SSUMIER PASRICHA, 37
Comedian (aka Pammi Aunty)
As a social media influencer, one must have the right to express their point of view—both positive and negative. It can be via sarcasm, comedy or by being completely straight forward. How else are two people supposed to communicate? I chose to be Pammi Aunty because light-hearted comedy tends to have a larger impact. There is a limit to comedy as a means of expression but that does not mean it should be curbed.
I’ve been trolled a lot. It’s not important for people to agree with whatever you say. They have their rights too. Our problem is that we are more patriotic and nationalist on Twitter and Facebook than in real life. If today Gandhi ji had to do what he did back then, he’ll definitely fail. He’ll be criticised and trolled for every move.
I keep doing my bit without insulting anyone. After all, I’m a human being and not rajma chawal that can keep everyone happy.
A world with complete freedom does not sound healthy to me. Especially for our country, where people engage in conflicts at the drop of a hat. Imagine a world with no traffic signals, no customs at the airport or people openly writing about Hindu-Muslim conflicts. Man needs to have boundaries and must learn to be tolerant first; we don’t need dictators.