This government is trying to curb everything. Rather than concentrating on bringing in strong Lok Pal bill and fighting corruption, they are indulging in acts which are useless and of no importance.
Banning facebook contents and Google contents will not erradicate corruption , set the internet free.
Same goes to United States government, which is bringing in SOPA bill that is (Stop online piracy act). If the SOPA bill is passed then it would change the entire face of the internet, the government will take the entire control under them.
Its a law enforce to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.
I am also seeing India government trying to put their heads in online lead generation business as well. Online finance lead generation means bringing in prospects via online form. Example:- this site http://www.lifeinsurancequotes.uk.com .
In UK there are thousands of online brokers and merchants which are getting financial (loans, insurance) leads to large companies such as Aviva, Bupa, Axa and many other major groups. They get their comission on pay per lead basis... we had the same business model in India... but later the government changed the rules & regulations which destroyed entire lead based businesses.
Where there is money to be made.. no matter online or offline, our government is there to make laws for themselves to fill in their pockets.
What is making government so restless ? Do they want to clip the ‘freedom of expression’ which is a basic right for a human being of this country. Is government has accepted the defeat to fight with corruption, terrorism and other burning issues. And, don’t want this to get exposed infront of the people from one of the largest democratic countries. There are many questions that government need to address before they expect people to stay confident with their desired policies.Implementation of conditions over social networking sites is impractical and government should think about the other better alternatives of controlling the abusive contents over internet which could harm the community, religion or nation as a whole.
If it was an RTI, you always have inkling that the usual suspect is S C Aggrawal. Thanks to a different issue of sort, we have a new kid on the block. Save India from these rabble rousers who would highlight any issue for the sake of publicity.
On the issue of internet censorship, we have to understand the hypocrisy in India. The freedom of expression on internet in India is not like in USA where you have almost complete freedom. I have been writing blasphemous posts on internet and I find that the posts are censored in India more than USA. The moderators of outlook have done some special course in censorship where any post can be moderated if it against diatribe. If I write the same posts in some USA magazine, that post will not be censored. And I am referring to some of the best American websites like foreigpolicy.com and time.com.
One can understand the meaning of freedom of expression in India and USA by simply looking at the first amendments to the constition of both the countries. If this whole censorship has its basis in cultural relativism, we have to support the government on the issue. Indian ethics don't allow to criticize the religion on just basis because it hurts some one's holier than thou senstivities.
"As I always mentioned, the problem in India is not the fundamentalists but those we call ‘liberals’."
Amen. There is a nice word these people, "hypocrites"
It is clear that the government is slowly working towards muzzling our fundamental rights. But the usual howlers like Mahesh Bhatt, Arundhati Roy, Shabana Azmi etc. are predictably silent. As I always mentioned, the problem in India is not the fundamentalists but those we call ‘liberals’.
At a time when the government already neck-deep in trouble, the last thing one would expect it to do is court more headache. With this move, the Congress has proved that it has learnt nothing from the emergency.