RT @pranesh
4. There is a strong case to be made that this is unconstitutional. Many would argue that code is speech. Even if one disagrees, at least those apps that provide a platform for expression or alow access to info are protected by Art.19(1)(a). And this ban falls afoul of Art.19(2).

@anivar If I may assist the Indian. You guys are still upset about the twenty dead jawans. So this is a surgical strike against something chinese. Don't expect the Supremes to get involved.

@DesCoutinho
I have lost hope in courts long ago. But we don't have to give up when arguing with fellow citizens. It is important as a teachable moment, to reflect on what is the limits of the government. It won't be sufficient to stop this, but can contribute to building a resistance.
@anivar

@praveen @anivar Admirable no doubt. If this were ancient history mind. This is how real democracy develops. Multiple crises destroy the current empire. Forging the way for an entirely new regime. One based on radical social and economic change. Sounds terrifying. But if you think you can preserve thru reform the best of british to you.

@DesCoutinho
I have not completely lost trust in elections yet. Yes, there are strong indications of compromise in the system, but knowing the people I feel BJP did not really needed it to win. One good change I see now is that, opposition is asking questions unlike the time of Pulwama, when they were mute spectators.
@anivar

@praveen I'd have a more cynical interpretation. They couldn't speak up for Muslims or J&K because the Nation supports Mr Modi. They can speak up for dead jawans regardless of the insanity they can even lobby for military escalation. If surgical strikes were launched against Muslims the opposition would be silent again. It's not elections that are the problem in India. It's the political naievete of most Indians. Though that has always been part of the democratic process @anivar

@DesCoutinho
I don't disagree with you on this. Just explained my position on the other toot.
@anivar

@praveen I presume this is why nobody else responds when I ask them wtf. They don't actually agree with the opposition's sabre rattling. And they agree indeed that it is an insane barbaric and moronic argument to raise. But it is the duty of the opposition to oppose and when it came to anti-Muslim actions like repeal of 370, surgical strikes. Nobody opposed. Fair enough but Modi-ji if he continues to show restraint in military action is at last showing some statesmanship. @anivar

@praveen If the majority wanted change the system is in place for them to achieve that without violence. But I would have said that of amurka more so but it don't seem to work that way now do it. @anivar

@DesCoutinho
The point is majority just want a hero to save them and whoever can sell them a heroic story wins. So the challenge here is to convince people to get involved in politics. It has so many aspects to it including the cultural rewards for conformity and education system... So I think the biggest challenge is to wake people up from false dreams of a saviour and disappointment. By no way it is an easy task, but at least the possibility is still there.
@anivar

@praveen I agree its the way forward. But India compared to western countries hasn't taken on board any of the principles of democracy. They just parrot and make ersatz copies of western systems that work to a lesser or greater extent. It happened in Delhi but most people think Kejriwal was both a one off and a disappointment to those who believe in democratic change. But yeah you don't have kill anyone to change the gov here you just have to convince people to vote @anivar

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@DesCoutinho
Yes, Kejriwal is an example that change is possible if we can show a credible alternative to people. What happened to Kejriwal is a different story, so we also need to build more democratic parties, not blindly following a leader. So we have two challenges 1. Demonstrate that we can provide alternative 2. Practice democracy and accountability instead of hero worship. Something we have been trying at @piratesin but its really hard and growth is slow.
@anivar

@praveen the other problem you have is the majority of Indians prefer things the way they are. They aren't on masto. @piratesin @anivar

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