Status Update: Shoot (or block) the messenger

Mail Today cartoonist, R. Prasad, salutes the geniuses in the Indian government using the trouble in Assam to play around with Facebook and Twitter, including by reportedly blocking the IDs of journalists Kanchan Gupta and Shiv Aroor. The latter has put up this image on his Twitter handle.

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10 Responses to “Status Update: Shoot (or block) the messenger”

  1. Suresh Panje Says:

    Just because a couple of rumourmongers and mischief makers misuse a facility does not mean that the entire system is wrong although I am no fad of Facebook since I am unaware about its operation.
    As for the debate over banning the Facebook and assorted sites, I am reminded about certain foolhardy decisions that the authorities in IAF (during 1971-75) at Shillong in Meghalaya took like banning riding cycles since an airman died while on way to his workplace. In tune with such illogical decisions, I must avoid sleeping on a cot since my grandparents and my mother passed away on a cot.
    Let us recall and remember the good old adage about a knife that in the hands of a surgeon, it heals a person whereas the same clutched by a criminal could play havoc.

  2. Deepak Says:

    Finally something critical of MMS & Co. Kudos!! Keep it up.

    As long as people play vote bank politics, this problem will never be solved. It is not the politicians to blame, but the people who blindly behave as vote bank are the ones responsible for this mess.

    If people start voting on issues like corruption, governance, quality of life, then we will be a better society.

  3. Amrit Yegnanarayan Says:

    We have a tinpot regime in the guise of a democracy – what a shame.

  4. Nastika Says:

    An idle mind is the playground of the devil.

    The current govt (after being in power for 10 years), has lost all interest & ability to govern. Now that its idle, its playing devil.

    In Kannada, this is called, ಕೆಲಸವಿಲ್ಲದ ಬಡಗಿ ಮಗುವಿನ ____ ಕೆತ್ತಿದ.


  5. the colonel Says:

    the end target of the recent hate messages was the mobile.

    so ban all mobiles right.

    instead of finding how they got the database of all ne connections

  6. vignesh g Says:

    Ok. So

  7. Bk chowla Says:

    We have joi Esther club membership with N Korea and China

  8. harkol Says:

    The next target – the puppets dipicting MMS, Sonia, Mayawati, Rahul etc. in NDTV.

    After that they’ll come after any actor depicting a PM/CM etc.

    Then they will extend that courtesy to anyone – afterall law says you can’t ‘impersonate’ someone else, so you can’t even have a guy playing “krishna” or “Rama” in TV serials – that’s impersonation!!

    UPA2 = Emergency2012

  9. Nani Says:

    This MMS govt is shit scared where the trigger for its fall will come from before its term ends in 2014. With so many legal eagles in it and advising it, a suspicion or the slightest hint that a trouble is afoot anywhere is enough to see it pull out its weapons. Arrests, chargesheets, CBI inquiries, IT sleuths let loose on the ‘suspects’, internet control, censorship, and after what happened in Egypt, even facebook and twitter are giving jitters to the Congress.
    But it seems to be blind to the most allied of its allies – The Minority – and the trouble that they can cause it, knowingly or unknowingly. Dare not hold them responsible, so blame the neighbour.

  10. Nastika Says:

    How about India turning venture capitalist?

    After realizing that Twitter and Facebook may not comply with every order issued by the government departments, the government of India has decided to buy out Orkut and turn it into the national social networking website of India.

    “It will be like the Doordarshan of social networking websites,” a government official tried to explain the nationalization of Orkut, the formerly popular social networking website of Google.

    Post the nationalization, government will be able to monitor every “scrap” and community message posted by individuals and screen them for any objectionable content that could destroy the communal harmony or challenge the national security of India.


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