Why it's unwise to lift ban on Pak tv programmes

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  1. Oracle

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    Such action will be seriously detrimental to national security and should be opposed by public and political opinion, says B Raman

    B Raman

    In 1989, widespread demonstrations, some of them leading to violence, broke out in Jammu and Kashmir [ Images ] against the Indian government. That was the time when East Europe was in turmoil with large-scale demonstrations against their Communist regimes by the people of the then East Germany [ Images ], Rumania etc.

    Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence acquired visuals of these massive demonstrations in East Europe and started beaming them through Pakistani TV to the people of J-K, with appeals to emulate the people of East Europe and come out in the streets to demonstrate against the Indian government.

    VPSingh, the then prime minister, and Vinod Pandey, the then cabinet secretary, convened an emergency meeting of the Secretaries' Committee to discuss how to counter this.

    The head of the R&AW was directed to take whatever measures were necessary to prevent Pakistani TV programmes from being receivable in J&K and authorised to procure the necessary equipment for this purpose. The equipment was acquired on an emergency basis and the Pakistani TV's programmes were effectively jammed.

    Since then, we have been careful to see that Pakistani TV programmes are not receivable in India [ Images ] for the following reasons:

    To prevent dissemination of programmes that could incite sections of our population to violence
    To prevent dissemination of wrong information that could cause communal violence.
    To prevent attempts to subvert the loyalty of any section of our population to the Government of India.

    After the 9/11 terrorist strikes in the US, many governments have armed themselves with powers to ban TV programmes that could tend to incite their population to take to violence or terrorism. For example, there is a ban in many Western countries on the Al-Aqsa TV channel of Hamas [ Images ]. TV channels of Iran are not allowed to be shown in many countries.

    On July 7,2010, the Agence France [ Images ] Presse disseminated the following report,"On July 7, 2010, the French government instructed its broadcasting authority to take Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV off the air. The satellite channel was broadcast on Eutelsat, a French satellite company headquartered in Paris. French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said that the instruction was given when France received a warning from the European Commission that the channel repeatedly violated European laws by showing programs which incited hatred or violence for reasons of religion or nationality, mostly against Israel and Judaism."

    At a time when we are still grappling with the evil of jihadi terrorism emanating from Pakistan, through State-sponsorship and other means, it will be extremely unwise on our part to remove existing curbs on the airing of Pakistani TV programmes in India and to allow Pakistani TV channels to beam their programmes to India.

    Some sections of our media have reported that the Indian government is considering relaxing some of the existing restrictions. Such action will be seriously detrimental to national security and should be opposed by public and political opinion.

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  3. Yusuf

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    But then what will happen to chaman ka tamasha?

    Agree with Raman Sir. We cannot have the PakiTV in India.
     
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    Is PakiTV jammed in India?
     
  5. Bangalorean

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    Whoever thought of this idea (unbanning Paki channels) needs to be clobbered on the head. :frusty:

    One of the main reasons for violence in Pakistan (or any society for that matter) is the message that they are given through their textbooks, media, etc. What will happen with our people see their tele-mullahs calling for executions of Ahmadis and Shias, and generally presenting a very intolerant and distorted view of everything?

    The lower strata of Indian Muslim society, which is the most easily influenced, has not been exposed to radical hardcore thinking yet. Let us keep it that way.
     
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    Not jammed but regulated. Govt. can ban/cancel the license of the cable or dish operators who will display the Pakistani channels illegally.
     
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    Heard from me mates in Bangalore that Paki channels are freely available in certain localities. Not sure about the rest of the country.
     

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