Future of Facebook in India

Facebook, Google and Twitter must be laughing their asses off. Seriously what was Kapil Sibal thinking? The only good that I could imaging coming out of all this human pre-screening censorship stupidity will be that the government will employ around 5,00,000 people to manually read everything and snip snip stuff which they (read Congress) don’t like. Of course, they will not make public what they have snipped off, which means that they could practically remove anything which they don’t like. Reminds me very strongly of George Orwell’s 1984. And China which employs around 30,000 people for hiding things from public but they must be terribly under-worked asΒ half of the websites are banned in China.

Secondly, this happens to be a democracy. Everyone ridicules everyone. That is the whole fuc*ing purpose. Celebrities and politicians are always at the receiving end. No one is liked by everyone. If our politicians come out of the hole they live in and look around for a while, they will realize that their counterparts in other countries have gone through much more. Hell, we recently saw Obama kissing another guy on a poster and it is still all over the internet. Do we see him frothing? SRK has been called gay millions of times. Do we see him running in the street beating up people? It comes with the package of being in the limelight. So, our politicians needs to ignore it instead of bawling like a kid.

Focus on your work guys. There are so many problems in our country, there are so many people suffering like insects that it is blasphemy to even think about such minor issues as someone calling you names. It just shows our politicians in a much dimmer light and shows how insensitive they are to the real challenges facing our country. And, no, morphing “Madame” does not amount to hurting someone’s religious sentiments. Sometimes, I feel that religion in our country is like a dash of Garam Masala. We have to sprinkle it over everything.

Thirdly, I could not understand Congress’s affinity with controversy. Ever since the scams took away the last shred of credibility from the ruling party, they have hardly done anything to save their faces from the shit flying all around them. The way they handled Lokpal and Anna Hazare can fill a tome describing what not to do to piss off the public when you are in power. FDI was another gem in their crown of thorns and now this unbelievable censorship controversy. They could have turned the table in their favour considering the short public memory in India and they had plenty of time but they stumbled at every step.

I really wish Kapil had shown equal enthusiasm towards getting Lokpal through (Although chances are bleak that it will work). That might have saved Congress from another egg landing on their face.

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About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

14 Comments

  1. Dev December 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    It seems that time is not far when our blogs would be monitored by the govt.
    But there is a silver lining to this dark cloud. A lot of employment would be generated as govt would need millions of people to keep a check on the blogosphere πŸ™‚

    • Amit December 8, 2011 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Exactly. Maybe they will also need more police for the mob that will be on the roads. πŸ™‚

  2. kanagu December 8, 2011 at 4:12 am - Reply

    thats what I felt… there are 100s of problems to solve and Kapil Sibal chooses this. Great vision πŸ˜†

    • Amit December 8, 2011 at 9:09 am - Reply

      I do not understand how did he even got time for this? They are just creating more problems for themselves.

      • Anurag December 8, 2011 at 10:04 am

        They are good at diverting…at least they think so…with people having their voices now and can raise them…they are gonna face flak for everything they do !!!

      • Amit December 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

        I think they have got enough signals from the citizens that we are not happy with their approach towards their work. Lets see if they learn anything out of it.

  3. Ashwathy December 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Focus on your work guys. There are so many problems in our country, there are so many people suffering like insects that it is blasphemy to even think about such minor issues as someone calling you names
    It clearly shows where their priorities lie, right? They worry more (or even ONLY) about themselves and no concern for the public.

    Sometimes, I feel that religion in our country is like a dash of Garam Masala. We have to sprinkle it over everything.
    LOL! πŸ˜€ I like that comparison!

    • Amit December 9, 2011 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Absolutely. We are not a developed nation. Our politicians frequently forget that. We still have villages without electricity and roads. There are farmers committing suicide, rotting crop and people dying of hunger.
      They have to stop being a pegion. Closing your eyes will not help.

      • Ashwathy December 9, 2011 at 9:35 am

        Sounds more like ostrich rather than pigeon to me!! πŸ˜›

  4. Indian Homemaker December 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Exactly my thoughts. Can’t they see what they are doing? And there is almost no hope for India because, ‘BJP backs mechanism to curb objectionable content on websites’
    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/article2696548.ece

    And it’s easy to imagine exactly what they will all find objectionable.

    • Amit December 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      I saw Kapil Sibal’s interview with Barkha. He was denying all of this. He said that the service providers have to create some mechanisms. There won’t be any pre-screening. What I don’t understand is that seeing the public anger on the issue why didn’t he release a statement? Why wait for 4 days?
      Somehow I find “We have to remove this material or riots will start = Girls should not wear jeans so that they don’t get raped. “

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  6. Reema February 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    And now they are demanding apology from Jay Leno!!

    • Amit February 14, 2012 at 9:05 am - Reply

      I am going to write a post on this overtly hypocritical sentimentality soon.

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