All hail the lords, or be gagged and killed!
What happens when mistakes of the government’s are out in the open? Does the government try to improve itself? Does it even try to apologize after looting one sixth of the country’s GDP? Does it quiver in its boots and feel the wrath of the people? No! It feels all this is ridiculous and goes on to do sensible things… like turn into a dictatorship. Yes we are officially under dictatorship so if you don’t want to waste time reading any further; you may run for your lives…
The government recently, in a move to gag the news channels brought the information and broadcasting board under its ambit. This means that if the ministry feels that something shown on tv is ‘inappropriate’, ‘anti-national’ or violates its ‘norms’ , it will take away the license for that channel to broadcast! As we may safely assume that the government feels that ‘it’ is the whole country and we are only their money minting slaves, it will just restrict channels who criticize their party, whichever comes to power. This move came right when the tide is well against the government. The politicians know what news channels can do once they have got whiff of something amiss. News channels played a huge role in exposing the politicians and were catalysts in mass movements against corruption. They also asked uncomfortable questions to politicians, “How do you own a private jet with models as your hostess, when everyone here in the studio supposedly earns more than you?” or “Why did you buy things for the common wealth games at 15 times the prices (:O) when the world tells me bulk buying should be cheaper?”
I believe that the media companies have no interest what so ever in showing people what they don’t want to watch, so by natural selection, the only programs that will survive are the ones people will watch, so why, in the so called largest democracy in the world (by population, dnt be so happy :P), is the government trying to control what people see. If anything needs to be controlled, it is the recent bollywood movies, to save people from becoming retarded, not the news channels and half naked celebs making love.
The politicians were astounded! “HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT? YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE STUPID!” They soon found out that the Right to Information Act actually works and all their happy looting was being exposed. They worked out that people were happily starving before the RTI came into being, when all they could do was die. They were still starving, but now had the proof and the politicians were going to jail! For a moment they thought of, being careful. They didn’t like the experience very much. They were the rulers elected and re-elected on the basis of ignorance.
All this civil power was highly unacceptable… So the politicians have started to question the RTI itself. Recently many politicians in what we are supposed to believe by coincidence have started attacking the RTI by saying it leads to inefficiency. Of course it does, a lot of the scams were exposed because of this act. Without RTI people might have never known the mind boggling figures upwards of thousands of crores which were taken out of their hard earned income, I think even the mogul emperor Aurangzeb took less money than that from his subjects and it was all white! The politicians want to efficiently loot people… They implement the ignorance is bliss thing, literally.
Now they seem to have suddenly realized that they are indeed the light for all darkness, the owners of all souls and so, people who file RTI application are being attacked and killed. Since last year at least 12 RTI activists have been murdered for seeking information on various government activities. They have been shot, slashed by knives and swords and severely beaten up.
So there is this act, implemented by the government to bring in transparency in its functioning, but if you use it, you will be killed… Neat.
There are only two places left which are yet to be touched by the infected hands of politics… They are maybe the most important tools that we have. One is the Supreme Court. The only body in the whole country which can dare to put sitting ministers in jail. And the other is the Internet, the only place where I can write and publish THIS without (probably) being tortured and killed. It is the only place where freedom of unendingly varied ideas can exist. Not selective, but free in a true sense. It is responsible for the rise and fall of many movements that will shape the history of man… I fear though, that after trying to gag the broadcasting channels and killing RTI activists, the Internet will be next… If it is, then we will be truly enslaved…