Is blogging as a social medium powerful enough to influence people? The answer is YES in bold. Otherwise, why bloggers from all over the world are facing such traumatic treatments whenever they’re trying to speak their minds? Why the extremist religious organizations are finding naive blog posts so challenging and threatening?
Recently, two bloggers from Bangladesh, Avijit Roy, and Washiqur Rahman Babu, were hacked to death by some people who were continuously opposing their secular beliefs and writings. Avijit Roy used to live in the US and he was well-known as an activist and blogger. He was one of the founders of the blog forum Mukto-mona; a virtual meeting place for freethinkers, where they can write on all sorts of religious and political diktats. Mr. Roy was a regular contributor to the blog. His abhorrence for blind religious faith made some think, that, he might influence others to believe in his ways through his logical and free thinking process. They were actually afraid of his pen, his thoughts and beliefs. On 26th February, 2015, while attending the Dhaka Book-Fair, he was attacked by some unidentified goons who hacked him down with their machetes!
Washiqur Rahman Babu, along with millions of others, stood in solidarity with Avijit Roy and immediately became the target. The secular tone of his writings, in a state leery of violence, proved to be fatal. One fine morning, (30th March 2015) he too, was hacked to death by unknown perpetrators. Washiqur Rahman’s blog Somewherein holds proof of his progressive thinking beyond religion.
In February 2013, another blogger cum journalist, Rajib Haider, was killed in the same way. His body was mutilated to the extent that his friends failed to recognize him!
Blind faith accompanied by religious dogmatism, is like stagnant water. I wonder why the extremists are so afraid of some words weaved together; a culmination of one’s own thoughts and ideas, while they’ve all sorts of nifty weapons under the sun.
Freedom of speech is every person’s right. Why a person needs to be assassinated just for writing a blog? Opposing an idea is a sign of development; it can raise heated arguments, a forceful diatribe- but never a fatal attack. The physical entity of a person can be wiped out from the face of the earth, but never his ideas or words. Words have enormous powers and, ideas are immortal. The serrated edges of brandished knives shall never be able to kill them.
In solidarity with #BangladeshBloggers #IamWashiqur #IAmAvijit