Moral Policing and India

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If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
– Mother Teresa

There are many queries that haunt my mind as I read through the newspaper in the last few months. There have been attacks against women in Karnataka, gory incidents on New Year ’s Eve in various parts of the country, remarks against young upcoming sports personalities such as Sania Mirza, ugly scenes on Valentine’s Day, college codes regarding dressing not to mention a few rapes and wife battering which anyway do not count under the sub-heading of moral policing. It seems to be that Indian women have been imprisoned in the shackles of culture. No longer are women equal participants in the country’s citizenship. The country which is proud of Tagore’s ‘Where the Mind is without fear ‘is no longer able to tell the women to walk with their heads held high. The doors to knowledge and learning are no longer opening the minds of Indian men. It is unable to provide the future resources to the individual women. The contemporary women may have increased education, may have better understanding of the social settings and yet is unable to live a free and uninhibited experience.

Our immediate concern is to understand this paradox of women in careers and their inability to think and act independently. This inability to act as one can understand is due to heavy socializing and conditioning where women are forced to learn the lessons of subordinating themselves as well as become submissive. Thus gender roles are so well nurtured that the women perpetually live within the norms unable even to raise their brows against injustices happening around them. Yet another factor for this submissive act of conformity is that Indian women have to constantly face either male hegemony or other kinds of hegemonic behavior such as fiery mothers-in-law and trouble some sister s-in-law. A third dimension is that many women do not have economic independence.

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Torrents – Legal? Ethical?

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The order of the Swedish court to  fine (30 million SEK) the founders of Piratebay and further impose a one year jail term has come has a shock to many Internet users. Especially the peer to peer and torrent communities have started thinking. A question foremost on people’s mind is if the judgement is actually just and secondly the ethical implications of copyrighted material downloads.

Dealing with the first question  – it is first important to define the case. Piratebay was founded by piratebyran (a Swedish anti-copyright organisation) in Nov 2003.  The site allowed users to search, add and download bit torrent files (files operating under the bit torrent protocol). It performed the role of a tracker and indexer of these .torrent files.

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