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Define Freedom - Blogging and Media

Before I start, I want to make a few points clear. I have no contempt for either Mrs. Dutt or Mr. Kunte. Neither do I have any allegation or support for either. What I am writing, is my personal view and believe in strongest sense what and how one need to be thinking.

Everything ever is a fight in India. Truth, Freedom, Life itself. What we see here is just another classic case. In short: Barkha Dutt's coverage on 26/11 aired on NDTV while millions watched out of curiosity (for information and to quench anxiety). One Mr.Kunte in his limited reach tried to push his thoughts around. Mrs. Dutt brings in a lawsuit, and Mr Kunte. 3 months later posts a "not-for-comment" withdrawl post with specific points that have been objected. Mrs. Dutt has her own explaination too.

Thats what it is. It is neither reporting nor blogging. Its just some series of words in English formed to sentences and put to some meaning. How you want to read it is your choice. If you are Barkha or her admirers, you can read the not-for-comment is big bold. Or - If you want to, You will side with Mr. Kunte and consider the above paragraph the biggest understatement.

People will believe what they want to believe. Why do people watch CNN or NDTV (for the record, I don't endorse either, I go with NPR , C-SPAN)? Why do they have to believe you? Why do they have to read your post? You being good at words or in front of the camera, will not make the whole world comply with your argument. they are allowed to differ. Coming from different schools of thought, Mohandas Gandhi and Bhagat Singh - two names every Indian would take pride in taking. How come? What is freedom? What is a free country? What did we earn in the last 60 years of sovereignty? Do the politicians have the right to say what our women should and should not do? Does the media (print/TV/blogosphere) have the right to say what is correct and what is wrong? You cannot tell your post is (in its) right by using strong words. You cannot curb Terrorism by telling terrorists a 1000 times that they are wrong. For them, You are wrong! Simply, People will believe what they want to believe.

Freedom is, Barkha Dutt being able to report what she wants to, Chyetanya Kunte is given the same thing. A viewer of NDTV and cKunte.com given his own freedom of saying to either. The point is Legality and Morality don't always have two shades of black and white. There is a lot of grey area. EVERYONE is hell bent on making you believe its only Black OR White and asking you to choose their choice. What is the solution? Did human mind, especially in India, mature(v) enough to read it out? Education eludes to be an answer. Religion claims to be another. Media broadcasts its one. Parents and Culture profess they are. But what all of them do not realize is, You can keep me jailed, but you cannot jail my mind.Thats one freedom, you just cannot hold out from me!

I am no fool on Nov 27, nor un-emotional about Nov 26, and lastly not carried away on Jan 29. I just have my own views. You are entitled to have your own. So do you have the right to express yourself. You can be in a position to provide information or force a regulation, but What you cannot do is force me to think that you are right, and that makes the last sentence of the opening paragraph in this post a paradox.

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