Social media impacts in our society

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Noor Mohamed M, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Social media is one of best platform to connect with our old friends, classmates, colleagues and others. It’s also a media to update ourselves by instant happenings, sharing views and opinions, Photos & life events and many more. People started to spend time on social media is more than spend time with actual persons.

Among India’s Internet users, WhatsApp tops the list of instant messaging (IM) apps and Facebook is the most popular social networking site, according to a study by the research firm TNS released on Tuesday. While 56% of Internet users in India use WhatsApp every day, 51% use Facebook, says the study titled Connected Life. WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc., had 900 million monthly active users globally in September 2015, with India being their largest country. Globally, 30% of all Internet users are on Facebook daily. Facebook had 118 million monthly active users in India in December 2014; in June 2015, the number rose to 132 million.  Source: http://www.livemint.com

Many companies has been promoting their product in social media and consider it as fast reaching and low cost platform. Social media users aware themselves from happenings, product launch movie information, celebrities points etc. Apart from good things in social media, its fueling hatredness among individual, groups, communities etc.,

People are using the media in the name of sharing opinions and updates; they are spreading fake and fabricated news to mass people. It was primary notorious tool in bodo-muslim clashes in Assam. Since then, this media has been used for many riots and rallies against communities. Many things were taken precautionary steps by respective concern bodies.

Social media has been playing a destructive role in inciting communal violence in India and time has come to check its misuse. Social networking sites are a threat to national security as they are used as tools for drug trafficking, money laundering and match-fixing, terrorism, instigating violence and for rumor tools etc. Social media has been playing a destructive role in inciting communal violence in India and time has come to check its misuse. Social networking sites are a threat to national security as they are used as tools for drug trafficking, money laundering and match-fixing, terrorism, instigating violence and for rumor tools etc. source: http://www.lawctopus.com

Recently, a Delhi based dentist thrashed and killed by a mob in small clash in front of his family. Initially, it given name for communal and then criticized journalist media for not giving importance to news. These kind of social reactions bring police officers to response in social media. Last month, social media is vital in protesting against JNU students and created environment that students involvement in anti nationalism. When real news spread to people after sometime, they are realizing the truth. It is because of People are not keeping patience on news, spreading fabricated to create disharmony and seeding way for riots. They sharing to others and posting the wall whatever they heard. All people have rights to express opinions but think in other shoes and create harmony in modern and technological era. It will help for India economical growth.

 

 

 

 

 

Where is free speech and dissent, where are we heading?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Tamojit Ganguly, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The recent attack on Aam Aadmi party leader Soni Suri has cast yet another dark shadow on the prevailing obstructive situation to free speech and dissent we are facing. An Adivasi school teacher turned political leader in Sameli village of Dantewada in south Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India, has not been facing obstruction to freedom of speech and expression for the first time. On February 20, 2016, she was attacked by motorcycle-borne assailants in Chhattisgarh. They threw an acid-like substance on her, which left her in deep pain, and her face swollen with chemical burns. This was not the first physical attack on Ms. Sori. As international human rights watchdogs have reported, Ms. Sori was also allegedly tortured and sexually assaulted by the Chhattisgarh police while in their custody in October 2011. The latest attack on her comes in the wake of a series of developments that suggests a government-endorsed clampdown on free speech and dissent in the State. Earlier this month, Malini Subramaniam, a journalist associated with the news portal Scroll, and Jagdalpur Legal Aid, a group of human rights lawyers working with Adivasis, were allegedly forced out of the State for highlighting police atrocities against the tribal population. Both the journalist and the lawyers have claimed that their landlords were intimidated by the police into issuing eviction notices on them. It is worth noting that Ms. Sori had been trying to lodge an First Information Report against the Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range. She has been leading a powerful Adivasi movement that has sought to hold the State administration accountable for the killing of Adivasis in fake encounters, arbitrary arrests, and alleged sexual assault and torture of Adivasi women by the police and security forces. She had planned to highlight these issues through a 200-km march from Bijapur, set to end in Jagdalpur on International Women’s Day, March 8, before she became a target of the latest attack.

For some time now, free speech and dissent have been on the retreat in Chhattisgarh. The official excuse for this has been the ongoing civil conflict between the state and Maoist insurgents. But the fact that individuals who have no connection with the conflict are being forced out, suggests a larger anti-democratic agenda at work. And this is in keeping with the pattern across the world where so-called underdeveloped but mineral-rich regions have fallen prey to fierce corporate plunder of natural resources at the expense of the local population. The Bastar region is rich in minerals as also Adivasi settlements, and the people are loathe to giving up their land for resource-extraction. It is their resistance to being forcibly evicted from their land — best exemplified in the figure of Ms. Sori — that is the trigger for the crackdown on democratic rights in Chhattisgarh. Given the current political scene where a perverse form of nationalism is threatening to shut down free speech, the attack on Ms. Sori represents another front in the battle against the criminalisation of dissent. The kind of spotlight that has been illuminating the absurd charges of sedition against the JNU students needs to also be focussed on the likes of Ms. Sori who have been waging such battles for a long time.

Reference:

The Hindu

The Hindustan Times

Attack on Soni Sori: Where does the buck stop?

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Sukalyan Talukdar, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Tribal activist and the Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Soni Sori was attacked by some unknown assailants in Dantewada district of South Chhattisgarh in the evening of Saturday 20th Feb 2016. The attack took place when she was returning from Bastanar town of Dantewada to her residence.

Soni has emerged as a face of the Tribal Community’s democratic protest in Bastar. She has singlehandedly raised a consistent voice against the issues of atrocities on Bastar tribals by security forces in the name of tackling Maoist insurgency. She is a former school teacher who had already faced arrest earlier in September 2011. Police alleged Soni to be conduit for extortion money being paid by Essar Group to Naxalites/Maoists. She was sexually assaulted and stones were inserted into her private parts.

From October last year, she has brought to fore several cases of molestations, rapes against the local women and two recent instances of fake encounters in the Dantewada area allegedly by the security forces. Early this month, Sori was warned and asked to slow down. However, she didn’t give in to the threats, even as she apprehended the attacks when she was denied security. She had even tried filing a complaint on the Inspector General SRP Kalluri heading the police in Bastar, for allegedly letting his men continue atrocities on the local adivasis there; however, her complaint was not registered. The attack on the tribal activist came two days after a legal aid group of woman lawyers and a freelance journalist were forcibly evicted from their residences allegedly at the behest of Bastar police boss SRP Kalluri. The attackers even moved one step further and threatened Soni’s daughter who stays in a hostel.

The saddest part is some people like Rupa Subramanya who is BJP’s think tank and represents the educated intelligentsia has resorted to twits like “this year’s Oscar for best makeup”. These types of comments are not only offensive and dangerous to the democracy.

But we can see a ray of hope when Soni herself says, she has another reason not to give up after the attack. She says that people of Bastar will, rather be encouraged to continue their fight against the atrocities they are regularly subjected to, when they see Sori fighting undeterred.

She believes that Bastar will soon see a revolution. “People there have suffered for years. Now, they will start fighting back,” Sori says.

References:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/soni-sori-attacked/article8262627.ece