Sunday, December 11, 2011

#NoCensor Meetup on 14th December 2011 at 4pm-7pm : India Against Internet Censorship

It all started with one post on New York Times India blog. It was a serious matter & everything was going behind the curtail.


According to the post Union Minister of Telecom & IT, Kapil Sibal has asked top officials from the Indian units of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook to pre-screen content being uploaded to the social website.  While Mr. Kapil Sibal is giving justification of his statement, few events which has happened in past shows that the current government in India wants to curtail the independent voice of citizen of India.


Personal attack can not be condoned, irrespective of the medium and person who makes. But aren't there sufficient provisions in the Indian law to prevent such abuses, and prosecute the offenders. The cyber laws also provide the enforcement agencies enough tools and legal means to prevent imposters from spreading malicious rumor. 


Mr. Kapil Sibal has offered various justifications including National Security, Religious sentiments, etc. which sounds completely hollow & contrived. Citing examples of National Security is completely baseless given that many other loopholes have not been addressed and the vibrant social media platform has been unduly targeted.

The timing of this move is also questionable given that the govt. is taking these steps at a time when the public anger against the government is increasing everyday due to corruption, large scale scams and price rise. This attempt along with the new guidelines for TV and Radio Channels, demonstrates the governments intent to curtail public voice against the its failure and misgovernance.


"India Against Internet Censorship" believes that taking any such action on Internet content will harm democratic & credibility of this medium and puts the Freedom of Speech right at peril.


We are organizing a Social Meetup on 14th December 2011 at 4pm-7pm & inviting all Bloggers & Social Media users to come & discuss the issue with eminent personalities from various background.


Name of Panelist will be added soon.


Venue:


Constitution Club of India,
Dy. Speaker Hall 
Rafi Marg, Behind Reserve Bank of India, 
New Delhi, 110001. 
*Nearest Metro station is Patel Chowk (Yellow Line).


Get your Free Ticket at http://nocensor.eventbrite.com
Sign Petition at http://bit.ly/NoCensor
Facebook Event : http://www.facebook.com/events/289786341059408/

Friday, November 11, 2011

Corruption : The Buzz Word!


This post is combination of few RAMDOM thoughts, spare me if you don't like this.


Corruption is the most talked about word these days. May not be most "Searched" keyword on Google but for sure "Most Executed" in India.

Everyone has there own MODEL of solving this problem & everyone is sure that their MODEL will make everyone Mr. Clean.

BTW, I'm not here to give you another MODEL to eradicate corruption but I have few random thoughts to share with you.....


This thought triggered me when I reached India Gate with candle march to support Janlokpal Bill!! We were shouting slogans & suddenly a guy among (We hardly knew each other) us started shouting "Mera Neta Chor Hai" (Inspired by http://www.chetanbhagat.com/blog/2011/04/07/mera-neta-chor-hai/).... 

I was dead shocked thinking how come & when my leader became Chor.... I can't consider a CHOR as my leader. It was a big contradiction as we were considering Anna ji as our leader in the movement against corruption, tell me if I'm wrong!!

I always hear "Give the command to Youth" : Being a youth I would love that, but do we the Youth really posses that skill..... What I have found mostly is abundance of Cynical - Apolitical Youth.... Happy in their own world. Slap me if I'm wrong!! If I'm wrong why the hell we the Youth ran with candle on the call of a 80+ Anna ji.

My question to "You-th" is what all we have really contributed except Cynicism & feeling of proudness in being Apolitical.


Anyway, other major thing I want to understand & ask myself & you is : Do you really think that any Law against corruption will be successful without Political Reform?

Few random points : A political party is not supposed to Earn Money, they can't!! The only way to get money is "Donation"..... Fastest finger fast question... how many of you have ever donated to a political party or let's say even willing to donate????

See I'm just trying to point out that any organization needs money to meet expenses be it any kind of organization. A political party needs money to run their daily activities, programs/rallies, office & workers.

My question is if we don't donate to political party & they don't do corruption from where they will get money??? (I'm not justifying, but ya may be trying to be practical) 

Coming to donation : In India donation to political parties comes mostly from Giant Corporates (And you can easily understand the vested interest).

Ok... I think I should post this & be ready for your feedback/comments... :-)
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