What binds Shah Rukh & Gao Zhisheng
The story of Gao Zhisheng and Shah Rukh don't have much in common. Yet there's a similar streak that binds them together. Their stories talk about societies that can't guarantee freedom to its citizens. And such societies won't ever lead the world. Socially or business wise.
Business brands that rule are born out of acts of innovation. Such innovations flourish in societies that allow for varied and dissenting expressions. Its no wonder why the West has a stranglehold on innovation across business sectors. America, I believe, has nothing to worry from the 'rise' of China and India. For that 'rise' is essentially about consumers hungry for products and services. And if you were to closely watch consumption in these societies, you'd see western brands gaining in strength, day by day.
Shah Rukh must be accorded the freedom to have his movies screened.
Gao Zhisheng must be freed.