66 A abolished! – Can anything be posted in social media now?

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 Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced.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.

Akash G, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Section 66A of the Information & Technology Act today after hearing a clutch of petitions challenging it. The case has been closely followed, mostly because of its implications on the freedom of speech. So now let’s see what was the main issue with the 66 A. For that we will first analyse the 66 A act. The act mentions that :- “Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,— Any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character”. Here there was a problem with the wording. The words “grossly offensive” and “menacing character” were very vague. This was a lot miss used in the personal vendetta. UP alone had 399 cases in 2 years. MP started to keep a check on social media and they were curbbing the freedom of speech of people. 39 cases booked by Azam khan men for expressing anger about his “gunda raj” in UP. People used this to curb the basic freedom of speech of the people. Hence, it was questioned by many of them and this resulted in the striking down this act. So can anything be posted now on social media? No, contentious post may not attract 66a but any content which is obscene, mischief and public disorder will attract the act and will be dealt with a fine and 3 years of imprisonment.

Reference :- The Indian Express 25th March 2015, Wednesday front page news article on 66A. Article

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England Hopes dashed as Saina Looses

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 Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced.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.

Akash G, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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On March 9th, The Indian Express wrote and article “All England hopes dashed as Saina sinks against Marin” about the defeat of Saina Nehwal. Below is my interpretation of it. World champion Carolina Marin of Spain won the All-England championship on Sunday. It was an awesome opportunity for Saina Nehwal to be the India’s first women to win the All England Championship but Marin staged a very good comeback.  Saina won the 1st game and lead the 2nd one 6-1 before losing it all. Among all the cricket world cup fanfare this very thrilling match lost its sheen. India is a cricket-obsessed country. We give so much importance to cricket that we lose out on many other sports. India is unable to develop any talent except in cricket. For a country of 110 crore people, we should have been among medals in the Olympics but we lack a great deal in medals. We even fail to excel in any other sports. Saina is the face of women empowerment in India. She is the face of Indian women. She is the bronze medalist in Olympics.Badminton is a very entertaining sport. There is a scope for all the sports to grow in our country. Poor infrastructure and laws which demotivate the sportspersons from other sports are the reasons for our failure in other sports. We need to have strong laws and rewards mechanism to encourage the sportspersons in every sport. I would like to say it was a very valiant effort from Saina and we need to encourage athletes from different areas to achieve great feat.

Union Budget 2016 – A common man Budget?

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.

Akash G, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The honourable Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2015-16 on 28th February 2015. On march 1st The Sunday Express summed up the budget as “Corporates  will get relief of Rs 20,000 crore every over four years beginning 2016-17. Income-tax payers will get the benefit of higher deductions and others will pay higher excise duty and higher service tax.” I would like to analyse it with a common man’s view of the budget. I will now discuss the major points in our Budget and its affects on common man. The budget has put good amount of consideration on Black money issue handling. The major area of concern for a common man from many years is the corruption and illegal cash stashed away abroad. This budget has addressed this concerns. The government plan for a new law to rein in illegal cash stashed away abroad. The cash transaction in real estate capped at Rs 20,000. In the major finances area the government has introduced its new Pradhan Mantri flagship for micro-irrigation. The subsidies for food, fertilizer and petroleum is pegged at 2,27,387.56 cr. Armed forces get a modest hike. Next let discuss taxation. The service tax is hiked, use of cash cards, eating out to cost more. Excise duty up, cigarettes get expensive. There is a slight cut in the basic corporate tax. What it means to the common man in total? there are many direct benefits like wealth tax abolished, 2% surcharge on super rich and tax benefit to reach up to Rs 21,506. Tax deductions for individual tax payers increased by 69600 to 444200. All in all it is a pro common man budget and has kept up to its expectations from the new government

 

US and its troubles with gun laws

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.

Akash G, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.

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On February 9th The Indian Express published a news “Gunman guns down 4 and himself”. On Saturday afternoon around 3pm in Atlanta saw one of the horrifying scenes on their household streets. The gunman targeted his ex-wife says the police official. He gunned down his ex-wife and 4 children before killing himself. The reason for killing is said to be personal vendetta. This is not the first time that US is facing this issue. There were innumerable cases where a gunman has resorted to killings. Either it is a mall or a movie screening. They are not terrorists. They are just normal citizens of their country. After many of the killings the gunman has confessed for momentary anger to be the reason for his killings.

So what is the reason for such killings? Is it momentary anger? Or the mental condition of the gunman? US’s gun laws are to be blamed for this. US have free trade of guns and bullets in the market. US have suffered a lot due to this issue. So why is there no change in the laws? I think we need to consider the history of US to understand this. Earlier in US, people were exposed to a lot of attacks from animals and tribes as the households were scattered. So guns were used as a self-defense but US has failed to curb and change the laws at the right time to tackle this problem. US citizens were addicted to the idea of guns in free market and just could not accept regulations on it. I think now it’s time US changes its gun laws for its own good.