Gandhi’s advocacy for Non-violence and his belief of ultimate prevalence of truth, are two dominating force behind the idea.
His belief of not to hate the criminal, but the crime, liberated India from the mighty colonial power, has the potential to deal with several enemies, the Humanity presently is faced with.
Universal values of tolerance can’t be expected in a diverse global society.
But particularistic treatment to issues have the danger of ending up as justification for regressive social and traditional biases and practises.
The degree to which sensibilities of any community are liable to be hurt is very subjectively determined.
Any attempt to accommodate all the sensibilities will necessarily erode the very premise of freedom of speech and expression, that is unbiased right to criticise without fear.
Still, not only he lives securely in America, he enjoys all the rights that are available to any other American.
In a pluralistic global society, and especially in a liberal society as in the west, it is perhaps too paradoxical to defend any attack on freedom of speech and expression on the grounds of freedom not to get insulted Despite being a largely peaceful country, India now and then witnesses communal tensions.
This freedom has to be differentiated from the right to propagate hate through incitement to violence and hatred.
It is a tool to question, mock and deconstruct dominant narratives build around authority, religion, customs and traditions.