The Indian actor Kamal Hasan said that freedom of speech cannot be taken for granted. Talking to the Indian students at the Harvard University, he said that India is known for its unity in diversity and one is expected to broadly understand it instead of taking the freedom of speech for granted. Stressing that he is against the word intolerance, he advocated tolerance in the multi lingual and multi religious country. He opined that intolerance made Pakistan secede from India and Bangladesh from Pakistan. Hence freedom of speech and tolerance should be synonymous for democracy to nourish. Reminding that India granted voting rights to all its citizens 15 years before that of the democratic America. India achieved this though it was an infant democracy when compared to the centuries old democracies of the US and the UK. He said that he was proud of the kind of democracy practiced in India in spite of many onslaughts it received including the emergency, a dark chapter in the Indian history.