Shut Up or you will be Sued

March 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm 17 comments

After buying out the media and exchanging hugs with the opposition leads at various weddings, Congress thought criticism will be an unheard word in what looks like a ‘happy’ homeland. Alas! They had mistaken because the blogger community talks, tags, tweets and virals.

To prevent anyone from giving an opinion, speaking against the non-doings, the Govt. got the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) ministry on the job to un-write the largest Constitution in the world.

According to recently published reports a bunch of no brain officials appointed by the Govt. have included bloggers as intermediaries in the loosely drafted Indian IT Act. It means what happened during Emergency in 1975 will happen to you and me in a ‘Free’ country.

If this law is enforced you will not be permitted to exercise you r right of Freedom to speech and expression- because whatever you say could be termed as ‘harmful’, ‘threatening’, ‘abusive’, ‘harassing’, ‘blasphemous’, ‘objectionable’, ‘defamatory’, ‘vulgar’, ‘obscene’, ‘pornographic’, ‘paedophilic’, ‘libellous’, ‘invasive of another’s privacy’, ‘hateful’, ‘disparaging’, ‘racially , ethnically or otherwise objectionable, ‘relating to money laundering or gambling’

A Congress party worker when asked to confirm the (under) development said, “This ethical step is a modified version of the ‘ three monkey’ principle laid down by our beloved Bapu. We believe it is time to implement the right to remain silent.”

  • Don’t see the crime happening around or the wrongs that goes un-checked
  • Don’t hear the ringing alarm bells about food inflation, or a bigger scam expose’
  • Don’t react or speak because the ‘Freedom of speech & expression’ is now changed to you have ‘ Right to remain silent’

You think this can’t be true, ha! Wake-up and smell (we still have a sense intact) the reality. Binayak Sen is classic case of what can happen if you do good for the poorest of poor and blow a whistle against those sitting on the power throne.

To make the bloggers comply with the revised IT Act, Govt plans to approach Microsoft to make new software which will automatically highlight and delete all ‘objectionable’ words for the document. A Microsoft official confirmed this news and said, “Yes, Indian I&B ministry has approached us and we are delighted to work for the Indian Govt. We are glad that Dr. Singh is setting precedent for China by setting up strict- friendly internet laws.”

He further added,” We Americans are experienced and proficient in making moolah over other’s misery.”

Now-now don’t get so distressed there is hope for those with:

        Deep pockets

        Daddy, uncle a IPS, IAS officer or a local MLA?

        Lawyer bhi chalega.

If you have even one of the above, then you have no reasons to worry and everyone else lets just ‘sue the Government’ for compromising on our Fundamental Rights!

 

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Deboshree  |  March 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    What an amazing initiative by the Govt. This is surely much more important than the several thousand problems looming in the country.

    “sue the Government’ for compromising on our Fundamental Rights” Count me in! 😀

    Reply
    • 2. delhizen  |  March 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      done!.. and how about writing a post on it?

      Reply
  • 3. mayank  |  March 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Love the post.
    The govt definitely is being quiet innovative at governance. Ofcourse support from corporates is always helpful – anything for money is the underlying motto for them.
    On a serious note – i havent really kept myself updated on the under-development law / bill, but I do trust the democracy that it wouldnt see light of the day just like many other required law are not. Our government continues to remain woefully inefficient.

    Reply
    • 4. delhizen  |  March 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      thanks Mayank…do read up on the subject and maybe then you too have an opinion to give on the matter?

      Reply
  • 5. Charan  |  March 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I don’t see this as a problem cos I am sure there would be a scam or misrepresentation of their “intended” thought as a part of the IT Act document and someone might screw that up somewhere for sure and bloggers will be safe, immaterial of the Act being passed… 😉

    Reply
    • 6. delhizen  |  March 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      true! why did I think of this da 😉

      Reply
  • 7. Pzes  |  March 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Well, the big guys with the deep pockets just decided to avoid confrontation.

    Also, who’s going to be the judge of whats black and whats white? even gray for that matter..

    Reply
    • 8. delhizen  |  March 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      who is going to decide? well, I am sure they will do as per their convenience on this too or maybe take turns?

      Reply
  • 9. Sapna  |  March 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Govt is nothing but a big bully and they have proved it again…

    P.S: Nice pics. Bitten by the shutter bug…

    Reply
    • 10. delhizen  |  March 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      actually, have been trying my hand at it with a few tips for Patty 🙂

      will keep updating 🙂

      PS: you will write on this, won’t you?

      Reply
  • 11. zephyr  |  March 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    This is another of the hairbrained laws of the UPA govt. If they are cornered or opposed, they can always institute a CBI inquiry and we all know what would happen then, don’t we? 😀

    Have you heard yet? Purba and I are planning to somehow get adjoining cells in Tihar. Want to join the party?

    Reply
    • 12. delhizen  |  March 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Oh! I am already trying to find out a few contacts at Tihar to make our stay a pleasant one and to get the inside khabars… when we are going to be there might as well get some scoop for Jhalmuri Times and a few other posts.

      Maybe I can offer Tihar some PR tips in exchange for a cell adjoining to your and Purba’s… hmm… 😉

      Reply
  • 13. Lakshmi Rajan  |  March 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    So the next blog strategy to become famous.

    1. Write some thing that will inflame the Govt.

    2. Govt will block us.

    3. Raise a hue and cry and file a defamation case.

    4. Govt relents.

    5. Voila! Your blog becomes famous in short time

    😉 😀

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    • 14. delhizen  |  March 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      LR you are totally on track- see a post itself on the topic got me a comment from the famous ‘chaiwala’ 🙂 😉
      welcome to Delhizen’s blog!

      Reply
  • 15. magiceye  |  March 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    BRAVO!!

    Great post full of channelised rage laced with sarcasm!!

    Re your query on my post – No have not yet held an exhibition of my pics

    Reply
  • 16. Purbaray  |  March 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I like Lakshmi’s short cut to fame idea! Pangaa lene kaa famous hone kaa 🙂

    Reply
  • 17. Vee  |  April 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

    i have read about this earlier but didn’t have this complete picture. hmm, quite innovative from the Government’s side.

    Reply

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