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What prevents public personalities in India from freely voicing their opinions?

Manavi Kapur & Ranjita Ganesan 

In January 8, at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep, while accepting the Cecil B DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement, lambasted President Donald Trump for using his powerful position irresponsibly, though without once naming him. At the Oscars a few days ago, host Jimmy Kimmel took a swipe at Trump when he said the ceremony was being watched in 250 countries “that now hate us”.

Others at the ceremony, too, spoke their mind. This prompted many Indians to wonder why our celebrities, who the people of the country venerate God-like, choose to remain silent on important ...

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First Published: Fri, March 03 2017. 22:44 IST