“Freedom is not something one people can bestow on another as a gift. They claim it as their own and none can keep it from them”
In the process of reflecting life one of the major duties of literature and writers is to fight against injustice and give voice to the voiceless. Since time immemorial denial of justice and oppression on powerless by the mighty has been an inseparable ingredient of life. Time and time again writers, thinkers and activists have not failed in showing their greatest resistance against it.
All activists are not writers, but in my view all writers (literary) are activists-if they agree with it or not- in one or the other way. At least through their writing they constantly and directly or indirectly voice against an injustice or oppression.
One of the major such oppressions mushroomed these days especially in the new millennium is moral policing. It is nothing but a religious, political or social group assume themselves as morally superior and try to inflict their moral code upon others. Now in India these types of incidents are increasing and the major victims are women.
Attacking the younger generation especially women attending parties, attacking media, attacking and killing activists, belittling women by clipping their churidars and what not are the examples of some recently spreading moral policing menace. Why these are happening in a mass these days? Perhaps these are happening mainly because of fast economic and social changes. The powerless who have been suppressed traditionally are in the process of emancipation which is a grain of sand in the eyes of the powerful who have enjoyed suppressing them so far.
It is high time writers and generous thinkers fight against this unjustifiable moral policing. It can be done through enabling the people to think openly and generously and understand individual freedom. Positive and open social change is inevitable when an otherwise ignorant society learn to think. It can be of course stopped with a Thaliban like intervention for the worse. Do we need that in India?