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."