In a restaurant one evening, a middle-aged man was speaking on his mobile phone, loudly enough to be heard by everyone in the restaurant. The Indian language he was speaking in is not commonly understood in that part of the country, but I happened to know the language very well. I was shocked to hear him use the filthiest possible words and expressions. From the shocked looks of some of the other persons present, I realised that they also understood the language. Just as I started protesting to the Restaurant Manager, the middle-aged man stood up and walked away.
I have had similar experiences in different parts of our country. In all fairness, this kind of behaviour is ‘region-neutral’.
I have also come across groups of people talking loudly in Indian languages, which they think others don’t understand, at various public places in India and abroad. Not only do they speak loudly, which is bad enough, they often use commonly understood obscene gestures and swear words in their language, and in Hindi and in English as well!
Sometimes they are intoxicated, but often they are perfectly sober.
While we all enjoy freedom of expression, why don’t some of us remember that freedom of expression does not give us the right to throw verbal garbage at others?