Do you think Indians need social media civic sense?

Answer by Sharmilli Priyadarsini:

Before answering this, I am afraid there is a high degree of generalization in this question doubting the social media ethics and civic sense of all Indians. We cannot forget the role played by Indians in the social media in recent few years that has resulted in miraculous political changes across the country. Not to forget the 2014 parliamentary elections and its results, the protest against corruption to pass the lokpal bill, Kejriwal became the Chief Minister of Delhi, Student strike in tamilnadu against the killing of Sri Lankan tamils that stunned the educational institutions for days, all thanks to the social media and to the political awareness of the people who are watching the happenings of the country closely.

Criticizing politicians is nothing new to the people of India and we enjoy talking politics as much as we enjoy watching cricket. Yes, I agree with the fact that the people are behaving cheaply against the politicians they do not like. But our great politicians are not any lesser and they are very much good at taking filthy revenges instead fulfilling the pre-election promises.The arrest of 2 young girls in Maharashtra as a result of their Anti-Thackeray facebook status and the arrest of professor Ambikesh Mahapatra for having forwarded a cartoon about West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee are few examples of the lowly acts by the politicians.

We still have the cybercrime laws enact and actions have been taken against cyber bullying. One such example is the arrest of a professor in Chennai based on a harassment complaint reported by the south indian singer Chinmayi(Chennai professor arrested for tweets about singer Chinmayi).

Nobody is against being ethical or behaving civilized. Everyone welcomes common sense. All we are afraid of is the misuse of laws against the innocent. Lets us not appreciate the internet censorship as it would take away the right to press and freedom of speech and expression, Instead educate the people and kids to behave cultured.

Do you think Indians need social media civic sense?

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