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Freedom of speech should be exercised: Gopal Krishna Gandhi

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Former on Monday said freedom of thought and expression needs to be exercised fearlessly in the country.

The senior statesman, who was conferred the D Litt at the convocation of here said, "It is of vital importance that the freedom of thought and expression, freedom of speech and writing be exercised fearlessly in our country."

Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, said fear is inconsistent with democracy.

"Those who have the capacity to think, as all of us do, have the responsibility to think responsibly, to write in freedom without being bullied by anybody," Gandhi, who had been the Indian to different countries in the past, said.

"Fear, democracy, inhibition and republicanism won't go together," he said and called upon Bengal, the hub of "literature and culture, to continue to lead out of any darkness."

Recalling his stint in Bengal as from December 14, 2004 to December 14, 2009, quoted Rabindranath Tagore to say, "I have received far more than I gave here," ('Diyechhi jato niyechhi tar besi').

said he was honoured with conferment of doctorate and "humbled by the great gesture.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:35 IST