New Delhi: Veteran actor Kamal Haasan who has ocean of fan following and has inspired many with his body of work, recently spoke at the Harvard University.
Read what brilliant points the actor made:
''Freedom of speech is unlike love. Love as popularly quoted, is never having to say that you are sorry. With freedom of speech you must be ready to say as many things as you need to before you say sorry. That too only when are truly convinced you are, sorry that is.''
''You can speak, rap and curse and also use parliamentary language to show off your education. That’s the kind of freedom enjoyed here. Is that freedom of speech? Is that freedom enough? Hyde park in London, centuries ago allowed somewhat similar freedom. It was called soap box oratory and allowed speaking opportunity.''
''Democracy is often touted as being the only bastion for freedom of speech. My opinion is questioned when I tell them Democracy is not the most infallible of political systems. They take umbrage. They see red. Red as my political complexion.''
''Let me confess I am not. I feed myself in this international buffet of political ideologies never committed to one diet like a religion. I think, like in food habit, man should remain omnivorous to stay on top of the food chain.''
''I don’t have a religion yet I shamelessly use some rare but finer points from even religion for a better living and harmony. I don’t think that either democracy, communism or fascism or any other "isms" is going to be the ultimate and final answer for all social maladies. We have in our short 10 thousand year period of time experimented with various combinations.''
''Our society is work in progress. Some scientists believe that human mind itself is work in progress. So I am unwilling to accept any one political ideology as a settled cure for all our woes. I am always usually sternly informed that I cannot deny the fact that only in a democracy can freedom of speech exist.''
''I am part of that large vigilant community that is always on the lookout, for subtle political coercion. That is the reason why I am willingly part of the reform committee In India that is going to recommend a new order of function for the film certification board that surreptitiously tries to censor films and other voices in the name of culture or the state. I am not here to bash democracy or praise communism or socialism.''
''Ahimsa is difficult to achieve. It is not done by merely turning vegetarian. Being a vegetarian and yet showing apathy to fellow human beings is purpose defeated.''
''We want India to set world standards. We have done it before. We have be forerunners and actual practitioners of the civil disobedience.''
''The only difference and a happy compensation was that I was earning throughout the process of learning instead of spending on my education. I guess that is a good trade off.''