The fragile society

It is sad that in the name of law-and-order, various state governments are banning films, books, etc. In a democracy, diverse points of view have every right to be expressed openly. One may disagree with them but to stifle dissenting voices is taking things too far. Vishwaroopam is the latest on a long list of films which have not been allowed to be screened on the pretext of hurting the sentiments of one particular community or another. The real tragedy is that Tamil Nadu is not known for communal clashes. Yes, there have been caste wars, but Hindus and Muslims have lived in harmony. The state is full of places which have temples and mosques side-by-side. A popular hanuman temple in Chennai is in Mosque Street, so named because of the mosque next to the temple. There is also a church a few buildings away. Is such a society so fragile that it can be hurt by works of art or by thought?

sushila.ravindranath@expressindia.com

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