We can hold our heads high.

Our leaders are leaving no stone unturned to protect us. British film-maker Leslee Udwin’s documentary “India’s daughter” has been banned. It has been banned because it defames the country.

By the way, we know that the country’s defamation can only happen when a foreigner is involved, like in this case. An Indian can, at best, cause regional defamation, state-level defamation or religious defamation. But defaming the whole country? No, an Indian can never hope to rise to the level of causing national defamation.

And why should it (the documentary) not be (banned)? After all, it seeks to unearth the truth. And ask searching questions about male attitudes towards women. It deserves to be banned.

Of course, it is quite possible that in the process of interviewing the accused, laws may have been broken, which the Home Minister has been at pains to point out. And that needs to be addressed, as the common man is extremely upset about that, which is evident from the fact that amongst the milling crowds at bus-stops, the people at corner shops, the panellists on TV shows, the headlines in newspapers, nobody is talking about it. The Home Minister has rightly addressed this aspect to allay the fears of the common man.

The documentary, among other things, portrays the accused in the infamous Delhi rape case of December 2012 as blaming the victim for the rape. It is a clear case of a sick mind. We need to shelter the public from such honest confessions, especially the adult male population, who currently don’t, but will start thinking like the accused if exposed to his views. Who knows what further atrocities women will be subject to as a result, that would not take place if the adult male population were not to be exposed to these views.

If that is not enough, we are bound to reverse the gains that have been made in uplifting the stock of women in the country through the introduction of pink taxis and a women-only bank run by men.

Whoever has heard of a debate on an issue of importance doing any good in our society? Whoever has heard of presentation of a true picture ever leading to a catharis in our society? Whoever has heard of debate and counter-argument leading to society gaining a clearer understanding about itself?

There is no need to waste time on such trifles. In any case, since we know that ours is a rich culture, there is no need for a debate, or presentation of a true picture of what people really think, especially men about women. We know. We know all men are chaste and pure and only possess clean and noble thoughts for women. It is only the people who are caught after acts of crime against women who possess a sick mind. Everyone else is clean.

And we know that men have the right to decide. On what women should do. What they should wear. Where they should go. Who they should meet.

Now that the issue of defamation of the nation from presentation of a true picture has come to light, requiring political leaders to act, we should be happy our leaders do not undertake half-measures. When they address an issue, they address it whole-heartedly. Defamation might never be able to raise its ugly head.

In order to shield the country from defamation brought on by poor performance in a future game, political leaders have prevailed upon the Board of Control for Cricket in India to use its clout in world cricket to treat all games, where the Indian team loses, as not having ever been played, with retrospective effect. Any media house found covering the same will be acted against. This will also prevent any other country defeating India from inviting criminal charges from the Indian government for defamation of the nation.

Every person who does not wear foreign clothes or, at the very least, does not talk in a western language, will be removed to an area specially reserved for such misfits. After all, if an overseas visitor were to interact with such a person and see reality, would it not create a poor impression of our great civilisation that is tantamount to defamation? We cannot leave such things to chance.

If at any point of time economic measures reveal a less-than-rosy picture, the slump in growth is to be addressed by changing the formula to measure growth rather than risk defamation.

Many other measures have been prescribed. But nothing is foolproof. To cover that eventuality, legislation has been enacted requiring citizens, in the manner of Mahatma Gandhi’s three monkeys, to “hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil”. In simple terms, bury your head in the sand and pretend all is well.

In the interest of transparency and openness and in order to protect against defamation, all divergent views, particularly ones that call upon men to introspect about their attitude towards women, need to be clamped down upon.

30 thoughts on “Defamation

    • Thank you! Just to clarify, the post argues for NOT banning the documentary. What should be banned is the male mindset that leads to crimes like rape, and not documentaries that provide a glimpse inside such a mind.

  1. Thinking about the three monkeys…I find it interesting that what was originally a tradition (Japanese, Buddhist, Ghandi) of not dwelling upon evil, in the interest of serenity and peace, morphed in the Western world to refer to lack of moral responsibility and a code of silence, even, for organized crime.

  2. Banning the exposing of unpleasant and shocking truths has a long record in the history of many nations. A positive example is Germany which accepts it’s NAZI guilt and has gone to great lengths to achieve reconciliation and atonement.

    • Thank you for your concern. I think I am fortunate to be living in a place where there is reasonable freedom, of thought, speech, etc., of course within the broad boundaries of a civil society.

  3. The politicians have contributed more to…. “it”….. than the producer herself……by banning…. “it” !!

    The producer owes a big thank you ( besides a share in the profits / royalty ) to our politicians.

  4. Well, you found my blog and I thank you. Why have I not been following before I do not know. If your ideas are developed then there might just be a chance for women in India. Why, in a country that had a woman Prime Minister, and a forceful woman at that, why do Indian men have this sexist attitude?
    I am so glad to have found your blog. But I also need to ask, “When you write, how far do you push you tongue into your cheek?” (I hope that translates)

    • Thank you for following and commenting. You are right, recognition of a problem is perhaps the first step towards a solution. Also, I don’t think this is a problem limited to India. An issue like this can be openly debated in India. There are many places in the world where it will never be recognised as an issue. To your last question, the tongue has to be kept not in the cheek, but in check. Thanks once again.

  5. Another great piece, Ankur. Well done 🙂

    Now, I’ve to write an article about all those defamations regarding firearm deaths. I pointed my gun at a guy – the blacker the guy, the more his fault – and pulled the trigger.The idiot did not duck and ended up smashing my bullet with his head. How can they charge me in court? It is not only defaming me, it is downright atrocious and a waste of taxpayers’ money. Jeez!

    BTW, as I was reading, I wondered when and if you’ll touch on cricket – you did not disappoint 🙂


  6. I like to take a dry angle to this – since they banned it, it led to more dialogue! Because honestly, expecting something reasonable from our politicians is now a lost hope.

  7. When Slumdog Millionaire came out, didn’t they feel it would “defame” India?
    Great post. Your sarcasm hits the nail on the head.

  8. Thank you! We are all, it seems, prisoners of convenience. When it is convenient, we have a rich culture and should resist foreign influences. When it is convenient, we will buy Mirage fighters from France and ask Singapore to help build “smart cities”.

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