Humans of ISC65: Tasha Idrak

Tasha Idrak, from Bangladesh will be our next featured advocate. Tasha is now a member of table 3 "Freedom of Speech and Its Restriction in Today's World". Let's all get to know her better through this short interview.


"The restriction upon the freedom of expression is oppression. Democracy condemns oppression. Freedom of speech allows an interactive, transparent relationship between the state, the institutions , civil societies and the civilians. This transparency later on ensures development, let it social, political or economic. "


Q1. Please tell us what are the reasons/motivations that made you apply for ISC65?

I have always craved for exposure, to meet new people, to explore the world. Yet I also have been a rather shy individual. Whether it is because of my awkwardness or my quiet nature, I tend to observe things from a distance. Not that I don’t enjoy it, but at some point I realized that if I don’t mix with people, I would never obtain a clear understanding of them. I had always dreamed of interacting with people across the globe, to know about their history, culture, their stories. I wanted to broaden my way of thinking. ISC is a platform that would allow me to do that. I’d meet different kinds of people of different nations, different heritages here. So many different people across the globe will gather here for a common objective. Working, interacting, sharing things side by side- isn’t it beautiful? I want to experience it. Thus I applied for ISC65.


Q2.What do you think about your table’s topic?

I am a member of table 3 and the topic that we would be discussing is “Freedom of Speech and its Restrictions in Today’s World”. Firstly, we need to define what “freedom of speech” is.

Just like the name suggests, freedom of speech refers to articulate one’s opinion freely. This is not limited to verbal or written forms of communication, both the cyber space and mass media falls under it’s jurisdiction. Freedom of speech is one of the citizen’s basic rights in a democratic country.

It is the freedom to speak, to criticize, to protest. Freedom of speech isn’t just a right of the citizens, it is a necessity to build an efficient democratic state. Why? Because it allows people to criticize the state itself. We all know that development can only occur if one is aware of the flaws. The freedom of speech lets the people articulate their constructive criticism about the existing policies, let it be political or economic and this in return helps the state to reflect upon it’s action to be a more efficient authority. Mass media play a huge role in this. It is often called as the fourth pillar of the state. The media is not just a means of spreading information, the media presents the state of a situation in front of the audience. The audience or the people are informed and aware of the situation due to media. The media is the mirror of the people. The state can use this mirror to implement better policies for governing. If the media did not have the freedom to express then there would be no mirror of the people. The media would reduce to being a tool for propaganda of the Government. When that happens the state ceases to be a democratic nation.

The restriction upon the freedom of expression is oppression. Democracy condemns oppression. Freedom of speech allows an interactive, transparent relationship between the state, the institutions , civil societies and the civilians. This transparency later on ensures development, let it social, political or economic.

Then again, care needs to be taken when dealing with the freedom of speech. Freedom of expression does not include the spreading of hatred, malice, racist, sexist, Islamophobic, Xenophobi and homophobic ideals. Unfortunately, in today’s world, we are either dealing with both the restriction of freedom of expression and the issue of ate speech. Thus I think it is very important to discuss such issues under the topic of freedom of speech and by combining the effort of my tablemates I hope to find some sort of solution at the end of the conference.


Q3.What do you think about your table’s activities in overall now?

My table is quite friendly. We are all coming from different parts of the world. I really am fascinated by how our table members actually have covered every continents of the globe! It’s fun working with them.

Q4. Can you share hare with us some of your feelings towards the upcoming ISC65?

What can I say, I am beyond excited. I never had any experience of the like so one can imagine how I might be feeling.. Almost like a kid who is told that she’d be going to the amusement park for the very first time. I can’t wait to meet all the people, interact with them, experience the Japanese food and culture. I wish to build a lasting bond with the people I’ll be encountering there. What more can I say, hoping for an experience of a lifetime!

Q5. Can you tell us a little bit about your hometown?


My hometown? Well… I am from Dhaka. It’s the capital city of Bangladesh. I was born and raised here. Everyone knows how busy and densely populated our nation is, Dhaka being the busiest city of all. The city is grey and the traffic is tiresome, yet the city still has a strange sort of charm. We have rickshaws dominating our streets. These three wheeled transport is one of the most notable feature of our country. Bright colored hoods, soft ringing of bells- rickshaw is the best ride if one wants to take a tour of the neighborhoods of the city. They are the best transports for short distanced destinations. Another thing that I love about dhaka is the abundance of street food. Fuchka, chatpati, jhalmuri, fruit mashes- you name it. Also, the beautiful blood red hue of the Krishnachura flowers during the summer is a sight to see. The best thing of Dhaka is how readily available and close things are. Our city has its own share of huge problems.. but when I see this grey city get drenched in the monsoon rain, or see it get painted by the twilight sky- I can’t help but adore this grey city of mine.

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