Thursday, August 23, 2012

Problem: Elections! Solution: Emergency 2012!

This is from the New YorkTimes: “The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative. They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name”. In other words any quote from the Obama campaign that appears in media is pre-censored by his press office. Out in the US they are now calling it “quote approval” or “message approval”. In India the govt and the media are creating “phenomenon and semantics” to create fear and through it muzzle free speech. The phenomenon here is to use the Assam violence and subsequent events to create fear and panic and distract from many other real issues. The semantics: Spreading hate, images inciting violence, hate-speech and communal threats! And all of this mainly coming from only one source: Social media on the internet.

The entire sequence of events after the Assam riots is turning into one bizarre conspiracy. It almost seems very well thought out, planned and implemented. The violence at Azad Maidan followed by that at Lucknow by those in “garbs and dressed up” as Muslims (as TOI states) do not seem to be accidents. If there were fake but provocative images of killings in Assam or Burma on the internet they were used by the riot-mongers in ‘print’ at both places. It is not the Internet or websites that directly provoked any violence or communal hatred. Evidence based on people arrested so far in Bangalore and Kerala clearly indicate use of mobile services for bulk SMSes and MMSes to instigate fear and the exodus. From August 12 the media had started receiving the memo. Blame it on Pakistan! Blame it on Social Media! They broke it gently and then raised the pitch by accusing FB, Twitter and websites of hate-speech, inciting communal violence.

On TV channels and Twitter the agenda-driven media folks, led by CNN-IBN and NDTV, were on a rampage issuing warnings, threats and messages to social media about spreading hate and inciting violence. The stage was set – Enter Kapil Sibal and Sachin Pilot. I had alerted the Internet/Social Media censorship plan in my post “Assam & Azad Maidan - How MSM Sibalises Riots” on August 12. A private message even reports that some Twitter handles were reported to the govt for blocking by members of MSM. Not surprising! Once the stage was set by the MSM, the junior guy, Sachin Pilot, embarked on a mindless rampage blocking websites, FB accounts and individual web pages. Not much success with Twitter yet. Let’s ignore the nonsense about fake or parody accounts of @PMOIndia. That’s another smoke-screen. So what did they block so far?

CIS Blocked sites (Click to enlarge)
Here’s a graphic from the CentreFor Internet Society that indicates 309 sites and pages that have been blocked. (Caution: They claim this is based on a leak and also some sites may still be accessible on certain ISPs). The 309 figure seems close as Indian Express corroborates. IE also adds an important and shocking opening para: “Out of the 245 web pages that the government had blocked till Monday, not more than one-fifth contained any reference to the people of the Northeast or the recent violence in Assam, indicating that the role of Pakistan’s internet users in creating the hate atmosphere that caused people of the Northeast to flee home from cities like Bangalore, Chennai and Pune could be exaggerated”.

Outlook (Click to enlarge)
Is any of all this surprising? Oh by the way, in case some are still wondering how fake images provoked violence here is a telling article in Outlook Magazine titled “Will Justice Katju please take note?” . Actually the title is quite misleading. The article concerns an Urdu news bulletin circulated in Delhi that used the fake images to provoke Muslims. Again, that’s a PRINT version. I have, naturally, blocked the gory image from the article here but on the Outlook page the image is reproduced as in the original Urdu article and as was seen all over during the last few weeks. So why this alarmingly knee-jerk reaction from the Congress govt and most in the mainstream media? One word: Elections! Some of the “approved messages” are indeed stunning:

Ø    Sagarika Ghose implied the RSS, who were helping the NE victims, was behind the Bangalore exodus and that they had an “agenda”. She wasn’t alone, there were many others. Message: Right wing Hindus were spreading hate and rumours and threats.
Ø    TOI describes the rioters in Lucknow as people in “garbs” and “dressed up” as Muslims.
Ø    Frequent appeals and warnings by media persons on Twitter warning Twitterati to avoid rumour mongering, spreading hate and inciting communal sentiments. And though the messages are general, the target is the huge Hindu population on Twitter and the internet.
Ø    Denounce the “Illegal Bangladeshis” reality on TV shows and print articles and portray Muslims as the victims. Completely avoid mentioning the role of Asaduddin Owaisi and his “third-wave” threat from the parliament.
Ø    Constantly accuse Indians on social media from across the world, again mostly Hindus, of abusing freedom of speech and inciting communal hatred.
Ø    Blame Pakistan without real evidence but act against websites from India. Even innocuous web pages that discussed Assam or the Exodus were blocked. Some Twitter accounts are also blocked to spread further fear and panic.

A govt that can fall and face elections at any time will go any lengths to create fear and panic. A govt that is corrupt will go any lengths to block dissent. 2014 is still some time away. The first target would have to be Gujarat. It needs no Einstein to discover that a huge majority in the social media are Narendra Modi fans and BJP sympathisers. Semantics? Tag them as Fascists, Extremist-Right-Wing and people who “spread hate”. Another massive victory for Modi in Gujarat presents the greatest and clear danger to the Congress govt at the centre. It is also hurtful to them that Modi has proved to be far more net-savvy and has been successfully able to harness social media to further his cause and politics. SM will naturally play a major role in campaigning and propaganda in all future elections. The dissenting voices on the net need to be tamed, if not silenced, since the Congress is losing the social media war. The Gujarat cottage industry of hate, Teesta, Mallika, Barkha, Rajdeep and others, has been defunct therefore newer options needed.

Although the Congress claims to be the party that fought for our freedom from the British, it has stood for anything but freedom and independence. At every threat to its power at the centre or any state it has resorted to the most absurdly repressive measures. Curbing free speech has always been the permanent pet project of the Congress and its govt. In December 2011 in the parliament Ram Jethmalani altered a commonly used saying about power thus: “Power corrupts but the prospect of losing power corrupts absolutely!” If the Congress loses power then the media, which is soaked in corruption and luxury by its collusion, will also lose the battle. Indira Gandhi did it in 1975, Sonia Gandhi and her cronies have just about implemented a veiled Emergency in 2012. The worst is still to come but this time around it is unlikely they will manage to suppress speech. The internet is not like Congress sycophants, it’s now the mother of free speech. 


  1. In emergency75 asked to bend MSM crawled except for the heroic IE
    Emergency2012 however has the MSM crooks as the primary conspirators and sadly this time around IE is part of these MSM crooks!
    - dp

  2. Very well said Ravi.!! Very impressive study, had to agree :-))

  3. Stinging. For want a better word. This Govt needs to go and it has to go now.

  4. let me put this systematically, there are four metros in india, out of which two metros are ruled by cogis i.e delhi and mumbai, since delhi is capital of our country congis chose mumbai. At first they gave permission to raza academy to organize rally irrespective of their voilent past. After that they systematically stopped police from taking any action against them. After that they all blamed social media for it. And remember the culprits who are now arrested are incidently from constitutincies of congi,ncp and SP and anyone who knows mumbai can easily guess that they are arrested from kurla,bandra east garib nagar, malad east i.e they are arrested from slums and were unskilled workers.. It amuses me how these uneducated people can have accounts on twitter and fb and can watch videos from youtube.. These are systematic attempts to censor social media.. And we should understand the conspiracy..

  5. In the garb of blocking communal things .. they really want to block the factual content on Nehru clan. This is really disturbing .is this democracy? Ours and children future really going into dark.Do we vote to make Nahuru Clan to be PM or for our betterment? People who vote should come out and vote for better ideas instead of person worship (like sachin is cricket ,cricket is sachin) whoever plays good should be in team.

  6. we all educated must keep a close watch on developments .If we hindus are united still there is chance to survive . RSS is true secular team +Modi + Ramdev team +anna supporters under one umbrella can face the enemies -congress ,SP,BJP,CPI/CPM etc.
    The appeasement politics has destroyed ethics in India and must be curbed by new system .India respects all religions if they remain in harmony and peace .Bangladeshi immigrants is a problem and can be solved thru UID cards and making border sealed with latest sensors which shoots any intruder like china has on its borders .

  7. Hi Ravi, I don't know whether you saw this news in TOI

    Apparently they can't see the 80%, but some seemingly 20%.

  8. from wikipedia - On 26 June 1975, a the day after emergency was imposed in India, the Bombay edition of The Times of India in its obituary column carried an entry that read "D.E.M O'Cracy beloved husband of T.Ruth, father of L.I.Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope and Justica expired on 26 June".
    this situation should never ever be thrust upon us either by 'the one whose name should never be mentioned by paid mediacrooks 'or her wretched underlings including crooked journos.

  9. 1975: they were asked to bend, they chose to crawl.
    2012: they were paid to crawl, they chose to lick ****.
    Sigh, how times change, but servility remains a constant.

  10. I saw the twitter handles banned, some of them were a regular on your feed. Felt extremely disappointed by what's happening! To my head, I cannot imagine what comes next? Hope NaMo really becomes PM in 2014! India DESERVES a change....

  11. India is headed for another partition. The small ray of hope in that is that more and more people believe a full and final transfer of populations is the only solution.

    1. Dear Nam,

      I completely disagree with you my friend.
      Final transfer of population : YES,very much required.
      Partition for that sake : Absolutely noways.
      You don't bargain with infiltrators but kick them out in cold to die. Their is no place for weak hearted people when it comes to war & own's existence.

  12. Every patriotic Indian would love an election now...but election, no matter what will not happen before 2014. Period.

    The next 2 years will be filled with scams...allies will claim their share to not to pull out of government...govt will not do any job and blame coalition politics for it.

    sigh : (

  13. on Twitter, NATIONALISTS BANNED...--
    and the accounts of OWAISI , ABU AZMI, RAJ THACKERAY, BABBAR KHALSA, ZAKIR NAIK and RAZA ACADEMY are still spewing venom!!
    Real Indians will be strangulated by the traitors within who have now acquired shamelessness and smugness to colossal proportions..SHAME SHAME SHAME!!

  14. Every one in Assam knows the actions of Ajmal Mian of AIUDF. He is the root cause of Assam violence. He has even dared Gogoi and is roaming free. I understand he was one of the conspirators of 11/8. This appeasement of Muslims must stop. It started with Gandhi and now must end with Psuedo-Gandhis.


  16. sorry i wrote that comment on caps, i was so angry at that time

  17. Sonia(in Italian accent): This Ramdev fellow is getting on my nerves. Now, what would Indira ji have done?
    Troublshooter Chamcha (looking up scrap book): Income tax raid!
    Sonia : Right. Order one now.
    (Short while later)
    Sonia: Too much opposition from the public. What would Indira ji have done?
    TC (Turns back more pages of scrapbook to 1975): Indira ji imposed censorship. She also imposed Emergency but lost the elections because of it.
    Sonia: OK, censorship it is.
    (Still later)
    Sonia: This censorship thing doesn't seem to be working too well. The internet users are getting louder and ruder. What would Indira ji have done?
    TC (furiously shuffling pages): Er... er... that is... There wasn't any internet in those days.
    Sonia: Then in that case what would Benito ji have done?
    TC: Benito ji?
    Sonia: Yah. Mussolini ji.

  18. We have become a laughing stock in the world. UPA is obviously rattled by the unending scams, riots, price-rise etc. Govt's chief trouble shooters and PR agents the "MSM" have not been successful in covering up the loot and scams of this regime, because unlike the old days, the social media, exposes the lies peddled by them in real time with facts and evidence. The next election prospects for UPA, looks bleak, and these blocks are a desperate measures to gag free speech with hope that, the "critical & negative" impact of social media is contained. It is sad that a gang of journos are hand in glove with the Govt in suppressing Free Speech. Govt's efforts to ban the social media, have shown the moronic Govt officials and their equally moronic planners in the media, in pathetic sight. The ban so far has been patchy, illogical, irrational and have ended with blocking their own minister, and sites which debunked falsehood and lies of "atrocities on muslims in maynmar". But mediacrooks had indeed predicted the ban raj, a few ago, once again confirms his amazing ability to predict future events with precision.

  19. these media crooks should be thrown into ganga, they have no right to live in our society since they are ruining it. strip them publically and if possible should be flogged.


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