How to conserve environment?

5 Things Students should do for the Environment

How to conserve environment?

While shuffling between numerous classes, scraping through timelines, and managing home work and peer pressure; being concerned about the environment isn’t anywhere on the “to-do lists” of a majority of the students. And I can hardly blame them for this lack of concern for the Mother Nature. In a country like ours, where topics/subjects related to environment are only taught as electives, you cannot blame the students for this lack of interest. Drastic steps are needed to be taken. And celebrating “April 22 as Earth Day” isn’t enough. Consequently, the time is ripe and every effort should be made by us to ensure that students start making a meaningful contribution to tackle the environmental degradation. After all, it is they who will be most affected if a disaster is to happen.

It only takes a few simple steps to alter the course of environmental concerns. Also, saving the environment will have a positive impact on the economy of the country. But how does a student play a consequential role to tackle this systemic and international issue? Here are the 5 to-dos which students can do for the planet.

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To-Do #1: Recycle

Well, yes. It is one of the easiest and effective solutions for the environment. Just think about how many rough sheets, cans, bottles, and books you have thrown away in all these years. What if you had used them in some or the other form? Making these small alterations to your lifestyle can go a long way in conserving the environment. Also, ask your teachers to initiate recycling campaigns in the school. Another thing that recycling does is that it helps reduce waste, thus directly impacting the environment. For instance, utilizing even the last bits of paper before throwing it can be a small but very significant step in the right direction.

To-Do #2: Demand alterations in Curriculum

Lately, a majority of students have become environmentally-aware. Students have realized the importance of sustainability, conservation, and reuse. Challenge your teachers and school authorities to bring incremental changes in the curriculum. For instance, reading about the environment and conservation of energy and fossil fuels is something which should be regularized rather than offered as an elective course. It isn’t to say that you should stop pursuing courses like engineering, medicine, or anything which you may want to do. But, including the study of environment will not hamper your regular studies.

To-Do #3: Eat Healthy

What you eat will directly or indirectly affect the environment. Growing your own food is good for sustainability, great for your health, and a win-win for both you and the Mother Nature. So, the next time you and your friends get some free time in school/college, go out and plant some organic vegetables and fruits. Not only it helps build a strong ecosystem, but will also guarantee you a better, healthy lifestyle.

Did you know that cooking meat, especially red meat, requires more energy than cooking green vegetables? So this is another reason why you should go green.

To-Do #4: Stop Consuming Bottled Drinks

It is easier said than done. Plastic is one of the deadliest wastes for the nature. It takes ages for a plastic container to decompose. These bottles not only take hundreds of years to decompose, but they are also hazardous for animals that graze in the fields; thus indirectly affecting those who consume animal meat and milk. ‘Nalgene’, can be a better solution to using plastic bottles. Bottles made of this compound are kinder to the nature as well as the animals who feed on the plants. Using plastic products is a vicious cycle which has to be contained by the consumers. So junk your plastic lunch boxes and use cloth bag, or reusable boxes!

To-Do #5: Conserve Fossil Fuel

The rate at which we are consuming our fossil fuels isn’t just alarming, but it is one of the greatest threats to our civilisation. Ask your school to divest money from the illegitimate fossil fuel industry. Rather, focus on renewable forms of energy like wind energy, solar energy, water conservation, and much more. Building sustainable alternatives for the present resources can go a long way in shaping the fate of the economy as well as the environment.

Yes, these issues cannot be handled by only a section of the society. These necessitate major collaborations and better student awareness campaigns to bring about any meaningful change. Students, the baton holders of tomorrow, have to play a significantly important role in this. Ultimately, these are only a handful of suggestions, which can help you connect with the global movement for sustainability.

 

State of the Indian Education System

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“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world”, this is an age long saying by Mr Nelson Mandela, which has withstood the test of time. Even in this modern world of hurry and worry, this statement hasn’t lost its relevance. We are familiar with the very essentials of life, and education is one of them, without any doubts. It is the sheer importance of education, which brings us to discuss upon the current educational scenario on a global level.

While many global economies have made a significant progress in achieving their educational agendas (keeping in mind the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in the said sector), India is yet to uncover it’s obscured potential for educational developments. It is essential to analyse what holds back India as a country to reach the educational goals and advancements. Despite of several initiatives taking place for the elevation of education, the question still arises upon the fact that WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE?

Education has been a matter of conflict and problem in our country since ages. What is even funnier is, that little has changed from the colonial period. Students are now routinely scoring 90% marks and still finding it difficult to get into the colleges of their choice, and we are actually doing the same old slovenly stuff. Rote learning still plagues our system widely, students study only to score marks in exams, and sometimes to crack the exams like IIT JEE, AIIMS, or CLAT. The colonial masters introduced education systems in India to create clerks and civil servants, and sadly, we haven’t been able to deviate much from that pattern till today.

We need to reward creativity, original thinking, research, and innovation (because in the end, a boss would probably prefer someone with ideas to take a company forward rather than a parrot, which nods at every beck and call right?). Also, we need to implement massive technology infrastructure for education (and for this to be possible, India MUST embrace the Internet and technology at a wide level), making ‘reservation’ irrelevant (and no, it’s not my personal inner “general” category grudge speaking, but on a national level, if we make education so universally available, the whole concept of reservation is going to be meaningless).

We need to redefine the sole purpose of education. We are not learning or educating ourselves to finally wake up today, where, we are going to grab our suitcase; rush to work; work 9-5, and get routinely paid so that we can “earn a living”. The current system needs to breathe, and give space for creation of entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, scientists, thinkers, and writers for a knowledge based economy rather than the low-quality service provider plastic nation that we are turning into.

Though there are many loopholes, but there is no denying the fact that there has been a significant progress as well (that being said, not out of modesty, but reports and data provided by the NSSO). People have actually started realising the tenor of education, and the numbers have been rising significantly. And the best part of such arising is, the voice is being heard. With the new ECCE policies being adopted by the nation, another milestone has been achieved.

And therefore, with the advent of a massive globalisation, India is emerging as a powerful economy, which is working hugely towards improving the education scenario, in the end, the question isn’t about who gets access to education, it is a necessity, which HAS to be provided, and in its most bare, and naked form, sans complications, sans adulteration. And it’s something that we all need to keep in mind. Education is NOT AN OPTION, it’s a NECESSITY.

Businesses in Education

The Role of Businesses in Education

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The dominance of free trade, the open market, and the presence of multi-national companies throughout the modern world reflects the enormous wealth and influence exerted by business giants while offering education franchise opportunity, whose revenues exceed that of many countries. However, increasing globalisation and scrutiny – through social activists and whistle-blowers – has compelled businesses towards a more responsible approach to their operations to allow for society’s sustainable development and other operations historically controlled by governments. As they become ever more involved with social progress and social responsibilities, education is one area that corporations can contribute to beyond the mere signing of a cheque.

Typically, businesses establish branches for social responsibility with the aim of accomplishing specified strategic objectives; these include:

  1. Building a positive reputation: Critics argue that this no more than a façade for brand promotion and public relations. Nonetheless, such activities become effective in not just improving the company reputation but also contributing positively in addressing social issues such as education. Business conglomerates often support educational outreach programmes or even set up independent organisations tasked with educating the next generation. This type of “cause marketing” helps companies reap considerable benefits.
  2. Acquire and train a highly-skilled workforce: An implicit ambition for multi-national companies is to tap high-potential students for prospective employment, particularly by funding different educational events such as career fairs and projects such as school annex constructions. Companies advertise their short- and long-term charitable intentions through their CSR activities in higher education institutes to attract students to apply for employment, recruiting on-campus, providing funding for students pursuing further qualifications, all while building a positive brand name.
  3. Accomplishing a company vision: Certain companies have education and its social causes as being their entire raison d’être; Pearson Education, for instance, provides career guidance and educational services. With education being monetised increasingly, a number of companies are involved actively within the education system.
  4. Grassroots CSR involvement: Art, environmental, sport, human rights, and various other charitable causes receive plenty of funding since companies are involved at a grassroots level. This involvement level does not extend, in most cases, to education where donations are predominant and the implementation phase of various education-related projects often is overlooked if not ignored. Here, companies need greater involvement to make a direct impact if they wish to increase their profile and ensure that their funds are channelled into the right places.

Improvement possibilities – linked to the above point, contributions by various government- and non-government-organisations are not enough unless deeper participation and implementation is undertaken. Businesses, with their expertise in managing large-scale projects, can supersede governments and NGOs in the administration and management of such projects. Apart from their expertise, businesses can support today’s budget restrained educational projects, which rely solely upon individual and corporate donations. In turn, this will provide highly-qualified staff with an incentive to teach, since the deterrent of low pay now diminishes. The skills required in the education field are specific and attracting an appropriate workforce, which can include the involvement of company employees similar to volunteers, aids in improving the education quality, particularly in the developing regions of the world.

The ability of businesses to supplement funding to government and NGO spending on school construction, teacher training, and making education affordable circumvents the financial bottleneck and allows the business community to be portrayed positively. Coupled with their operational expertise and stakeholder outreach, businesses have the potential to transform the education sector by participating actively in the very facet from which society benefits.

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Curbing Child Labour

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Child labour is an issue that affects children and deprives them of their fundamental right to education. Even after 65 years of independence, every day, millions of children are forced to work in hazardous, illegal, and exploitative conditions, which apart from posing a danger to their health, also hamper their growth. Moreover, it is in direct conflict with the right to education law, which is the backbone of the Indian education system. Although it is illegal to force a child to work, however, many flout this law continuously. Our society is equally responsible for this, as we choose to ignore this problem because it does not affect our own children. As with any social menace, child labour suffers from poverty and illiteracy, the two major reasons, which force families below poverty line and compel their child to work. Of an estimated 215 child labourers around the globe: approximately 114 million (53%) are in Asia and the Pacific; 14 million (7%) live in Latin America; and 65 million (30%) live in sub-Saharan Africa[1]. In the least developed countries, nearly one in four children (ages 4 to 15) are engaged in labour that is considered detrimental to their health and development. In the world’s poorest countries, nearly one in four children are engaged in work that is potentially harmful to their health[2].

Source: UNICEF global databases, 2014, based on DHS, MICS and other nationally representative surveys, 2005─2012.

Source: UNICEF global databases, 2014, based on DHS, MICS and other nationally representative surveys, 2005─2012.

We, as a society, have to play a major role to curb this menace by performing our moral and social responsibilities, for instance, one could start by not employing children as domestic help. Cases of child labour should be reported to the concerned agencies and strict action should be taken against offenders. People can form welfare groups to both spread awareness about the importance of child education and also encourage people below the poverty line not to send their child to work. Affluent sections of our society should come out and actively support this cause by providing food and shelter to children, also reporting cases of child labour to the concerned authorities is another strong measure against this lethal menace. An evening class program can be started in localities where poor children from nearby areas are taught free of cost; this helps people who cannot afford to send their children to school because of lack of resources. Boycotting both child-manufactured goods and the people who employ them can force them to change. The Government has to introduce model programs in coordination with various NGOs to empower weaker sections and spread awareness. License of industries employing child labour should be cancelled.


Children are a beacon of innocence and purity and they should be given an equal opportunity to build their future. Sustainable living for all can be achieved only when each one of us contributes for the welfare of society. If we work together diligently, we can overcome this problem. India will truly become a force to reckon with when every child is provided with an equal opportunity to succeed.

[1] http://data.unicef.org/child-protection/child-labour

[2] http://data.unicef.org/child-protection/child-labour#sthash.jweB8x0g.dpuf

Equal Rights for Girl Child

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Ever increasing social awareness has made us conscious to the problems faced by those less fortunate than ourselves and highlighted the disparity within our society. In a developing country such as ours, these problems could not be more visible even if you hoisted them up a flagpole. With infrastructure and wealth concentrated urban environments, the effect of globalisation and an open-market economy has yet to enable access to basic infrastructure to those living in rural areas; and regardless of what politicians and the statistics say about the lifting of so many impoverished people out of poverty, the economic gap is ever increasing. Unless you are a hermit in a remote location, nobody lives isolated from their social environment: proactively addressing social issues will ameliorate them far more than pointless nothings such as, “The Government should do something about [insert the relevant issue]”.

One such social malaise concerns the situation of children from underprivileged backgrounds: those who cannot attend school or afford basic healthcare, either due to the unavailability of basic infrastructure or lack of funds, thus resulting in a reduced form of self-awareness. It is important to realise that educating these children does not solely pertain to institutional education but rather an overall development of self-awareness. Underprivileged girls, in particular, are affected most by a lack of this development because of anachronistic social tendencies that discourage them from self-development and intellectual growth. Permitting them to make informed, learned decisions enables independence.

As with all forms of social responsibility, there are both areas and levels of involvement concerning adoption, ranging from funding their primary education expenditures to a complete legal adoption. The capacity and willingness to take a child under your wing requires an emotional bond. Adoption can be distant too for those who wish to test the waters at first; for instance, funding the education of your house cleaner’s or chauffeur’s – or another low-wage, informal sector worker’s – child on top of their monthly salaries is an excellent way to be philanthropic. However, you need to ensure that your funds actually benefit the girl and, consequently, your level of involvement will increase and it should. Their health and general well-being are equally important since these affect both a child’s development and education adversely or favourably. Many charities and NGOs have young orphan girls who would gain immensely from legal adoption by providing them with a caring guardian and access to better education and health facilities. This form of charity is unparalleled: seeing a young child growing up, with equal access and opportunities as others around her, into an autonomous and a bright woman is within the best interests of society.


 

So go on and better society: break down caste and societal barriers, adopt a disadvantaged girl and transform her life by providing her with the same opportunities to grow as you would to your own child.

 

 

Women’s Empowerment

i_Respect_WomenEver since that heartrending night in the winters of 2012, women’s empowerment, is one issue which has rapidly gained both prominence and attention of the larger chunk of population in India. Though rapes and cases of molestation have happened both before and after that momentous and barbaric night, however, the gruesome events, and the churning within the community brought a welcome change to the way women were looked at. Suddenly, issues related to women were talked in the open and views were presented to make India a better place for women to live in. The rape and molestation laws were strengthened, which in my personal opinion was a delayed but a welcome move, however, the larger question that still faces us is – have we done enough? Or have the women gotten more empowered? or what is women’s empowerment ?

Few days back, Vogue India, came up with a brilliant idea, but a poorly conceptualized final product to highlight the issues of women. Celebrities in gorgeous looking attires were directed by a brilliant ad filmmaker – Homi Adjania – to highlight the various problems faced by women. What followed then was everything but women’s empowerment! What could have been a brilliant campaign to highlight the issues of women turned into black and white clips of various women with beautifully tousled hair in black clothes, smiling, looking intense, and sometimes screaming silently into the camera. I strongly believe celebrities can provide impetus to a social cause, for instance, the polio campaign, which had Mr Amitabh Bachchan as the face of it was very effective. However, hiring only a celebrity will not guarantee an effective story, but a good story coupled with a celebrity is the key. Liberty to choose your partner to have sex with or the liberty to choose the clothes you wear is not women’s empowerment, on the contrary, issues like female foeticide, educating girl child, access to hygienic surroundings, and health benefits are some of the major issues affecting the social status of women.

Lack of education can be attributed as the main reason hampering the growth and improvement in the social status of women. Though the country has grown leaps and bounds since independence, however, the issue of educating girl child has been redundant. The gap between educating a women and men is severe; where 83% of adult men are educated, however, only 62% women are known to be literate in India[i].


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The concept of empowerment flows from the power source where empowerment is vested inadequately. Women belonging to the affluent sections of society get opportunities at par with men, however, in rural and backward areas the fight for facilities and rights is very basic. Empowerment of women means equipping them to be financially independent, self-reliant, and provide them positive support for their future. India’s growth story will always be incomplete until the time women here are allowed to be part of growth and contribute to it. There is a need to formulate reducing feminized poverty, promoting education of women, and prevention and elimination of violence against women to have any meaningful change.

[i] Census of India 2011 report

Sanitation and Hygiene in schools

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It is imperative to stress the importance of hygiene and sanitation from a young age; though sanitation and hygiene in schools, especially in India, is not given much importance. Sanitation is considered as one of the most challenging sectors to improve upon. An effective hygiene and sanitation requires an even stringent and effective public policy where schools under various government programmes can improve the appalling condition of Indian schools.

Supporting children’s right to clean and healthy surroundings, such as toilets and safe drinking water along with information on hygiene, positively inspires a generational change in the attitudes and behavior of a society. Schools, after the families, are the best demonstration centers to bring about such positive changes on a sustained basis. Hygiene is necessary for a child’s health, safety, and development. This applies particularly to schools in rural areas since they may lack certain facilities; as an example, the media often highlights periodic instances of students being forced to defecate in open. Without access to sanitation facilities, including clean water and toilets, and without hygiene practices like hand washing with soap, children may get sick.

There is a need to include hygienic practices in the school curriculum and to teach children about the importance that hygiene plays in their lives. In educational institutes lacking such amenities, separate hand washing stations and drinking stations should be setup with proper drainage provided for safe disposal of waste water. This highlights the importance of sanitation, another area where schools need more investment. The lack of adequate water impedes hygienic behavior, allows the toilets to remain both dirty and unfit for use. Schools should celebrate Global Hand Washing Day, as events like these provide special impetus to the cause and spread more awareness.

Additionally, it is important to distinguish between the separate needs of boys and girls. Often, schools have poorly designed facilities for girls, disregarding the consideration for the disposal of menstrual wastes; in some areas, girls even drop out from schools because of lack of sanitation facilities. Government schools lack way behind private one’s in terms of sanitation facilities, an area where the Government literally has to clean up its act; additional funds need be allocated to construction of adequate urinals and lavatories in accordance with the strength of the school. Parents should choose schools that offer proper sanitation facilities for their children, along with the other, more typical factors such as distance, school reputation, and so on; this will also force those schools found lacking to provide these very important facilities. Pilot projects can also help in this, by providing schools effective areas where they can work upon to improve the condition. Such projects have been neglected from a long time, thus hampering the overall state of schools in India.

Hopefully with the initiation of programmes like the Swachh Bharat” (Clean India Initiative), our schools can also have a better fate and can look forward to improved facilities which are paramount to success. Importance must be given to improve the coordination between communities and local schools to ensure proper hygiene standards are maintained in institutes. Above all, the ability to learn is influenced not only by the quality of teaching but also the cleanliness of surroundings, accessibility to potable water, sanitation, and good hygiene practices. To learn well, children have the right to be as healthy and happy as possible. Having clean water and proper sanitation facilities significantly contribute to a happy childhood. Good co-ordination between government programs and schools can help in the improvement of these facilities. If given due attention, India can truly achieve the dream of becoming a clean and healthy place to live. The mantra, though has to be – My India, my responsibility.

TEACH OUR DAUGHTERS

RTE_Right-to-Education-300x285Nelson Mandela once rightly said, “Education is a powerful weapon which can be used to change the world”. We should introspect whether we provide equal opportunities to all sections of our society, especially to our women. In countries like India Girl Education is a topic which is still not given the amount of attention it deserves. Girls are still a long way away from equal educational opportunities. In certain sections of society, families often deprive their girl child of the right to education, another area where women face discrimination. This flies in the face of our constitution, entitling every child a Right to Education, irrespective of caste, color, or sex. By providing a girl with an opportunity to go to school and supporting her complete education, not only we are making her literate, but also empowering her. She becomes aware of her rights and can perform her duties as a citizen. Rather than considering educating girls a liability, we should consider it as an investment for future, as we do with boys. There is a famous proverb, “when you educate a girl child you educate the whole family”.

Education of children, especially girls, is the cornerstone to national progress.

Experts believe that educating a girl is an equally important investment as she gives so much back to her family. Education empowers her to become both independent and giving her voice in matters directly affecting her; for instance, family decisions. Education liberates a girl from the bounds of restrictive social surroundings, especially considering that a child without education is like a bird without wings. An educated girl is more aware about her physical and mental condition and is likely to make informed decisions in her life, ultimately contributing significantly to both her family and society. Here, the parents play a major role and should encourage them, as they do with boys, to go to school. In rural areas, awareness campaigns and special low-cost programs should be available to incentivize families sending their daughters to acquiring an education. Additionally, opening more primary and secondary schools in remote locations persuades parents to allow their girls to attend school, removing the perpetual safety concern of sending them far from home. In regions with active NGOs independently providing co-ed education programmes, collaboration with the Government can play a positive and inclusive role by providing, for instance, merit-based scholarships for girls that can encourage more families to allow their girl child to attend school. Ultimately, every girl deserves the opportunity that education brings with it. You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.

Teach our Daughters!

Sex Education in India

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Imagine living in a country with a population of 1.2 billion people, where sex education, even in today’s context – with advent of technology and people becoming more open to social causes – is considered a taboo. Traditionally, adolescents in many cultures and societies were not given any information on ‘sex education’, but to everyone’s bizarre surprise even after years of educational reforms, the country hasn’t witnessed any significant alterations in the mindset of a large chunk of population.

People live in same old connotation that it is ok to have sex, but talking about it with children is still considered a strict ‘no-go’. Although, families have become more open to talking about menstruation but reproduction or any other sex related topic is still off-limits in many homes. The major misconception amongst people is the assumption that, sex education relates only to teach children about reproduction, menstruation, or awareness of body parts of the opposite sex. In reality the domain of sex education is vast and includes issues like – awareness about safe sex, use of contraceptives, respecting your opposite sex, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS.

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The responsibility of educating our children lies with schools and consequently the state/union government by enacting better schemes and policies. The recent WHO report states that for the better understanding of the concepts, sex education should be imparted to children between the age group 12-19. Over the years, sex education has become one of the most talked about issues, which has further polarized the whole world into namely two groups; one pushing for implementation of the schemes in schools and the other signing petitions to stop it.

The recent surge in the cases of rapes and molestation have been attributed to a lot of factors like illiteracy and poverty, but the root cause of the problem is the apathy that still majority of families prefer to ignore the importance of sex education. The recent UNICEF report states that 47% of girls in India are married before the age of 18 and 28.5% report first child birth before 20[i]. Children married at such young age will eventually lead to greater imbalance in families and the circle of ignorance will go on, until drastic steps are taken to improve the current situation. The increase in number of cases of STDs like AIDS can be attributed to lack of proper guidance at a young age. A WHO report reveals a shocking fact that – India had the 3rd highest number of AIDS affected patients (2.1 million by the end of 2013), only behind South Africa and Nigeria. 31% of these cases are reported among people belonging to the age group of 15 to 29[ii].

The appalling question is – If schools in India can organize various workshops to create awareness about issues like health and hygiene, than why not on sex education? Sex education in India gained some momentum in 1980s when the government enacted the National Population Education project – a programme highlighting the fact that increase in population leads to poverty. Since then, no major changes have been enacted in the education policy, on the contrary various political parties have signed petitions to remove the topic from the courses.

Educating the youth is the only way by which a complete eradication of this problem can be achieved. Making the topic more accessible for our children can make them to become truly empowered and understand the intricacies of the subject. Silence will only lead to children seeking information from misinformed sources; in most cases, teenagers end up seeking information from pornography, which can be more catastrophic than the actual problem. Instead of enacting sex education as a typical education policy in the school, it should cover key areas like psychology and social concerns. A competent sex education policy at school along with suitable communication between the parents and the children at home can bring a positive change.

[i] http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/2013REPORT.PDF

[ii]http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/india-has-3rdhighest-number-of-hivinfected-people-un/article6220483.ece

Online censorship in India

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Censorship refers to any interference by a certain section of people or government to control the thoughts, opinions, or views of others. Through the course of history many societies, institutions, and governments have used censorship as a means of controlling views and opinions of people at large. Yes, online censorship plays a key role in guaranteeing the security of a nation but at the same time it is coming out more as a snooping tool to track a person’s interests or an instrument for some to control the views and opinions of others. Internet is a medium which is widely accessed by people from all over the globe to access any sort of information on a variety of issues. In countries like China and Czech Republic, some data is filtered by the government to control the viewership and it differs from the complete or actual information. The major reason for this is the obsession of the governments to control the opinion of people. In this age of rapid development, and availability of more tools like blogging sites, video channels, social networking sites, and messengers the issue has become more highlighted. According to a “Freedom House Report” India scored a paltry 39 on a scale of 0-100 with 0 being the number for the most liberal country and 100 being the most conservative country.

THE WORST PART OF CENSORSHIP IS IT HIDES INFORMATION

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In India government has strict control over the print media, TV, and Films, but in recent months we have seen a surge in censorship of the online content. The recent example of this being the infamous ‘AIB roast’ which gained too much traction with 4 million views on its ‘Youtube channel’ in a period of 4 days but ultimately the administrators were forced to pull that video down because of the “moral policing” approach of many. The video did had some very profane content, where celebrities were ‘roasted’ by the hosts but banning down a video or article or a website just because it offended the sentiments of a certain section of society is gross violation of right of free speech. The rule is simple, if you don’t like it then better not watch/read it. In most democracies, people are allowed to vote, marry, or smoke after they turn 18, but when it comes to freedom of speech and access to information on internet suddenly a lot of people feel offended. The question here is who defines the social filtering and who sets the parameters of levels of acceptance of a society. You cannot satisfy everyone’s concerns and there are bound to be some who will feel offended by something or the other. Censorship do have certain advantages as it can be beneficial for the parents, who can control the information that their child can access on the internet, however a grown adult has every right to access internet without any social or compulsive barriers imposed on them. If some of the recent reports are indeed true then the government of India is contemplating stricter censorship laws and tools which can grossly impact the future course of internet in India.

CENSORSHIP IS THE CHILD OF FEAR AND FATHER OF IGNORANCE

The right to freedom of opinion and expression is everyone’s birth right; and it includes freedom to hold opinions and post them in any form on any medium be it internet, print media or through speech without interference and regardless of frontiers.