In a dramatic move by the Government of India, things are no longer allowed to be said due to the “hurt sensibilities” of different religious and cultural communities in India. Following on a recent trend to stop things from being said, the Government of India has finally introduced legislation in the form of the Do Not Talk Act 2012, following the Your Opinions Are Wrong Bill 2011. A team of prominent lobbyists, activists and members from both civil society and the Government have been in the process of drafting the bill for several months now; it was finally passed by parliament on 23 January 2012.
Experts explain that the provisions of this act will most definitely stop things from being said: “Anything which offends the moral, political, cultural and social sensibilities of any of our many religious communities are not to be said by the residents of this country, due to national security concerns.” The provisions of the bill include the spoken word (such as talking and conversation), the written word (such as articles and novels) and all social media. The Telecomm’s Minister says: “We must eliminate all objectionable and incendiary content on social media sites, as the sentiments of all sensible people are being hurt. For this reason, we will censor, I mean, pre-screen all uploaded content by the people of this county and the rest of the world.”
The Act also makes it clear that people who say things will suffer the consequences of either death by lynch mob or confiscation of all their worldly possessions.
A spokesperson from the Offended Party of India explains: “People are saying things, which is just not appropriate in a traditional society like ours. We must stop this now before communal riots begin.” India has a long history of communal riots due to things being said, where an estimated total of 2 people have been grievously injured.
This has sparked protests around the country, where the father of saying things, Salmon Fushty, has been unceremoniously booted out due to fake intelligence from police authorities. He is now being hailed as a champion and symbol of speaking.