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Illusion of free speech is a way to stifle dissent, says Tharoor

The creation of an illusion of freedom of speech is one of the more insidious ways to stifle dissent, former Union Minister and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor said here.

“There are many ways dissent can be stifled. The old fashioned school of locking people up and sending them to concentration camps but the other way is getting employers to hound them for instance.

“The more insidious and sophisticated ways are more dangerous because they preserve the illusion of freedom of speech,” Tharoor said during a discussion at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale here last evening.

The discussion titled “Dissent and Discourse,” was organised with an aim to explore the notion of dissent and its significance in public discourse, creativity and progress by the BM Anand Foundation as a collateral of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Tharoor was joined by KMB co-founder Riyas Komu, politician Shazia Ilmi and art curator Alka Pande. 


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