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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 21, 2014 AT 20:01 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 21, 2014 20:01 IST

Pravin Togadia—whose Twitter handle describes him as "Renowned Cancer Surgeon ; International Working President, VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad)—has stirred up a controversy by a speech alleged to have been made on Saturday, April 19, 2014, targeting Muslims for buying properties in Hindu areas.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 21, 2014 AT 20:01 IST, Edited At: Apr 21, 2014 20:01 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 10, 2014 AT 23:20 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 10, 2014 23:20 IST

Mukul Kesavan in the Telegraph: His Master's Voice

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 10, 2014 AT 23:20 IST, Edited At: Apr 10, 2014 23:20 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 13, 2013 AT 16:59 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 13, 2013 16:59 IST

Leaders cutting across political party-lines, it would seem, were involved in competitive communalism if the speeches made by them are any indication.

CNN-IBN reports:

Muslim leaders from Congress, BSP and SP shared dias on August 30 and one of them delivered a hate speech in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. The BJP leader on the very next day (August 31) was seen addressing a mass gathering and delivered a hate speech.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 13, 2013 AT 16:59 IST, Edited At: Sep 13, 2013 16:59 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON May 25, 2013 AT 20:33 IST ,  Edited At: May 25, 2013 20:33 IST

Of course, because it cannot perhaps ban various netas and other assorted eminences from saying what they routinely do about women, the I&B ministry has stepped forward and bravely banned the comedy channel Comedy Central for 10 days for "injuring public morality."

Some of the reactions on Twitter:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON May 25, 2013 AT 20:33 IST, Edited At: May 25, 2013 20:33 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 24, 2012 AT 23:13 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 24, 2012 23:13 IST

The PIB today put out a release under the title "Govt Not Targetting Individual Accounts or Websites; does not want Restrictions on Genuine users : Sibal" and provided the following comments attributed to Mr Kapil Sibal, the honourable minister for communication and information technology:

The difficulty is that twitter is a site, which operates from outside India and the server of all such sites are outside the jurisdiction of India. 

We are happy that Facebook and Google are cooperating with us and the names of the objectionable sites that we had provided them; they cooperated with us on them and decided to close down those sites. We have also imposed restriction on those sites. 

But as far as twitter is concerned, now they have said that they are ready for talks with us. 

But the solution to this problem should be a permanent one. That will only happen when we talk to all the stakeholders and form such a mechanism under which any objectionable content is removed. 

We can take action but in that case restrictions are also imposed on people who are right on their part. So, we don’t want that to happen. 

So, we have provided 28 URL numbers under which objectionable material is being shown. Now the government does not know that who is behind these URL numbers, only twitter and other sites are aware about it. 

Later if those URL numbers are innocent, and then the accusations would be thrown at the government. 

Actually we don’t have the identities; we have no way to find out the identities. So, the accusations that we are aggressively targeting someone’s account or websites are incorrect.

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A quick response:

Dear Mr Sibal, 

Could you please help us understand the following:

So, we have provided 28 URL numbers under which objectionable material is being shown. 


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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 24, 2012 AT 23:13 IST, Edited At: Aug 24, 2012 23:13 IST
     
 
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