To-and-fro of porn between right and wrong is something India mulling over.

To claim myself to be a stern moralist or a practicing priest would be like telling a lie if I do so. I’ve had my share of wild excursions and dalliances during my salad days. Now, in the twilight of my youth I repent so many things I did in past that have had the potential to make one a butt of joke and ridicule in this world or to be mercilessly pushed  into the valley of hell, in the hereafter. However, I’ve to make a confession. In the late 70’s or even during my student life, I have never had the opportunity to watch any great pornographic material except some imported pictures or torn-up pages from ‘Playboy’ that any of my close friend ventured to discover.

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It was in the Middle East, first time, where I happened to be in the company of my new friends,  the so-called bad boys who had  invited me to see the ‘Blue Films’ that were easily available at any Video shop if the shopkeeper was known to Your Excellency or any of your friend. The religious police often used to storm the video parlors. They would arrest the shop-attendant, confiscate those cassettes, enjoyed themselves in privacy and then burn them in full glare at police station.To be realist – Fear of bad name, overdose of religion and complication in anticipation deterred me from watching these movies as discretion. But that material was always available. It was never so easy to watch the pornographic material in India in those days. No one liked those, at least in public, who were the regular pornographic addicts. Freedom of expression had not included pornographic material in the syllabus of society in those days.

After the advent and access of INTERNET in every third home, every kind of pornographic material gripped the intelligent human being of every size, color and sex. Now, without hesitation or fear of ridicule, the society is swimming naked in the sea of pornography. The low neck-lines, a mischievous smile or a sexy walk have become the pedestrian attraction before the real hard action. The hard sex has become cheapest entertainment. Forget about the spiritual aspect of sex that had been emphasized by every religion. For the generation floating in freedoms of all types, sex is losing its charm, dynamics of beauty and pleasure to crime, violence and depravity. The glut, profusion and availability has rendered sexual enjoyment overworked –  INSIPID. Values and traditions are gone into folk lore.

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In this atmosphere of hypocrisy prevailing in society where nothing is considered as a major crime as long as the immediate family is not offended or exploited, we are facing the dilemma of ‘banning the pornographic websites.’

There still exists a religious and collective social morality in India that had inspired the government to move in that direction. Unfortunately, it had to bow to the VOCAL SCREECH of a daring public outcry. Public wants to watch the free sex. The Indian government announced on Tuesday that it would lift a days-old ban on hundreds of pornographic websites after critics accused the government of encroaching on personal freedoms. Over the weekend, to protect the public morality, Indian authorities had ordered Internet providers to block 857 websites deemed to carry pornographic material. The home work of the authorities was poor. It was detected that many of the banned websites had not featured any pornography. The outrage drew ridicule and condemnation.

The ban followed the 2013 court case filed by Kamlesh Vaswani, a lawyer in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. It had drawn a connection between crimes against women and pornography. Vaswani’s petition said that consuming pornography “puts the country’s security in danger, encourages violent acts, unacceptable behavior in society, exploitation of children and lowers the dignity of women.”

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Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said late Tuesday that “the ban will be partially withdrawn” and that only sites that carry child pornography would remain blocked, according to Indian news media. It was an attempt to save face. The pornography material that features the minors already is illegal under Indian law.

India’s Supreme Court has also observed that a blanket ban on such websites would violate Indians’ personal liberties. An exception was made when a judge last month had criticized the government for not taking action against websites featuring child porn.

It would be interesting to recall the ban earlier this year by the central government of a BBC documentary on a deadly 2012 gang rape in New Delhi because of controversial comments made by one of the convicted rapists.

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One of my friend who often steps in when I write reminded me that the country that gave the world the Kama Sutra — an ancient Hindu text on human sexual behavior — has become one of the world’s biggest consumers of online porn.

I’m losing my bearings!

By Naim Naqvi

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