Towards achieving a better sense of humour in Indian societies
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Have you ever felt scared to post something online, because of the fact that people may harm you due to the post? Have you felt scared to voice out your opinion because of the fact that it's just that? YOUR OPINION?
We live in the second most populated country in the world, which may change in the coming years. We, the People and Government of India, have been labelled the largest democracy in the world, The question is, are we really living up to that Reputation?
In recent times, the resolve of the people and the government has been tested by the various events in our surroundings, and i'm very emotional in saying this but we fail every time.
One of the biggest freedom our constitution grants us is the Freedom to Speech and Expression. It does bear some limitations, but it tells us that we have the right to question and speak out. A democracy cannot function without this freedom.
But this freedom is being hampered by a lack of humour in our society. Nobody takes things in their stride and moves on. They get offended and use means unthinkable of, to prove their point. It really is starting to feel like the only people who can criticise anything are the people closed in a room with one guy standing up, but remember that also failed once, with the offended party also being okay with it. "Cough" The AIB Roast.
We have a Parliament, where if, anyone speaks something even slightly hurting someone else's own personal dilemma, they would start hurling sandals or cause chaos during the session. Our Parliament should take a lesson from the British Parliament as they turn those insults into a funny gesture and have a good back and forth at it.
I talked to a Jaisalmeri recently about Padmavati as well, while most are scared to even open their mouth about the topic in Rajasthan. They have pride about their queen, but he had accepted the fact that the movie will release somehow or the other in Rajasthan, and the limits to which the protestors had taken it was really a bad call. This was just a movie, what if someone opens their mouth about the protestors themselves on national media? That's close to a death wish. Now we will know if someone learnt the lesson when Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika approaches.
We look around everywhere, and in foreign lands like the US, there is such a high level of humour amongst people that even the President of the US is criticised and he takes it on the chin. Can we as ordinary people have that here? Are our news journalists the only ones that have a right to criticise politicians on media? Are we, as the general public, relevant only during the elections? The Politicians themselves need to open their ears to us and learn to listen to criticism whether it be at the national level or the state level or even the district.
The solution lies in strengthening and taking action against those who are shutting down the people who are trying to open up! The government needs to empower the general public to speak their minds without fear of retribution. Empower the regulatory bodies so that they can pass judgement without fear.
Having a better sense of humour starts with yourself. When you look at yourself in the mirror and have a laugh about your imperfections, that is when the change starts and truly all change starts with us.
I've made this petition to try to change the way our society thinks. We need to open up, because if we don't open up to change now, our country will never progress in the direction we want it to.
Wishing for a more light hearted future!
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