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Killing of scribes detrimental to India’s democratic values

Wednesday - October 4, 2017 9:39 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

Killing of scribes detrimental to India’s democratic values


India is the world’s largest democracy but it should not remain so just in papers. Press freedom is a precious legacy India has celebrated over the years. If journalists are killed just for airing views which are against the views of a particular community or belief system, then it is certainly a sign of a degenerating society.

A progressive nation is more accommodative of divergent views and such diversity of opinions only enriches the democratic process because it makes people think and evolve newer and better ways to make society a happier and safer place to be in. If views are killed, then broadness of horizon is stifled and chances of fresh ideas that can come through dialogue and debate get nipped in the bud. 

Civilisation is a constant evolutionary process and evolution comes through the diversity of thoughts. A society that does not evolve and create out of itself, is lost and doomed. We must guard against such a pitfall. Self-criticism is not exactly self-deprecation. It is more an introspection and a way to improve things in oneself and around oneself. 

Every citizen of India has the right to criticise his country and government up to permissible limits which force the powers to be to do the right things and correct themselves if they are wrong. If blinded by adulation and self-aggrandisement, we may lose our course and do things which may, in the end, make our society regressive.  

Journalists have not only the right but also the duty to show society and the government the right path. If journalists don’t do their duty with honesty, they deserve condemnation but killing or silencing them is brutal and utterly abominable. Not that all journalists are fair or correct, but that is society is all about. Nobody is absolutely right but that doesn’t mean we don’t give ourselves a chance to hear them.

 We may democratically criticise them too but again, punishing someone for holding a view different from ours’ is immoral, unethical and sinful. This is a sign of cowardice and megalomania. The recent murders of journalists have highlighted the issue nationally and debates are rife as to the way out to uphold press freedom and freedom of speech. It is true that journalists and citizens should restraint caution and discretion in using the public platform to initiate a labelling or slandering narrative against any individual, organisation or the government because that vitiates the atmosphere and spreads a feeling of negativity or revenge. 

But again, murder is neither a solution nor a sanctioned method to eliminate dissenting voices. In a vibrant democratic society, voices of dissent and anti-establishment will always be there and ultimately they are good for society because new ideas and visions come out of these deliberations and war of words. The government must do all possible to ensure press freedom is maintained and a healthy dialogue always remains a part of our social discourse.-Window To News
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