India Asks Google, Facebook to Screen User Content is what was the title of New York Times story on our honourable and learned minister of world’s largest democracy advising Facebook, Twitter et al. to restrict and better censor what is disparaging, inflammatory or defamatory. This came in the backdrop of a barrage of ‘uncivilised’ criticism that has been going on the internet about all leaders in general and particularly the Gandhi family.
Apparently being the former telecom minister and now HRD minister, probably it’s perfectly appropriate for Sibal to advise about whatever ‘wrong’ goes on the internet. But that it would backfire again just months after he became the culprit no. 1 of Team Anna led India Against Corruption’s basically online mobilised campaign is something an old generation guy like him might have miscalculated. To his dismay, the bad thing about social networking is that with time such criticisms keep on being bigger, wider and younger.
But there are another aspect of Sibal’s personality that his ‘this is unacceptable’ advice should draw attention to.
The New York Times story tarnished the image of India by using that India says so. As a country where freedom of speech and expression is a constitutionally guaranteed right, one of its top ministers getting into one after another round of high-handedness should be equally unacceptable. That Kapil Sibal is one of the top lawyers of this country and belongs to the party that is India’s oldest (ignore for the ‘Inalienable ties’ of Congress Party with the Nehru-Gandhi family) and claims to represent India no less than anybody else makes it more sad.
Agreed, the criticism on social networking sites are many a times far from what a civilised society ought to do. Agreed, freedom of expression should not be about going overboard in someone’s criticism. But if we let anyone like Kapil Sibal ban this today, it’s not going to stop there. Thereafter, there will be another Kapil Sibal in this government or any government that comes after this and who would want some other content to be restricted and censored.
See what have they done to the Tibetan flag in the recent movie Rockstar. That you have a censor board to decide what should be shown in a movie doesn’t give you the right to correct your ‘Make China Happy’ foreign policy through censoring even genuine content.
The mentality that thinks that people should not go overboard while criticising leaders should be actually thinking that why Sonia and why politicians are on the target of common people.
It’s not being done on the internet alone. It’s being done by every single person through whatever means they have. Social networking sites only provide a platform.
It’s also not right that social networking sites are irresponsible when it comes to derogatory content. Facebook doesn’t let porn or sleaze to be circulated. You have an option to report if such a thing is going on. You can use the block option as well, if you don’t want it. But now we have a minister who wants Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! and Google to censor what could be politically uncomfortable is pitiful.
Why is the government not able to stop corruption and have a clean image for itself? Why despite all its claims corruption is on the rise? Why we have a constantly self defeating target for growth? And why we don’t have a single politician whom we can call honest, fair, transparent and a person with authority?
Is Delhi Police friendly towards the people of North East states?
December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm
HAve they gone nuts? Congress is unable to do any reforms – but all these useless taliban-eque bills which no illiterate will oppose they’ll try to pass
WE have all the clowns int he world running our doomed country – Kapil Sibal, Mamata Banerjee, Lalu Prasad, Mulayam “Mullah” Singh Yadav, Mayawati, Communists.
They should all be dumped into the Indian Ocean!!!
December 7, 2011 at 1:37 am
Hoe come we are having such a stupid idiotic fellow in your central ministry
Kapil Sibal is a biggest Idiot !!!
December 7, 2011 at 7:18 am
just like the caption; would like to know whether the author and his ilk and the rest of the media pundits are “mothafuckers”? being derogatory is nobody’s sole prerogative. Time is not on your side! had your fun in the sun; soon you will pay for it! ….
December 7, 2011 at 7:34 am
Vitriolic people letting off steam is alright. But what if it is ulterior motives/supplanted subliminal messages culminating in our people being led to allow “Implode India Via Media”? create enough chaos~ let them fight it out~we shall pick up the pieces and instill the “new order”. Not an bullet spent and the war is won. Media (regular & social) houses now rule the roost…….Putin (not justifying him) is on to you. So will we; eventually. There will be retaliation. what is “disproportionate”?dunno!~
December 7, 2011 at 9:09 am
guys no offence, but the first solution, per me, is to kill these barking dogs like kapil Sibbal and DigVijay in public, so that it at least creates a sense of fear in Sonia Gandhi aur uska pilla. Corruption can never get ended if youth like us keeps sleeping and an OLD man like ‘Anna’ moves alone everywhere
December 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Kapil Sibal is an idiot.
He wants blasphemy laws to be applied in India.
Has India turned into an islamic nation overnight?
Here, speech is free and should remain so.
Where was he when Hindu Gods were insulted by M F Hussein?
December 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm
Kapil Sibal is in a state of low sodium or atleast in that stage of dis-orientation. He was like this before and and he continuing to be unstable in his mental state. He never contributed anything to neither government nor public. Totally insane person. He will continue to behave like this in future too.
This person can never win an election like the Head Pupet Mr. Singh. Yet talks as if he is a mass leader. Bunch of fools running the government and ofcource you can not expect anything less from Congress.
December 8, 2011 at 10:04 am
i am ashamed to see such persons at the helm of affairs of the country. it is ill fate of the country. still the people has to become awakened so that when such persons come to beg for vote, they should be booted instead
December 8, 2011 at 11:35 am
100% he is an idiot.
he supports looters of the country
he supports terror of the country
now he is going to close voice of the country