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We Could Be In Far More Trouble If The Intelligentsia Were Silent: A Historical View

The autumn of 1975 was a turbulent one. It was the autumn when Emergency was imposed. Having resigned from the office of Additional Solicitor General of India in protest against its imposition, the celebrated jurist Fali S Nariman would spend his quiet evenings at Delhi's Nehru Park, occasionally joined in his walks by the then High Commissioner of Australia Mr Bruce Grant. In his autobiography, Nariman recounts a conversation in which Grant told him of Indira Gandhi's amazement "at the lack of reaction among the intelligentsia" to the Emergency.

Why Writers Need To Stop Turning On Other Writers Returning Their Awards

The writers who returned their awards to make a powerful statement have had their integrity questioned, their gesture mocked and their motives questioned. In the cacophony of discordant voices, has everyone missed the irony of the fact that these writers were protesting against the intolerance that now shrouds India? Are they not right? Have we respected their decision? Have we allowed them the right to express themselves in the way in which they wanted to?

The Shameful Double Standards Of India's Intelligentsia On Secularism And Free Speech

The growing chorus of high-decibel protest from Sahitya Akademi awardees against the perceived rise of intolerance and a threat to free speech serves to underline the crass hypocrisy, blatant double standards and jaundiced perspective that define a certain section of our intellectual community; theirs is a false patois that has corrupted Indian secularism and reduced it to a term of abuse. Scrutinised objectively, this ostensible act of moral activism is a Machiavellian shenanigan; a crafty ploy that hypes unfortunate incidents to assert ideological supremacy and derail a progressive government intent on development.