What Churchill said about buildings—we shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us—is equally true for ideas. Further, bad ideas always result in deplorable situations. Like the one we have today: that free speech does not include the right to offend the sensibilities or hurt the sentiments of any group. As a consequence, politicians holding high office, and not just from the Bharatiya Janata Party, are openly favouring illiberal elements on the Padmavati issue; worse, they have almost abdicated their Constitutional duties to let a creative person himself and to throw ruffians behind bars.
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