Anurag Kashyap is one among those celebs who speak their mind without fear. In other words, he is a person who has always shared his opinions freely. So, when the news came that he is getting rid
of his twitter account citing threats to his family because of his tweets, this not only came as a shock but we also felt a big disappointment in the state of affairs regarding free speech in a democracy. Below are his last two tweets, prior to deleting the Twitter account.
On August 10th, he announced his decision to quit social media and tweeted,
“When your parents start to get calls and your daughter gets online threats then you know no one wants to talk. There is going to be no reason or rationale. Thugs will rule and thuggery will be the new way of life. Congratulations everyone on this new India and hope you thrive.” (sic)
His second tweet read,
“When I won’t be allowed to speak my mind without fear, I would rather not speak at all.” (sic)
Just recently, Anurag along with 49 other public personalities wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister of India: Narendra Modi talking about the increasing rate of hate crimes in the country.
As per a Firstpost report, he has been receiving death threats since then. It didn’t stop at that, nine of the signatories to the letter addressed to PM Modi, had criminal cases registered against them.
Anurag gave an explanation that had those reasons that forced him to take this decision. He said,
“When threats go beyond the online [world] and reach your family, it’s time to call it off. I wish the best to this country and people, and everyone celebrating this new India. Unko mubarak ho. I will go be an ostrich and bury my head in the sand and do my work.”
Anurag has taken a right decision as it is directly related to his family’s safety and security, as he is responsible for the same and his actions shall not bring any harm to them.
But one thing he must not forget, learning from the past, that free speech has never come free, it always costs and those who are ready to pay that price, only their voices are able to bring about some change and in the process get recorded in the books of history. Be it Martin Luther King Jr. from the west and Father Of The Nation: Mahatma Gandhi from the east.