“Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than just ribbons?”
― George Orwell,
From retina scratching glares of camera flashes, skins stained with sweat, blood, and disappointments of voices unheard, the young students of Ramjas have found themselves at the epicentre of a drama no student deserves to witness. An absolute freedom of speech becomes a reality, only when it is practised by a powerful few, who, obviously are politicians. But, when it comes to students everything ranging from media-trials to large-scalepolitical bashing, is conducted to brand the chest of a student with a tag.
Dissent, conflicting opinions, and resolving them through discussion and reasoning is perhaps what forms the spine of the idea of democracy. Our delusion about the age of mass media has certainly been torn open, and we must accept the demagogues are using this tool much more efficiently than the ones who are well-informed. Why has it become absolutely necessary to keep an ideology confined in small words like left, right and centre? Why isn’t a whole generation being allowed to resolve their problems through discussion? Why is it being projected that we need to slit the throats of anyone who has an opinion contrary to ours? In a generation of media houses endorsing agendas, and willing to cook up stories to justify them, it is hard to reach out to people. But, was this predicted?
In two of his most famous works, Animal Farm and 1984, English novelist George Orwell (real name Eric Arthur Blair) described and predicted times eerily similar to what we face today. While Animal Farm was an allegorical representation of how revolutions fall prey to counter-revolutionsand become polar opposites of the original ideology. Through 1984, Orwell reinvented science fiction to propagate political writing, and ironically the dystopian world predicted by 1984 bears an uncanny resemblance to the times we live in.