It’s right to offend that makes speech free

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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