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8 Reminders That India Is A Beautiful Democracy With Perfect Freedom Of Expression, I Love My India

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Hello, reader. Join me in celebrating India's freedom of expression, which is perfectly intact. There are no problems here. We are lucky to live in such a free and functional democracy. I am typing these words because I genuinely believe them, of course, and not because I am afraid I will be beaten or arrested for saying otherwise. Yeh mera India. I love my India.

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Below, I have chronicled a few incidents from 2016 that reminded me of how mature and truly democratic we are as a nation. East or west, India is the best!

1. When a comedian's Snapchat face-swap got the precise reaction it warranted.

Tanmay Bhat

You may say it was just a bit of frivolous fun and, ideally, shouldn't have occupied multiple political parties' 100% time and energy for a week, become the centre of national debate, and incited threats of physical violence.

I say: You crazy, bro? Shh.

2. When the Punjab government and censor board made the correct decisions about a mainstream film aiming to shed light on the state's drug issue.

Balaji Motion Pictures

They actually issued 89 cuts to the movie AND mandated that it be released without mention of Punjab... BUT. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY. DON'T LET ANYBODY TELL YOU OTHERWISE. ALL OF THIS MAKES SENSE.

3. When actor Kiku Sharda got an appropriate reaction for his mimicry of self-proclaimed godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Via indianexpress.com

He was sent to jail for a night and ultimately issued an apology just so he could GTFO and go home...

Just as things should be in a functional democracy. I would never suggest otherwise. Jai Hind!

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4. When the film Aligarh was literally banned in Aligarh for its portrayal of real-life events that took place in Aligarh.

Eros Entertainment

SOME would argue that this is honestly the dumbest fucking shit of all time and that these decisions seem like they're being made by people who have NO FUCKING CONCEPT of what is and isn't productive for Indian society to progress.

And THEY would be beaten up for it.

PERSONALLY, I believe this is correct. What a great decision. I am a patriotic Indian.

5. When journalist Rana Ayyub wrote a book about one of India's most pivotal political moments in recent memory, and got an apt reaction.

Rana Ayyub

For months now, she has been relentlessly attacked and threatened online for her reporting of events in Gujarat during Modi's chief ministership.

BUT WHO AM I TO SAY THAT IS WRONG? HOW DARE SHE? HUM LOGO KO SAMAJH SAKO TO SAMJHO DILBAR JAANI. JITNA BHI TUM SAMJHOGE UTNI HOGI HAIRANI. PHIR BHI DIL HAI HINDUSTANI. PHIR BHI DIL HAI HINDUSTANI.

7. When our censors protected us from FILTHY western influences like curse words and shirtless male torsos.

Thank you, vigilant censors.

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मुकुट हिमालय इसका सुन्दर

धोता इसके चरण समुन्दर।

गंगा यमुना की जल धारा

जिससे है पावन जग सारा

अन्न फूल फल सब हैं प्यारे

इसके रत्न जवाहर न्यारे।

राम कृष्ण हैं अन्तरयामी

इसके सभी पुत्र हैं नामी।

हम सदैव इसके गुण गायें

सब मिल इसका सुयश सुनायें॥

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