How is Savita Bhabhi a Threat to India’s National Security?
“Ask the Home Ministry, because this is a security issue.”
That is what India’s Minister for Communications and Information Technology said recently when asked about the lack of transparency in the blocking of websites in India.
Now, one of the websites blocked in India is Savita Bhabhi, as also several mirror websites of the same. Savita Bhabhi, as you doubtless know, was a soft-porn web comic. All I want to ask Kapil Sibal is: How is Savita Bhabhi a threat to India’s national security? Wait, I have another question: why should I ask the Home Ministry when the orders for blocking come from your own Ministry, Mr Sibal, and the committee that decides on blocking has only one Home Ministry representative and two from your Ministry, sir?
In theory a lot of people will say that the internet can not be free of regulation, that the government must block some sites. But this is the problem in practice: the government will block a soft porn comic - only because it was talked about openly, discussed in the papers, and so on. Only because it came in the way of some bureaucrat’s antiquated sense of morality. Why, there are countless hard core Indian porn sites that are not blocked! (Oops, I shouldn’t be giving ideas.)
And when you wonder why the Government of India thinks Savita Bhabhi is too obscene for you, they will say national security!
From Kafila archives:
- A Curtain Call for the World’s Largest Democracy: Neerja Dasani
- The Day India Will Shut Down the Internet
- ‘How Leaving the Internet Fueled Our Revolution’
- Here’s What India’s Communications and IT Minister Thinks About Online Freedom
- Get Ready for India’s Blogger Control Act
- Crazy Internet Censorship Time in India, Again
- Of Journalist Citizens