Most of us this morning must have woken up to this news. Just quoting the first few lines below
"New Delhi, Jan. 13: Facebook, Google and 20 other social networking sites face legal action after the Centre today sanctioned their prosecution for promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration."
This is something which I so totally agree with. I am not against expression of speech, but I am certainly against the way it is done. So the above quote from the news I am completely in love with and any content causing the above should be completely banned. I am always disturbed during the cricket matches between India and Pakistan, the amount of abuse we see on social networking sites during such times is nauseatic. These comments do not remain confined to the sport or enmity between the nations, but then reaches a level where Muslims and Hindus are involved. So yes, I really welcome the idea of such screening.
Having said that, few things I am surprised at
1) The Centre took a very speedy action here. Isn't it just some days back that Kapil Sibal brought this topic up and now lo and behold this morning they sanctioned the prosecution. That means 'The Centre' can work at a fast pace if 'it wants to'.
2) ".....enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration." Questions to 'The Centre': Are the social networking sites the only ones who are causing this??? What about a certain party which cause the clash between Maharashtrians and Biharis?? What about the various quota systems and class based reservation policies passed out by the ruling parties..are they not responsible for community clashes?? So why has any action not been taken against all this??
3) What about the movies where we show clear enmity between India and Pakistan, where a buffalo sized hero is mouthing abuse at Pakistan? According to the Broadcasting Laws in India it is prohibited to display such content, why are such films released with a 'A' certificate then??
So even though I think I like the idea of screening inflammatory content on social networking sites, unless the above questions are answered I doubt the integrity of this prosecution to be 'The Centre's' motive to not let people express themselves against the current political agendas.