Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan delivered a speech in Annual India Conference Harvard USA regarding “Freedom of Speech”. Speaking at the event, Kamal Haasan said, ‘Before starting I honestly submit that I am a school dropout but the process of learning brought me here. In his keynote address, the Kamal, who is a part of the reform committee that is going to recommend changes in the functioning of Central Board of Film Certification in India, said freedom of speech should not be taken for granted.The actor spoke how freedom of speech is not automatically guaranteed In a democracy and what the people in a democracy should do to safeguard it.
“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.. I cannot deny the fact that only in a democracy can freedom of speech exist Freedom unlike money is not safe once inside a bank locker. It won’t safely accrue to be withdrawn for use in times of dire need. Constant vigil is necessary to safe guard it. 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 I have taken this opportunity to put on record through media and those receptive minds here that we cannot take freedom of speech for granted and complacently think that democracy automatically. Not only India, but the world is in transition. The world is going to face new challenges, find new opportunities. We want India not to be complacent, but set world standards. I have taken the opportunity to put on record here and in India we can’t take freedom of speech for granted and complacently think that democracy automatically means freedom of speech,” Haasan said.