everywhere) [Possible influence: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3419147.ece?homepage=true]
IHM: The more the education, awareness and opportunities, the less the chances of anybody having children they can’t feed and educate.
My mom’s maid, a Hindu, has had eight children; my one cook, also Hindu, had six kids. My one maid in Kerala had only two daughters – she was educated, and had been to Dubai. And most middle class Indians I know have one or two children, no matter what their religion.
He had a lot more to say. I disagreed politely, and in the end he expressed what I am sure he always suspected,
The autowala: These neta-log (political leaders) care for no one but their kursi (votes).
IHM: True. 😡
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Speeches are also made against some Indian citizens or ‘outsiders’ (often Biharis and North Indians) in Maharashtra.
And let’s not even begin about the statements that convey support to violence and crimes against women. 😦
Since it’s almost impossible to control what people hear, maybe it would help if they could also hear the other side?
By this logic, should it be free speech for all, for those who spread hate and violence, and those who fight to spread peace?
What do you think?