Charlie Hebdo: Terror, Freedom Of Speech And More.
It is all over the news now. The terror attack in France is certainly one of the deadliest this decade and has shattered a lot more than few people. The response has been of shock/disbelief/wonder/fright and a lot more of such adjectives and no wonder it is.
Who/What is Charlie Hebdo?
Charlie Hebdo is the famous Satirical weekly in France. The magazine is well known for its anti religious, left wing viewpoint. It did draw a lot of flak from the fundamentalists and naturally a few terror threats too. The era of freedom of speech and expression right?!
History of Attacks
Apart from a number of threats Charlie Hebdo received, it faced two staunch terror attacks. The first one was in 2011 when Charlie Hebdo published controversial themed cartoons on the prophet Muhammed. The attack consisted of fire bombing and hacking of the website.
The 2015 attack was motivated by a tweet in twitter , a fresh satire on Islam. The terror attack consisted of 3 Gun men storming the office of Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people among who 2 were policemen and 4 journalists. The gun men shouted
“We have avenged the Prophet Muhammed! We killed Charlie Hebdo”
This terror attack was claimed by the French president as the worst attack in French soil since 1961.
The worldwide response for this attack has been of empathy. People from across the world have come together to show support for the barbaric attack costing the life of 12 people. The world intelligence has joined hands to fight terror and bring justice to the victims of the terror attack. Although, none of it would ever be enough, it still is a measure which shows where people stand to efforts of terrorism.
The attack has severely questioned the Freedom of speech and expression, a right which France holds very close to its heart. The attack seems to send out a warning for people who make fun of religious beliefs.
However the people have come together with their Pen Protest, the pen representing the magazine and the freedom of speech and expression and the chants of “Pen Vs Gun”. The chants quote
” All of us are Charlie, you may have killed one, but you have not killed the spirit and freedom which Charlie stood for”
The terror attacks seem a commonplace news these days. The famous 9/11 of the World Trade Centre, or the Glasgow bombing or the 2007 terror attacks in India. Why so many of them? What is their agenda, what are they trying to prove?
A political Agenda?
– A few of these attacks have clearly shown a political agenda like the ones in Jammu and Kashmir demanding freeing the state
– The attacks in Palestine and Gaza strip demanding the entire region
– The Syrian Attacks and so on…
Sending out a message?
– These have been mostly the acts of the religious fundamentalists who don’t seem to be very happy with the current world order of religion. We have always believed that the one true value of any religion is “Tolerance” but the whole point of these attacks seem to be driving the world in a completely opposite way.
We cannot love a religion because we are afraid of it. We can love a religion which can forgive us, which can embrace us and which can make us the human beings we want to be.
Few days ago there was the issue of Ghar Wapsi:Forced conversion of Muslims to Hinduism in Agra, a few decades ago it was the forced conversion of Hindus into christianity and so on.
But isn’t the whole idea of religion MAN? What is the point in imbuing fear in everyone?
Is terror the only option?
If press/people are making fun of religion, is there no other alternative than to pick a gun and shoot the person making fun? What about the legal system, what about suing for slander? What about forgiving and laughing it off? Isn’t that what maturity is all about?
Well, every attack gives us a lot to think about, every incident does. I am still dismayed to know that terror can be sought of as such an easy alternative!
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