SSUMIER PASRICHA, 37

Co­me­dian (aka Pammi Aunty)

India Today - - COVER STORY -

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.

M ZHAZO Pho­to­graph by

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