I am writing about this today, not because BloggingTips is related to the education system but when an eminent personality goes on to say “the blogger should be hanged” live, it is a cause of concern.
If I am not wrong, you are also a blogger and even though this is an isolated incident, it questions our freedom of speech.
A couple of days back, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in India ordered Internet Service Licensees that 73 URL’s be blocked as it critiqued the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) and its founder Mr. Arindam Choudhari.
To top all this, in a panel discussion with CNN-IBN show ‘Face the Nation’, Arindam targeted the two bloggers on panel, Shivam Vij and Maheshwari Peri, making the controversial statement that “the blogger should be hanged”.
I won’t go into the details of his IIPM and the fiasco unfolding, but I want to focus on our endangered right to speech.
Coincidence or not, I had written about how using social media to decry brands will cost you highly.
Ramifications for a Blogger
Personally, I feel that only targeting bloggers is very unfair. It is true that in the last 5 years, blogging industry has started to wield considerable power over online media. As a result, there are more people than ever to write, comment and discussion surrounding issues. To remain completely unbiased, I agree that some bloggers can get really up, close and personal where it is not warranted, the ire of Arindam and others who feel this way about other bloggers is completely unfair.
I am concerned about our future. Anonymous India has already brought down IIPM website. But, is this the solution?
The future of blogging is uncertain. If we are going to be threatened like this for voicing our opinion or criticizing unjust practices, where is the right to demand fair practice? Is business everything? Is it acceptable to sue everyone just because everyone is against your business model?
What can be done?
Chitraparna Sinha is the founder of Esmee Network, a company that offers digital marketing solutions to business owners through creatively engaging content development and marketing services across multiple verticals to improve branding and business revenue. She has been writing weekly columns on BloggingTips since early 2012.