At the annual India Conference, that took place recently at the
Harvard University in Boston, Kamal Haasan spoke about freedom of
speech among many other things.
"You can speak, rap and curse and also use parliamentary
language to show off your education. That's the kind of freedom
enjoyed here," he said during his keynote address.
Speaking about democracy, the National Award-winning film-maker
said, "Democracy is often touted as the only bastion for freedom of
speech. My opinion is questioned when I tell them democracy is not
the most infallible of political system."
On the flip side, he also reminded his audience that freedom of
speech cannot be taken for granted, "It is only through the offices
of democracy that Adolf Hitler rose to power."
Speaking about democracy in India, the Nayakan actor
said, "I am proud of the kind of democracy we have managed to
practice in spite of many attempts to abuse it. India is a younger
democracy as compared to the centuries old democracy practiced in
UK and USA."