WATCH: Freedom of ordinary citizens should not be curtailed, says journalist Siddique Kappan's daughter
Wishing everyone happy Independence Day, the nine year old daughter of the jailed journalist said that every Indian has the freedom of speech, right to choose which religion to follow and what to eat
At an Independence Day function in her school, incarcerated journalist Siddique Kappan's nine-year-old daughter, Mehnaz Kappan, offered a little tutorial on freedom.
Every Indian, the precocious, politically-awakened nine-year-old said, has freedom of speech, is free to choose any faith/ religion and eat what s/he likes.
The Class IV student and school leader at Government Lower Primary School at Nottappuram in Malappuram district was addressing a small school gathering on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day celebrations in her school.
“I am the daughter of journalist Siddique Kappan, a citizen who has been denied his freedom and has been languishing in a dark prison cell.” Kappan has been in jail since October 5, 2020, when he was arrested by UP Police at the Mathura Toll Plaza, along with the cab driver and three others, while he was on his way to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh to report on the outrage following gang rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras.
“Just as our country is entering into the 76th year of Independence, let me say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai’ with unshakeable pride and devotion. The freedom and independence we have today is a result of the struggles and sacrifices of leaders like Gandhi, Nehru, Bhagat Singh and numerous others.
"As Indians we have the right to counter anyone who tells us to leave the country. We should never surrender the dignity of our independent nation, born on August 15. However, even today there is unrest at several places in the country. This can be seen in the violence flaring up on the basis of religion, caste and politics. It should be uprooted by all of us. We have to be able to live together,” she added.
India still has to reach greater heights and as citizens we must dream of a better country without enmity and conflicts. “By remembering all the brave souls who fought for our freedom, let me end by saying that the freedom of ordinary citizens should not be curtailed,” said Mehnaz at the Independence Day function at her school.
Published: 15 Aug 2022, 5:42 PM