If the India government really wants everyone to experience something be it a movie or a book, however crappy it may be, it bans it. No wonder India is primarily a nation of bans. I’ve stayed away from outrage blogging but this is more of an exasperated ‘C’mon! You can’t be this stupid‘ blogging. Lately, governments in India have banned sale and consumption of beef (in Maharashtra), the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, and the documentary on the Dec.16 rape incident ‘India’s Daughter’ – all in one week. After YouTube pulled it down, torrents must’ve been firing all night long because nothing stops Indians from doing something that they’ve been asked not to do. Heck, I’m sure some Hindus may even be tempted to try beef. In fact, if beef could be streamed online, I’m sure some people would be tempted.
From a pure Francis Underwoodian perspective, regardless of what they truly believe is the right thing to do, why would the Indian government bring attention to something they want people to forget? People in India seemingly had moved on from the horrific rape incident more than a year ago and the documentary would’ve scarcely made a dent in the public consciousness. Surely, the rapists’ reprehensible comments would’ve sparked outrage on Twitter for a week and after that, every social media guru would’ve moved on to the next outrage; perhaps Deepika Padukone’s shoes or something.
From my experience during the blogging days, I would like to remind the Indian government that no one really gives a shit. Everyone is simply trying to survive the next day. Forget about offended sensibilities and focus on actual physical harm; that’s really the job of any government. As for Twitter, don’t pay attention to the noise. Nearly everyone mostly seeks attention and people care more about RTs and Favorites the minute after they tweet out a brilliant opinion.
If you’re going to be Machiavellian, at least do a good job at being that. Focus on the ends and not on the means. Next time, you don’t want a documentarian running amok showcasing what most Indians believe anyway, deny them access to a convicted rapist. I’m sure other totalitarian regimes even the ones with a billion people know that basic fact. Jeez!