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Recently, a blogger landed in some trouble for a post on his blog.
The edited version of the blog post is here : Link. If you are interested in the unedited version, please contact me. Again, I do not claim to have it and I certainly don’t intend to distribute it ! But do contact me.
A majority of the internet users are hardly aware of the cyber laws in India, which again haven’t been effectively campaigned (the laws are here for interested bloggers and vetti buggers). A few points that should taken into consideration by all bloggers, especially while posting India related content and more so if you are in India.
1. Use of ‘Disclaimers’ in your post : This small keyword can save you; do not expect everyone to understand the pun and sarcasm, especially if you are dealing with sensitive issues/people.
2. Anonymous name : Being anonymous or not revealing your true identity does not guarantee anonymity. It just takes a couple of hours to track anyone down on the internet. Sad but true. (Unless you are a hacker. Not someone who just took a course in ethical hacking with Ankit Fadia. An experienced one. Even then I am not too sure.)
3. More keywords : Use keywords like ‘allegedly’ and ‘citation needed’ in case it is something you overheard, like rumours.
4. Rediff forums to vent out your anger. The cops are never going after the people there. They don’t have enough task force to do that. Disclaimer below.
5. If it is your blog, you are responsible for all the content and liable to charges in case of objectionable content.
6. Freedom of speech works well for views, opinions and debates, not vicious rants.
The bottomline is : Unless you are an established politician (the criteria for which being you should be capable of bringing down a whole city to a halt. The whole state/country is an added bonus, in which case all these arguments go for a toss), you are always on shaky ground.
Disclaimer : This post is an honest effort to create some awareness regarding cyber laws and blogging in India. Please write back in case of questions/suggestions. Everything mentioned is not necessarily true.
I am hoping everyone would have heard about Rahul Raj (and no, he is not Shahrukh Khan’s alter ego).
A youth from Bihar comes in to Mumbai at dawn, holds a bus at ransom in the morning and by noon is history, leaving behing a tale of politics and continued hatred, the end of which is nowhere in sight.
Sadly, almost no one has reacted as a responsible citizen.
The police are yet to disclose details of the incident, which could well be a deciding factor in the argument. Either way, if a passenger’s life was threatened, I would go with the Mumbai police here. They were not netting a butterfly here. This was an armed person they were dealing with.
Maharashtra Home Minister R.R.Patil made the famous ‘bullet for a bullet’ quote. And this, when he was in Sangli with hardly any details about the incident. Wonder why he did not apply his same logic all this time while the MNS was happily rampaging the streets of Mumbai.
Politicians from Bihar, weirdly united and most of whom are hailing Rahul Raj as a martyr, with even lesser details about the incident. Lalu Prasad Yadav calls it a murder and not an encounter, just because the police were not injured.
Mr Shivraj Patil, the Home Minister of India. It would be fair to say that a cute little kitten might scare me more than his words.
Lastly some people of Mumbai, who incidentally, also happen to be citizens of India. Very possibly as an indirect consequence to the recent incidents, a youth from UP was lynched in a train in Mumbai.
Whatever your opnion might be, I think across the board we can atleast agree that the recent incidents have brought out the worst in everyone.
And that terrorists are not born, we make them.