It is a ‘Wow! ‘moment for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Indian fans as the Hollywood action hero, the Body-Building Icon and also the former California governor has arrived in Delhi to be the guest of honour at the 4th Panasonic Green Globe Foundation Awards to give away the Green Globe Award to Abhishek Bachchan for ‘Outstanding efforts in fighting climate changes by a celebrity’. It is reported that his stay in India is just for a day and has no plans to explore India .
Pune,31st January ‘2012 at around 9 am, two army jawans riding a motorcycle picked up a fight with traffic policemen when they stopped the army men from going into a no-entry zone for two-wheelers, at Tilak Chowk. The argument turned violent after police constables tried to issue a ‘challan’. Some civilians who tried to break up the fight were also beaten up. Police teams and Army men in six vehicles rushed at the spot to ease down the situation.
But later, about 40 Army personnel went to the police station and damaged it. A case has now being filed over the clash and Army assured strict action against jawans found guilty.
All in all , Pune seem to have become a city always in news, starting this year . Be it, the mentally unstable bus-driver who ransacked vehicles and ended up killing 9 people, and then three people being burnt alive, part of some gang-rivalry and now the cops and the army raging against each other. Who knows, soon MNS activists may ransack some offices or beat-up some auto-rickshaw drivers just to retain Pune in news !
Shah Rukh Khan and Shirish Kunder, more known as Farah Khan’s husband in Bollywood ended up in a brawl in a Late-Night Party thrown by Baba Deewan, Sanjay Dutt’s friend to celebrate Agneepath’s success. Among the many , Shah Rukh and Farah were also invited.
Shirish Kunder had been tweeting sarcastically about Ra.One’s failure in the box-office which was Shah Rukh’s Home Production and it is also being said that even in the party , he kept annoying him some way or the other resulting which Shah Rukh and his Body Guards attacked him.
Well, while Shirish and Farah had their version of the brawl to sing about in the media and Sanjay Dutt and others in the party had a different version. The only thing which sounds common is Shah Rukh Khan punched Shirish.
Shah Rukh Khan has rarely been heard inviting trouble and knows how to maintain his stardom hence it is quite possible that Sirish Kunder may have harassed him so much that ‘punching’ was the only option.
On 4th February 2012 , bidding for IPL players would start in Bangalore and no Big Deal if in the forthcoming T20 matches scheduled in Australia , witness Indian Bats swinging for good. Matches are to be held on 1st and 3rd of February on Sydney and Melbourne pitches respectively. These matches would have sure impact on the bidding process of Indian players who are enlisted in IPL and would be playing these 2 T20s as well. So miracles of India winning the T20s(at least one of the 2 matches) may happen as it is not the nation but the personal worth of the players of India which would be on stake.
Regardless,whether the players play for themselves or the nation, it is important that India wins. That would somehow bring back a little bit of lost respect of Team India which got shattered in the Test Matches played with Australia and previously with England.
Petitioner, Vinay Rai believes this is in public interest and he has filed this complaint as ‘affected person’ who believes in a ‘secular India’. Vinay considers the content on sites like Google,Facebook , Twitter and other such sites , including blogging sites contain unfiltered materials which are dangerous for the community and peace and harmony of the nation. He does not want the sites to be banned in India but contents should be filtered by the networking sites and search engines before going public, in India.
It might be a coincidence that he raised his voice against these sites almost around the time when the Congress Minister, Kapil Sibal declared his discontent with such sites.
Well, his complaint was slightly different from his views of filtration of content. He has accused the issue as a conspiracy between authors and the respondents to defame India with clear intentions to spread communal violence in the country.
Delhi High Courts decision might have contented him temporarily by asking these sites to filter contents in the interest of country else face ban like in China.
Point is, today, World is considered a Global – Village and indeed it is. Just by removing contents considered objectionable in the interest of a country can it be guaranteed the contents wont create their impact when they would be freely shown in other parts of world. Do Indians live only in India. Given such circumstances, an Indian staying in Europe may get to see such content and may call up back in India, and discuss the same stuff with his friends and family and that may spread anyways. In such situation people would just follow others version of story and may react more badly. Isn’t that possible?
Since the internet has become prominent source of communication and expression , in India and the world, users have witnessed unlimited content which hurt religious and patriotic sentiments and most of them do not retaliate as they are literate enough to understand offender’s spineless frustration which might have forced him to talk or draw contents against a religion or country. The ones who might feel offended have the liberty to contradict, question and react. Nobody stops anyone. It is fair. How many times in India riots have taken place due to contents on the internet?
By banning sites or even by filtering contents are we not taking away an opportunity of discussion, an opportunity of debate, an opportunity of correcting and above all “freedom to speech and express” ?
Is this ban not a way of saying ‘ None speaks against me.’ Is it democracy and secular thought process or dictatorship , inside the couch of ‘being offended’?
A few group of hardliners can stop someone to speak out as it happened in case of Rushdie. Point is did his expression in his book inspire someone to change his faith and if it all it did so , he never deserved to be in the clan, good for the followers of faith that a hypocrite is gone.
It is not the content on the internet but our conscious mind which filters what to react on and how and that is how it has been happening since internet has become public. And anyways, if a content is strong enough to shake religious or patriotic faith then such faith in religion or nationality itself was fake. Do we have ‘only’ admirers in our surrounding? The answer is NO and even after knowing someone does not like us or our views or dressing, we do not go ahead and attack him. We carry on without even explaining, in most of the cases.
Moreover, if a nation has to take a decision on banning on internet or its content, it has to be put for voting, the way we elect our Government. Let the majority decide what they prefer.
Election Commission officials have seized over 79 lakh litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor during this poll campaign in Punjab. Nearly 3,60,000 bottles of country liquor were confiscated before being distributed to the voters. Another 63,000 litres of illegally distilled liquor has been seized.
Previously, 183 cartons of alcohol were seized from a truck in Akali Dal candidate Bibi Jagir Kaur’s constituency and hence she is booked for bribing voters. Another Akali Dal candidate, Swaroop Singla, also landed in trouble after organising a party for more than 200 people in a resort in Bhatinda, where booze flowed freely. Even Congress candidate from Jalandhar, Rajinder Beri was questioned by the media after a sting operation revealed the investigating journalist, posing as a voter, was given a piece of paper with a signature on it, when he asked for some incentive. All he had to do is show the slip in the nearby liquor shop to avail 6 bottles of liquor.
Cash and Liquor are the incentives given to vote in favour of respective political parties since long but its time the voters realize their moral responsibilities. Blaming the parties is easier but is it not a fact that if the crowd denies such unwanted incentives, this would cease to work for people who buy India’s future so cheaply.
We all want an honest government but when it comes to us, we become dishonest to ourselves. Its time we realize, Anna lies inside all of us and before supporting the Lokpal Bill we should support the Honest Human inside us which knows the difference between wrong and right clearly but ends up giving up infront of dishonesty.