By Arré Bench Sep. 15, 2020
Actor Taapsee Pannu is known to speak up when most from her industry choose to look away. On International Day of Democracy, she shared a powerful message that emphasised on the need for dialogue to save democracy. It’s a call to action that today’s India needs.
In the world’s largest democracy, freedom of speech has often encountered an anti-national label. Dissenting voices are silenced and guilty until proven innocent has become the new law of the masses. But on International Day of Democracy, actor Taapsee Pannu has expressed the importance of dialogue in order to “save” our democracy.
An outspoken Pannu took to social media to highlight the state of our country, endlessly caught up between the religion and caste divide, the mob mentality, and the lynching of the innocent. Titled “Samwad”, the animated videos voiced by Pannu in Hindi and Punjabi, bring to life the sharp contrast between the visioned ideal world and the reality we live in. It’s a wake-up call, a reminder to the largest democracy in the world to “make sure we preserve our ‘rights’ and perform the ‘duties’”.
“Because when you raise questions asking for better for your country it’s not anti-national. It’s because you love your country and countrymen beyond all fears and feel it’s potential is still untapped,” the actor wrote on Instagram.