Is India a bad country because its politicians are so corrupt that they will steal a roti from a malnourished dying child or is it a great nation because its people for thousands for years have shown resilience through ahimsa despite its violent rulers..I think it is the latter.
An impromptu debate on Salman Rushdie at Jaipur lit festivals where Indians rally to support free speech,be it in favour of Rushdie or against him, but to decide through debates!
The reality was that the ruling corrupt Congress facing tough prospects in UP state elections (where 16% are Muslims and a target vote bank for Congress) played dirty games(as always) to stop Rushdie from coming for electoral gains.
There was some good quotes that I caught at JLF, couple of them in the exact words but more or less meaning it.. "We don't need to protect God, God protects us, We don't need to fight for God, God fights for us..." and another one related to Rushdie.."movies are banned for various reasons either temporarily or permanently, but we don't ban the movie director or the other movies of the director, so keep the ban on Satanic verses, but why the ban on Rushdie.."
A great video, that Indians should be proud of, and support free speech! - An open debate on freedom of expression and tolerance -Tehelka