India bans mass messaging on mosque riot fears
Keep the peace
The Indian government has slapped a 72-hour ban on mass text messaging ahead of potentially volatile court verdict on Friday.
A decision is due on the fate of a ruined mosque in Ayodhyra in Uttar Pradesh. Ayodrha was the scene of riots sparked by the destruction of the mosque which killed 2,000 people in 1992. The site is reputed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama.
The court's verdict, on several related issues, is due on Friday.
The telecoms ministry informed mobile operators of the 72-hour ban on all mass messaging yesterday, with the support of the Home Ministry. The ban will run until Saturday evening, the Hindustan Times reports.
Shri P Chidambaram, home minister, urged calm and said any verdict was unlikely to represent a clear "win" for either side and would probably be appealed in any event.
He said he was pleased many organisations had already appealed for peace and calm.
He said: "Apart from making an appeal for peace, it is the duty of all organisations concerned to actively work to maintain the peace. In particular, all organisations must urge their members not to spread rumours or make provocative statements ... It is the Government’s earnest hope that all sections of the people will cooperate with the Government in maintaining peace, order, harmony and tranquillity." ®
Am I the only person
who wishes all the religious priests, rabbis, imams etc, could somehow be legally executed, so they can't create a whole new generation?
Or that all these religious fanatics all head to some desert somewhere to fight it out, the last one alive can be happy that he's the only one remaining who believes in any god. He'd be the only member of the world's biggest religion but everyone else would happily ignore him.
why texting makes a diference...
When a certain amount of the population is illiterate the two big political motivators always are nationalism and religion.
To a Muslim the religion thing is no joke, to an illiterate Muslim it can be a matter of life and death. And besides most governments are scared of their reactions.
<quote>Atheism isn't a belief in nothing, it's a lack of belief just like asymmetry is a lack of symmetry.</quote>
Illiterate twit, don't you see the difference between believing that there is no god (atheism) and not believing either that there is a god or that there isn't (agnosticism)?