What exactly is freedom of speech? How does one exercise it and defend it? More importantly, why does it matter? And why should you, as a citizen, care about it? In our latest podcast series, Awaaz Do, Neha Mathews attempts to answer these questions through conversations with activists, lawyers, artists and others, and uncovers the various ways in which our free speech is restricted.
For the finale of Awaaz Do, we look at how people are fighting to defend freedom of speech and expression across communities in India. Dalit hip hop artist Sumeet Samos talks about how music gave him a platform to talk about caste issues. Human rights campaigner Shabnam Hashmi discusses the power of cultural resistance. Ex Jadavpur University student Srishti Dutta Chowdhury talks about the Hok Kolorob movement in Kolkata, which saw thousands of people stand in solidarity with a sexual assault victim from her university. Raman Jit Singh Chima draws the spotlight on how digital rights activists are fighting to preserve free speech on the internet. Last, we ask people what they would say if they could speak freely.
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