August 31, 2012

The government should immediately ban the word 'Chinki' and focus on the Northeast region

Almost a month has passed, since a teenaged girl in Guwahati was molested by a mob and the video went viral all across the nation, but neither the state government nor the central government woke up to counter such a menace. This being one discreet case of molestation, the government could comfortably choose to ignore it at large. But then, the recent riots in Assam and now its retaliation in Indian metros, which largely got instigated through hate SMSs that went viral all across, highlight the repetitive indolent behavior of the government towards an entire set of people belonging to one region. The choreographed hate messages played a significant role in the migration of people of Northeastern states of India from cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai; and such a migration clearly is a blow to the pledge of a free India with equal rights for all.

The government on its part banned bulk messages for 15 days, as well as multimedia messages of over 25 KB throughout the country. The government also blocked a total of 310 web pages, which provided, in one form or the other, morphed images of riots in Assam which had been instigating hate sentiments among over 60 million Indian net users. The banned web pages include specific pages from Twitter and Facebook as well – it’s estimated that 36 million in India use Facebook and 15 million use Twitter. Our ruling elites have perchance presumed that banning SMS texts and some social networking sites is enough to stem the trouble – these in reality are actually the tip of the iceberg of a much deeper-rooted problem. Although the government has set the tone of its action by blocking the hate pages from various websites, this is more of a juvenile and a temporary step. What our policy makers forget is that till one and a half decades ago, there were no social networking sites, yet there had been numerous catastrophic riots in the region.

Thus, simply blocking web pages and SMS texts would not serve the purpose. This would neither deter the nuisance creator nor help in zeroing in on the actual perpetrators. The real criminals (or groups of criminals) are still scot-free and would be planning their next target. The government should have rather deployed and mobilized resources that could have traced the source of such hate messages, filtered them and brought the real culprits to task at the soonest – the speed, intensity and accuracy of action from the government, if there had been relevant ones, would have deterred the perpetrators instantly.

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14 comments:

Ganesh said...

Its the first time in many years that I have heard some one really showing concern for the people of Northeast in India.

Sudhir Kumar said...

The level of racism that I have seen in North India can't be worse than anywhere else in the country. It is the Indian capital Delhi that leads and this is what I have seen all throughout my stay there for the last 6 years.

Vijay Singh RY said...

People today are educated and wise enough to know what they should do and what not.

Alok kumar said...

I agree with you that simply banning bulk SMS won't help in any way.

Raj said...

The word chinki is more popular so as to describe anyone from the north east and not basically all the time to abuse or insult them. The way or attitude varies from person to person.

pankaj said...

.The govt. should have done something better than simply banning bulk sms or web pages......these thing won't help in any way and they know this better than us.

Rajesh Sharma said...

Earlier it was a war between the Hindus and the Muslims now its about the people of north east and the rest of India. Lets just wait and see what our govt. does to restore peace across the nation

Alok said...

How can the govt. resolve international issues with other countries when it is unable to resolve issues within the country????????

Dipti Nayak said...

I agree with you that India must adopt American way to abolish racism....if not completely,there can be some respite.

Atanu said...

The first thing that I want is the banning of reservation system in India....many people have problem with this wrong policy but nobody speaks out against it.

Deepak Verma said...

There are many states in India that needs serious attention and the govt. must act accordingly because it is India that they are serving and not only particular states.

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neerajpanjiyara said...

dear sir, i always concern about such trend of hatred in society which make many different countries within a country. this i think is more important issue then terrorism as latter could be contained by enhancing security measures but social enmity couldn't be solved similarly as it need change within which need time.........

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