India is a country where many unexpected things keep happening. There are times when commoners are sent behind the bars for protesting their political views on the social media.
Well, it came a no surprise when 3 separate complaints were racked up against web series Sacred Games for allegedly defaming Rajiv Gandhi.
Well, what was more surprising to see was Rajiv Gandhi who defended the show and put up a tweet to express his views on it.
His tweet read, “BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right.
My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that.#SacredGames.”
Rahul’s mature response won hearts and it was as simple as it had to be. No one is championing Rahul Gandhi as he belongs to India’s biggest political parties. But this particular matter has to get its own credit even if you are a supporter of politics or not. Because it's not a case of politics as much as it is a case of human rights.
Rajiv Gandhi was one of the leaders of the Congress Party. He did some good and some bad things as we all know and the series shows this.
These kinds of spontaneous cases have become commonplace in the country and are an effective tactic to tighten the noose around criticism and dissent.
Most politicos exploit these sorts of circumstances, utilizing it as a PR stunt, and try to create hatred among their own particular supporters.
It didn't seem like the honed and scheming tone of a politician, yet of a man who comprehends that the right to speak freely is a standout amongst the most critical principles of popular government.
It's very important that a politician in the limelight is highlighting the importance of free speech.
Bollywood’s famous personalities like Swara Bhasker and Anurag Kashyap lauded Rahul’s response.
Swara Bhasker tweeted and wrote, “It is impressive that a mainstream politician like @RahulGandhi is taking this clear & progressive stand on freedom of expression & censorship. Also, it’s gracious & mature that he is able to set aside the personal for the larger goal of democratic rights. #CreditWhereDue.”
While director Anurag tweeted and wrote, “That’s a yay ...”