Anil Thakraney: Sibal in Blunderland

09 Dec,2011

By Anil Thakraney


I think Shri Kapil Sibal lives in a world of fantasy. Much like Alice in Wonderland.


If you recall, the portly mantri made a sensational ‘discovery’ not too long ago. He claimed there was NO loss to the country in the 2G spectrum scam, and the figure being bandied about was in the media’s wild imagination. Yeah right, Alice.


And now he’s back with another dreamy idea: To gag the internet. I guess the loyal minister had a wondrous vision the previous night in his journey to Wonderland. Where he imagined millions of Indians collectively sucking up to Sonia G and family, even as scams raged in her backyard. I like Kapilji’s idea of Wonderful India. Except that it in reality it isn’t Wonderful India. It’s Incredible India. Where politicians loot and plunder the nation freely, and lord over the junta on the basis of the good ol’ ‘Divide & Rule’ policy.


In his fantasy, the mantri overlooked one critical ground reality: Leave alone the fact that it’s impossible to pre-screen millions of posts, the Indian Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to free speech. And when that right is misused, the courts decide on the fate of the alleged abuser. If we follow this principle when it comes to the traditional media, why must the digital media practise censorship?


It’s simple, really: You defame someone, promote communal hatred or indulge in any writing/creation that’s illegal, you face a court trial and if convicted, you get punished. A tweet or a Facebook update can as easily be retrieved as a newspaper article or a television bite. In fact, Mr Suhel Seth is currently battling a lawsuit because of some allegedly defamatory tweets on ITC. So there you are.


Basically, the man’s logic is so steeped in unreality, even little Alice would be confounded. What must worry us even more is that this nation is ruled by such fantastic ministers.




PS: Great work from Coke. Very touching. Keep a handkerchief on standby.

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One response to “Anil Thakraney: Sibal in Blunderland”

  1. Ananda Puranik says:

    Absolutely absurd idea!…His reasoning not only smacks of but drips with sycophancy

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