Often the lines of freedom of speech and hate speech gets blurred in the valley and hence we are left with no choice but to block the social networks were the remarks from Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir along with Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for HRD during a debate at the Big Tent India summit being conducted in New Delhi. But according to a latest report, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has outlined a social media strategy that would fuel the ongoing liberation movement. In addition to this, the religious and political leader has also thought of having contingency plans so that the party could tackle the blocking of social networking sites placed by the governments.
Speaking in Srinagar, Mirwaiz expressed that social media is an inherent part of their ongoing resistance movement. The party also intends to have its own IT cell in the coming future which would be stationed outside Kashmir. This would enable people to be aware of the movement at a time when the Government has blocked the networks by regular interaction on social networking sites. The party further plans to increase its online activity especially on social networking sites too.
Bad news spreads fast on Internet. A state like Kashmir which is highly sensitive and witnessed years of communal tensions makes the job really tough. Curbing freedom of speech over social media is not that easy and this has been realized by governments but how does one react when your enemy also starts using the same tool to counter fight you.
An apt question in today’s time was asked to Aziza Ahmed during the panel discussion at India Today Conclave 2013. It wasn’t surprising that Aziza didn’t have a convincing answer to that; she agreed that it is a challenge their movement is facing where representatives of Zamat are using social media to label their liberal struggle as anti Muslim. Aziza added that they have no option but to fight them over social media and in doing so most of the times the real essence of the fight goes out.
I am sure in the coming months if APHC implements its ideas then the Omar Abdullah ruled government would have a tough time in finding answers too.