Monday, December 12, 2011

To Kapil Sibal, With Love - Deep Throat


In a couple of days from now (on December 15) Kapil Sibal is scheduled to hold a round-table conference with Internet giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft and maybe some more. Let’s just call these companies ISPs. Sibal’s stated purpose is have these companies develop new guidelines that will keep obscene and abusive content off the internet. He also has problems with such content being posted by anonymous people. CNN-IBN and NDTV through their interviews with the minister have helped defend his actions and deny that he had called for “pre-screening” of content, although the whole world is now quite clear that what he attempted was a grand scheme of ‘political censorship’ mainly to protect Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi from being criticised or made fun of on the net.

KaranThapar’s ‘massage’ can be read here at the CNN-IBN site. Like I mentioned in my previous post the Indian media had blacked out news of various meetings Sibal had with the ISPs and it took the NYT to ‘leak’ the news. Karan Thapar even went to the extent of asking Sibal if NYT was “getting at him”! Getting at him? Getting at him for what? Here, a journalist is implying that there might be motives for the NYT article even when Sibal himself hadn’t suggested it. That’s Indian media for you. Here’s the answer for Karan Thapar: Reporting news of devious plans of the govt. is called “news reporting” and reporting it is the only motive. There need not be other motives to report news as may be the case for some Indian media outlets and journalists. Heather Timmons who broke the news in NYT seems to have jokingly told Sibal's office they were just keeping them on their toes.Well, that's what media is supposed to do, unlike CNN-IBN which searches for "motives". Thapar further asks if NYT confirmed the story with Sibal before publishing. That is truly the height of stupidity by Thapar. Are newspapers supposed to confirm stories with wrong doers when they might have “reliable sources”? Haven’t the greatest stories come from “reliable sources”? Importantly, nowhere in the whole interview with Thapar does Sibal deny or refute the story of NYT. To top it all Kapil Sibal responded stating he doesn’t want to attribute motives but the “circumstantial evidence” is clear. Aha! Circumstantial evidence that Sibal was about to commit a major offence was pretty much exposed.
 
Here’s another exchange:
Karan Thapar: Let's then come back to what you say was your central focus, blasphemous and offensive content on these Internet platforms. When did you first raise this issue with the Internet platform?

Kapil Sibal: Way back on the September 5 we raised this issue and we circulated some of the content that was blasphemous, that you mentioned, and demeaning. They agreed with it and we said let’s start a dialogue and come back to us within four weeks.
Needless to mention, Sibal had started out this venture by showing off dirty pictures of Sonia Gandhi to the ISP heads and had then turned it around to dangers of “communal violence” owing to content on the net. Laughable! There is an important term Sibal uses for which it would be even fair to hang him. He says he circulated content that was “blasphemous”! Blasphemous? Against whom or against what religion? India does not have a blasphemy law so how in the world does Sibal make such statements. Is this some Islamic country? People may be killed in Pakistan and other Islamic countries but India definitely does not have blasphemy laws. This is what the honourable minister would like to bring into India?

Then again, Sibal has a problem with ‘Anonymity’ on the internet for the objectionable content that he cites. Okay! On the night of June 4 thousands of innocent protesters were assaulted by the police at the Ramlila grounds in Delhi. These were not anonymous rodents. These were humans in flesh and blood. The protesters were neither violent nor threatened violence. Will Sibal answer why these dissenting voices were dealt with so violently? Karan Thapar did not ask him that question. This Congress govt simply wants to shut out any kind of dissent. The attack on Ramlila crowd resulted in the death of an innocent woman. Did any head roll for it? What happened at Ramlila is symbolic of a govt that wants to shut out dissent everywhere. It is not pornography or obscenity that really bothers Kapil Sibal. The fact that people are angry and trashing this govt and their secretive Gandhis on the net does bother him.

Following the exposure of Sibal’s grand scheme to shut off dissent Outlook magazine published many of the pics that have floated on the net for quite a while. There might be more. If you look closely, these pics are humorous and funny rather than offensive. Sure, one might say some are in ‘bad taste’ but surely, bad taste is neither illegal nor punishable. The one pic that Outlook missed was “BhrashtAchar” (Referring to Corruption by politicians with Sonia Gandhi’s image) and that humorously conveys the corruption that has so become synonymous with the Congress. And usually such pics and content generally fade away after a few laughs but Sibal has made sure these will be saved and circulated a lot more than before. Such is the stupidity of his action. As far as anonymity goes there is a brilliant post by RealityCheck India, titled “Thank you Google” which completely destroys the premise on which Sibal partly makes his arguments.

Sibal then talks about child pornography being a serious problem on the net. I dare him to name even one ISP he met which allows child pornography. Every ISP has strict rules and guidelines against child pornography and does not allow such content. If they come across such content the user is permanently banned. Even regular adult content comes with a warning of the content being so. So Sibal doesn’t really fool anyone. Even so, in the US pedophilia is not a free speech issue. In fact, Amazon.com was selling a book titled "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct". This was withdrawn due to consumer protest and not because it broke any law. So Sibal must rest assured people have a better sense of the limits and what to reject.

Finally, on the issue of porn and anonymity let me assure Sibal that even porn stars mostly carry screen names and not their real names. Believe it or not, the title of the first commercially successful feature porn film in the USA was also involved in a way in bringing down Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal. The deep source from the FBI that fed important leaks to Bob Woodward was nicknamed “Deep Throat” by one of his group editors as he was a deep source and at the time the porn movie of the same name was commercially doing well. For over three decades that anonymous source was the greatest secret in the world. It’s only the late W. Mark Felt, former Deputy Director of FBI himself revealed that he was deep throat. Have a laugh Mr. Sibal, there might be deep throats in the Congress who are leaking information to the NYT and other journals. As for the Congress, trying to silence the Internet won’t help. Honest governance might help!

12 comments:

  1. Well done! Really well done. I wonder what'll happen during the deliberations that will take place on the 15th. Will ISP's be paid off heavily to screen existing content. For ex all controversial content & photos of the Maino clan maybe removed. Subrammanian Swamy's Exposed series on YT removed. Radia tapes.... the list is so long.

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  2. The ELM itself has been exposed badly on the Internet; therefore they will side with Kkkangress without any reservations.
    As for the party of cons, " vinaash kale vipareet buddhi" is an understatement.
    Let's hope they are kept out of power for at least 25 years this time!

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  3. This is a very brilliant write-up. Thank you for a wonderfully articulated piece.

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  4. Please: Google is not an ISP. BSNL, Airtel are.

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  5. @ Anonymous above...

    The term ISP was used in a broader sense as mentioned in the very first para of this post. In that respect Google etc. are referred to ISP...

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  6. Ravinar, Your deep-throat analysis is as usual crisp and full of relevance. Congrats.

    While chidambaram is an obvious insult to his brethren in the state for being the Home Minister of this country, this guy Kapil Sibal is one hell of a joke, first as a Education Minister and now as the dutiful servant for cloth-covering Madam Sonia and her fragile son with his winter uniforms! Poor facebook owners, they would never have imagined the situation that in India, the oldest political party(please also read freedom fighters party!) still holds bare the slavest members of the Indian society! Shame.

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  7. Karan Thapar is a low life. Wonder who is worse, these Congress looters or rodents like Barkha, Rajdeep, Sagarika, Vinod Sharma (HT)or Kumar Ketkar. These low life omnivore Media stooges feed on the blood of starving Indians by supporting corrupt forces.

    There would always be corrupt and greedy people in political parties. The tragedy is that the media's role is to expose such people. Instead media pimps like Karan Thapar actively enable evil politicans using every trick in the book. The current Congress lot has become so dependent on these evil and 'brainy' media stooges that their own brains have shrunk down to pea size. Kapil Sibal's gaffes just show that the Congress party has already become a dinosaur close to extinction.

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  8. some media (read Aaj tak and cartoon news) dedicated the whole evening that Anna is under the radar of militants. and they actually have an eye/ear witness to the plot. lolz.

    I mean there had been such many big terror attacks and none came forward as a witness. I mean all attacks up till now have been possible with local help.

    I suspect a big agenda of planting/doctoring news to derail Anna's upcoming fast.

    They have no way to oppose the permission to ram lila ground except for this.

    say what guys??

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  9. @ urban lama
    Nice point about Anna Terror threat. Have you noticed how in last 5-6years you have a news (atleast weekly) of how there is a terror threat here and there. It has become a ritual of finding terror threats during New Year, Republic Day, Holi, Shivratri, Ram Navmi, Independence Day, Janmashtmi, Ganesh Chaturthi & visarjan, Gandhi Jayanti, Navratri, Dussehra, Diwali and other festivals.

    Has any news channel bothered to find how many people have been caught red handed plotting such attacks - My guess is as good as yours - ZERO should be the answer.

    The terror threats - top secret missions of terrorists - are shared by Home Ministry for Media to be shared publically while maintaining confidentiality. ha ha ha

    This is new route taken my Congress to show they are active on internal security without doing anything. This has gain more prominence since Mumbai Taj attacks. Further it also helps the statement of Clown Prince that 99% of attacks are taken care and only 1% succeed.

    Media shows this since Congress and their ilk pay for their salaries big time.

    It is high time that Indian Nationalists come forth to invest in news / media channel (atleast 2-3) to showcase the real picture.

    Regards
    Vineet


    Ravinar Nice article - Very Well said

    My response to your previous article also holds good here - apologies for repeating who have already read it
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    Ravinar

    Great Job - What else you can expect of a party which imposed Emergency on the country. And is currently doing the same in various forms. MSM was up in arms against Justice Katju when he showed him the mirror but silent on websites for even they (MSM) want the internet content to be controlled.

    As for MSM - I am reminded of Advani's famous quote about Media role during Emergency "They crawled when they were asked to bend"

    Kashmir Cinema Halls - Had Farooq Abdullah not mentioned it in one of the statements, most of us wouldnt have been aware of cinema hall ban in Kashmir. May have heard about it when imposed, but it was off the radar for quite some time now. Wonder why Barkha Dutt, spokesperson for Hurriyat, never confronts kashmiri separatists with their Talibani mindset.
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  10. Excellently written and I heartily agree. Id very much like to second this message to Mr. Sibal and his fellow cronies.
    Cheers!

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  11. Very nicely written, keep up the great work!!!!

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  12. In Indonesia there is this anti blasphemy law just what Kapil Sibal would love. Someone posted "there is no God" on Facebook and got arrested.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2012/01/23/indonesian-detained-for-facebook-post/

    Perhaps send our Sibal over to Indonesia?

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