The growing intolerance against the creativity and encroachment of the state on creativity increased in the past few years in India and globally. Censorship and its problems are discussed in KLF. 'Who Shot my Word' hosted by Ravi DeeCee, K. Satchidanandan, Writer and Critic, Anand Padmanabhan, Prashsti Rastogi spoke on the topic and their views on the censorship and how it influences and affects the readership.
K. Satchidanandan spoke about how writers are attacked, abused and even killed. The writers are not free to think and express freely. He added that either censor yourself or you will be censored by us. He considered the source of censorship as the state, institutionalised religion, dictatorship, caste and communal forces and moral policing. Prashasti Rastogi explained the global change associated with censorship. The modern nations uphelds democracy but the sense of democracy is decreasing. India is ranked in the 162th position when it comes to freedom of expression.Rastogi further explained about the arising aggressiveness in the Frankfurt Book Fair. She said that for people with power, democracy is irrelevant. The writers are forced to self-censor and the time is worse than that of George Orwell.
Anand Padmanabhan explained about the censorship faced in publishing. He adds that the introduction of Digital Media like online blogs and Twitter, has helped the writer express his views without any censorship.
Ravi DeeCee criticised the publishers and the media who align themselves with the state. The state brands those who criticise it as "anti-nationals". He added that literature festivals give a platform for free-thinking.
Rastogi stated that the controversies of books increase readership in this neo-nazi era. Satchidanandan considered it as a negative readership. He further added that the most tragic time produced the best art-work. The fundamentalist approached in the educational fields were also discussed. The session upheld that the ultimate freedom rests with the writer.