IS ARTISTIC FREEDOM LIMITLESS?SALMAN RUSHDIE-ISSUE STIRRED THE DEBATE!

ART LIBERATES!ART GIVES AN OUTLET FOR ALL THAT ARE SUPPRESSED INSIDE OUR INDIVIDUAL PLUS COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS!
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IS A UNIVERSAL HUMAN-RIGHT AND WITHOUT THIS ARTISTIC-CREATIVITY IS NOT POSSIBLE!
AT THE SAME TIME WE OUGHT TO PONDER WHETHER FREE-SPEECH IS LIMITLESS OR IS ,RATHER,SHOULD BE RESTRAINED UNDER EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES?
SENSIBILITIES OF PEOPLE DO MATTER AND,OUR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION BECOMES UNREASONABLE WHEN IT AMOUNTS TO HURT OR INSULT THE SENSIBILITIES OF ANY SECTION OF SOCIETY!
AN ARTIST OUGHT TO TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT BEFORE HE/SHE EMBARKS ON THE CREATIVE-JOURNEY!
SIR SALMAN RUSHDIE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN JAIPUR LITERARY FESTIVAL DUE TO EXTREME PRESSURE EXERTED BY A SECTION OF MUSLIMS WHO VIEW RUSHDIE’S BOOK: ‘THE SATANIC-VERSES’ AS ANTI-ISLAM AND,THEREFORE BLASPHAMOUS!
INDIAN GOVT. DID NOT SPEAK ANYTHING!IT SHOULD HV . .!RUSHDIE WROTE OTHER BOOKS ALSO.HE FREELY CAME N WENT INDIA MANY TIMES BEFORE!
WHY THIS TIME SUCH HYPER REACTION?
RUSHDIE WAS NOT TO SPEAK ON ‘THE SATANIC-VERSES’,INSTEAD,HE WAS TO SPEAK ON HIS ‘MAGNUM-OPUS’ -‘MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN’!IT IS REALLY BAD TO SEE HOW A SECTION OF MINORITY COMMUNITY HELD THE INDIAN GOVT. TO RANSOM!
IN ABSENCE,RUSHDIE,REMAINED THE MOST PRESENT AT JAIPUR LITERARY FESTIVAL!
IT HAS BEEN 23 YEARS SINCE INDIA BANNED ‘THE SATANIC-VERSES’.
INDIAN GOVT. OUGHT TO REVIEW ITS APPROACH AND IT SHOULD UNBAN THE WORK.

MRITYUNJAY JHA
SAMASTIPUR
BIHAR, INDIA.
MJ1982M@facebook.com

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