In the last 18 days I have not written a word…not a single post. I am lazy and if there was some award for it I will get it, no doubts there but I was not lazy these 18 days…I was pissed by the sexual harassment case we were fighting. Well, needless to say we lost. My friend or call her whatever, got her job terminated suddenly and the VP who was responsible is much happy. He actually threw a party.
So I was pissed and decided that since nothing works anyways….writing, painting, singing, fighting…or whatever so why should I waste my time doing all this….blogging being one of them. Well , so I was spending whatever free time watching crime serials on TV…and no, not news…that is another shitty thing. You watch news then you are sure nothing good is ever going to happen.
Then I was surfing channels and a politician turned up and he says what?
The political genius declares that the riots in a certain part of India (UP for those who know India) was due to this thing called Social media…facebook, twitter, blogging…etc…and so they should be controlled, monitored, censored, banned…whatever synonym you know add it here.
No, I am not panicking on what one politician said. But I worry. Why?
Just a few months back information and Broadcasting ministry of India had banned and blocked many websites that were criticizing the Indian government….they remain blocked till date. It is still doing so but one at a time so that no red flags are raised. Some of the cartoonists and writers had to go to jail on sedition charges. By the way these sedition charges were penned 200 years ago by the British raj so that they could throw the Indian freedom fighters in jail. This same 200 years old sedition charges were applied to the said cartoonist and writer! Well, like I always say India is a peculiar country full of political geniuses. So every time any politicians from the government says that “social media should be banned.” I worry.
Here is a list of banned websites in India :
India has suffered emergency in 1975 when all rights were suspended. So yes, I worry.
If a common man says ban the social media…I don’t give a shit but if an elected representative says it, yes I worry. … and more so because some or the other elected members have been saying it every now and then….yes, I worry because he/ she has to power to act upon what he/she said.
Now, if someone does not want to use social media that’s his / her issue..like for example me in the last 18 days but telling me or anyone else that I should not use social media is not acceptable…so I am posting this and will keep posting even if I don’t want to….and after posting this I will spend a little time on facebook and twitter from now on. I might sound childish…but for the time being this seems the best way to exercise my democratic rights….even if it means I share nothing but the photograph of some random toddler!
Like I said there were riots in some remote village of Utter Pradesh (one of the most backward) states of India. Everyone knows it was the politicians who had incited the violence….election are in 2014 and Indian politicians will and can do anything to please their vote banks . People died and homes were burnt down and well we Indians are all sad and angry and suffering from a constipated courage as always…so long story short…many politicians came on TV and said :
“The riots were because of social media.”
A few questions for these genius politicians:
Half my country is naked, hungry and uneducated. And UP more so, being one of the most backward states. Now to use social media you need a computer and then have to know how to use it and then you need a internet connection. Illiteracy, poverty and unemployment is so high in UP that their people are common part of jokes and derision , I wonder how they used a computer? And even if someone posted something how could anyone read when they don’t know what they are reading? And then there might be no internet connection? And then People don’t even know how to put their signature illiteracy is that high in some villages … So, how are they going to understand social media?….even me who keeps breaking my head against my laptop don’t understand most of it! But anyways let us suppose everyone in India is educated and an expert in social media…. this is how everything works:
1. there are riots…. because of social media.
2. there is poverty…. because of social media.
3. there is corruption…. because of social media.
4. there is lawlessness… because of social media.
5. there is hunger… because of social media.
6. there is nepotism … because of social media.
7. there are rapes….because of social media.
8. there is terrorism ….because of social media.
9. the roads are bad, government offices don’t work ….the list can go on and on…..and everyone is frustrated because of social media.
To sum it up any problem in India is because of social media!
Well, why does the government look at it this way:
We Indians will not clean our house come what may so it is better we lock it up . Everyone is frustrated and the Government is not interested in our complaints…..if there is no social media no one will have a facebook, twitter, G+, Glipho to go to and complain to anyone and everyone who gives us half an ear. So, ban social media and that way no one knows we are dirty!
And this is what I believe social media is: It is the only embodiment of what is left of an ideal democracy : by the people, for the people and of the people, whereas democracy in reality has become: by the thugs, for the thugs and of the thugs.
Social media has made each one of us into journalists…the one force that needs to be clean for society to have any dignity and justice.
So, I will write even if someone doesn’t like it…and hope you will too…and keep sharing that toddler photograph! Ask the Chinese or the Iranians or those under the rule of Taliban….well, while my India struggles to become a better country there will always be forces that want it to go worse.
About Social media like they say about everything worthy, “You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.”
So tomorrow if you see my blog blocked you know who did it and why?