28 July, 2021

Status Update? Bad

Assailed from all sides, does the UPA really hope to recover its ‘image’ by muzzling online dissent?

Status Update? Bad

Kapil Sibal ko gussa kyon aata hai? Butt of online jokes: Politicians in 'tweaked' cinematic avatars.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire. The UPA government has made it something of a fine art. Hardly had the ruckus over the decision to open up the retail sector to FDI died down than IT and communications minister Kapil Sibal unleashed another storm. A New York Times blogpost last fortnight revealed that the Indian government has been trying for some time now to get representatives of firms like Google and Facebook to remove “offensive” content from their sites.

It relates to material, the government says, that could be exploited to foment religious riots. “We are seeking their cooperation, and if somebody is not willing to cooperate on incendiary material, it is the duty of government to think of steps that...

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