China does a 'Googley'

Sunday, 05 February 2006 00:00

Google has agreed to censor the websites on its search engines - which the Chinese government considers sensitive - so that they can speed up the service. So if the Chinese people want to search about which their Government thinks sensitive they will get a message saying “the access to this website is restricted”. It is not surprising to know the lengths Beijing would go to prevent its own people from learning about Taiwanese independence, democratic reforms or any such issues concerning freedom in conflict with communism. It is another of those authoritarian efforts to quell the spirit of freedom and right to choose. By giving into Chinese demands the company will share a dubious honor with other major firms like Yahoo and Microsoft who have been censoring in compliance with Beijing’s whim. What the Government of China and Google do not understand is that no regime however powerful can never suppress truth and what is in public domain. What is the rational of this act when they aren’t preventing their people from moving in and out of the country? Do they really think that the people of China would not come across those “sensitive issues” unless they find a way to blind them, block their mind and then stop the subsequent word of mouth?


Karnataka on a losing spree

Written by Administrator Sunday, 22 January 2006 00:00

In the light of recent political squabbling in Karnataka, one is not sure as to how one should trust political parties and their doctrine. After the 2004 assembly elections when no party had clear majority, the so called secular forces tried to keep BJP, the single largest party, at bay. That motive may have been noble but the alliance of likeminded (?) parties in a way hijacked the uncertain political mandate in the state resulting in the defeat of the system. The mixed result suggested that no party was able to win the trust of people. However, the action followed illustrated that if the secular forces have gained majority that in turn should be inferred as political directive wished by people.

However, within 20 months, the JD(S) not in compliance with its “secular” name has decided to support the same BJP. No dialogue with its ruling partner, no debate but simply the overthrow. The only reason given was that they would like to teach a lesson to ruling Congress for the humiliation granted to it, suggests simply the greed for power. For the Congress it could be said that they are not adept in living the coalition politics and for JD (S), the less said the better.

If rising from this power struggle, the resultant government resorts to J&K style power sharing then all three big political parties would get roughly 20 months in office, with JD(S) having the larger share. Nevertheless, all of them would be losers, for the time constraint will not allow any of them to achieve what they might have been able to. Besides, the people of Karnataka, by far would lose 5 years of genuine administration of the state. However, they might have the last laugh as they would have seen all the three in power and could decide on the right party to lead them after 2009. But in any case, for that to happen they will have to get rid of patronizing blind partisan politics and think only the best interest of the state.


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