In one of my earlier posts, I had said India’s democracy is in threat after the Centre gave its approval to prosecute social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Just before that, a High Court judge had threatened to go the China way and ban such social networking sites!
Sadly, I am been proved right by Twitter head honchos who have agreed to block Tweets if needed. They have clearly bowed down to the pressure brought upon them by countries that flaunt their democracy!
According to me, in India, this is a clear conspiracy on the part of the Congress Government to fully dissolve the anti-corruption spirit in the country which is instilled by Anna Hazare’s movement. To explain this, have a look at the following points: -
1) Things our government did to sabotage the anti-corruption movement are known to everyone. These include Anna’s arrest, using violence at midnight to end Baba Ramdev’s non-violent protest, silly accusations on Team Anna and lastly bribing even the media to showcase Anna’s Mumbai (MMRDA) fast as a flop show.
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2) The movement became largely possible due to social media since awareness about the movement and information regarding all agitations/ demonstrations was spread via Facebook and Twitter.
3) It is not a mere co-incidence that Kapil Sibal cam down heavily on social media sites, compelling them to ‘block’ certain posts or updates saying it could lead to communal riots.
4) Now, Twitter becomes the first site to bow down to block or censor certain posts.
I would like to repeat that one day people will say India ‘was’ a democratic country if we don’t raise our voice and protest!
I would also like to repeat what filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said on this issue - “YouTube, Facebook, Google and Twitter are platforms, not publishers. Can you sue a bookshop for carrying Satanic Verses if not banned? Can you sue the Loudspeaker Company for the lies that politicians tell the electorate? Internet is free source and each of you with a blog is a potential publisher, can government sue a million blogs? Each email forwarded 1000 times is potential ‘objectionable material’. Can courts shut down e-mail?”