A doctor who worked in a Kerala hospital, put out tweets in support of CAA. But he was forced to resign as his views were not palatable with a few.
Bengaluru: Freedom of speech and expression is a right given to us by the fathers of the Indian Constitution.
To dissent is to ensure democracy thrives.
But in Kerala, to dissent or to have your opinions is a crime, if it is anything expressing support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Let’s give you the story of a doctor named Ved Vyazz who worked in a Kerala hospital.
It was in April last that he moved to Palakkad, his native place where he worked as an emergency medicine and critical care expert.
But as he himself confides, he is a very opinionated person. Certainly having opinions is no crime, even if it means the opinions are heresies.
Now, straight to the point. As the country has seen the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act, there have been opinions for and against it. This doctor fell in that bracket which supports the Act.
The doctor in question put out his opinions on twitter, expressing his support for the Act. But as he alleges, a twitter handle @yehlog displayed all his personal information and even termed him as someone baying for Muslim genocide, purely because he supported the government.
During such an argument on twitter my personal details, with regard to where I worked, my name, designation was revealed by handle a handle called @yehlog and overnight I was labelled as someone who’s baying for Muslim genocide! pic.twitter.com/aDpGtmhNZS— VedVyazz (@vedvyazz) January 22, 2020
The story didn’t end there. A letter was written to the hospital authorities accusing him of bigotry and even forcing him to resign.
The management felt that I’ve caused them a significant amount of disrepute on account of my tweets (where I’ve not mentioned any religion and have only asked for the removal of illegal immigrants) , and asked that I resign within 24hrs pic.twitter.com/62VcwQWDrG— VedVyazz (@vedvyazz) January 22, 2020
As he was forced to resign in just three hours, he has left his possessions behind in the city of his forefathers, just like a thief would do when he would be caught red-handed.
Ved Vyazz laments that through his ouster, it is the hospital which has lost a good doctor.
The news of my sacking has reached those who wanted it, with false claims and they’re now celebrating online!— VedVyazz (@vedvyazz) January 22, 2020
But the one who lost, was actually the institution and the native population!
In an already short staffed hospital, w, one hardworking doctor was asked to leave pic.twitter.com/fAjCifU5di
The doctor, as he claims, left the hospital in a jiffy and even deactivated his account.
And as he poured out his woes on social media, several people have thrown their weight behind him, including BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
DM me ur contacts n i will try n help— Rajeev Chandrasekhar 🇮🇳 (@rajeev_mp) January 23, 2020
Indeed, what has happened to him is criminally and morally wrong. Every individual is entitled to his opinions and can’t be targeted for having views which might not be in consonance with the majority.
On the other hand, just imagine what would have happened if a Muslim had faced such banishment!
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Last Updated 23, Jan 2020, 7:25 PM