This blog that you started is not a small thing. I realised this when I saw the impact bloggers can have on significant events and the power to change history. It gives us the biggest weapon. V.O.I.C.E. It lets you state an opinion, debate an issue, support a good cause and even to take a stand against an issue. It could be a popular or unpopular voice. But, it is yours.
Just like in Facebook / Twitter, it is very easy to write a blog post. You sit in the comfort of your home, write about something and then just hit the Publish button. Well, you can do it from anywhere. And bam! The post is on internet for millions of users to read. It is unedited, unrestricted and straight from the heart. All you need is a smart phone or computer with an internet connection to send it out to the whole wide world.
As long as, there is no abuse, but a reasonable, logical and methodical voice, it is a strong voice.
The voice is quite far reaching with the combination of other social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube. It is no longer a fad. Blogging has been around for more than a decade and looks like it is here to stay.
The recent Salman Khan movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan also demonstrated the use of popular social media which is used to help the girl find her family. Perhaps, if Bajrangi were a blogger, all he needed to have done was make a blog post with a YouTube video and send it across to Pakistan, he would probably not have had to endure the hardships he faced, not to mention the risks to the child.
So, when I read news about bloggers being attacked/lynched/killed by some obscure activists, I always thanked myself that its not in my country. There is a long list of countries that has attacked/killed/lynched/kidnapped a blogger in recent times.
But, with the recent killings in India of emminent writers like Kalburgi, Dabholkar, Pansare, it will be just a matter of time before some of these activists start reading blogs and get offended. Soon, we may hear about some blogger being attacked in the country.
Does the thought scare me? Of course! It does. To the extent that my family has warned me from writing about anything against popular opinions, community, religion, politics. In effect, virtually gagged.
So, this is what it looks like now. Do I have the right of freedom of speech? Yes. Can I use it? Yes. Only, if it is to support me. Else. You maybe attacked. But, for this you are to be blamed. What you wrote infuriated me so much, that I had to attack you.
My only wish is that my country does not spiral down that path. India has thrived on pluralism and diversity. It is because we were more receptive of such diverse ideologies due to trade, invasions and influence of various religions, and taking the best knowledge and learnings from them, that we are still standing tall with our culture since pre-historic times. Surely, without change, we would have stagnated and died along the way.
Let there be voices of dissent. Let there be an argument. Let there be a debate. And let the best idealogies win. Let us all progress.
I am participating in Blog Action Day 2015 and this year’s theme is “Raise your voice”. Write Tribe, a writer’s support group has got us all together for this initiative. If you are writing, you can link up your post there.