The idea of freedom

If a person cannot walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm, then that person is living in a fear society, not a free society. We cannot rest until every person living in a “fear society” has finally won their freedom. [Town Square Test

I have been reading a lot about Pramod Muthalik and his Ram Sene in Goan newspapers and popular forums. Pramod Muthalik shot to fame when his goons entered a pub and beat up girls. According to him it was some violation of Hindu culture which he thought needs protecting.

Modifying the Town Square Test , I have a Pub Beating Test. Which goes like this

If you can walk into a pub and beat up girls and still get away with it, you live in the lawless society of assholes.

Ram Sene is perfectly well within its right to come to Goa and setup its units. If the government stops them from doing so, we are not a free society but a society that is hostile to unpopular ideas.

What however Ram Sene should not be allowed to do is to beat up anyone. It is when the do those sort of things, only then government can interfere.

Let us see what Parrikar would do.

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