That all those who claim that all is lost should go back and try to tweak their mouth-organs to see the realities!

And the realities are:

Both the good and the bad co-exist in our society – the good people and the bad people – the good ideologies and the bad ideologies – the good objectives and the bad objectives – the good behaviours and the bad behaviours – the good language and the bad language – and so on.

Something that is good for the proponents of that ‘good’ may be ‘bad’ for others – and vice versa.

But they co-exist as long as someone or some of them doesn’t/don’t look and found breaching the norms of laws in our democratic society.

For many Sadhvi Pragya is a terrorist who should be put behind bars for her alleged role in propagating terror in India.

For many, she is a crusader of Hinduism who did a brave job.

For many others, she is someone who was made a scapegoat and she had nothing to do with all the terror activities she has been alleged for.

Accordingly, there have been allegations and counter allegations on attempts to implicate or exonerate her in the cases – involving the 2008 Malegaon terror strike case.

The political sides with their differing ideologies would always see and would want to see the event from their own respective perspectives.

So, some say that all has been lost and everything has been compromised – especially after the NIA removed her name from the supplementary chargesheet it filed in the case and removed the MCOCA charges on her.

Those with rival ideologies say nothing like that happened and law is taking its own course.

That is the normal diplomatic discourse in the our democratic country.

The good thing is – the spirit of law is still maintained. Yes, corruption has afflicted all wings of our administrative institutions including the judiciary – but if curative and responsive hopes lie somewhere, it is in our judiciary only – and it upheld that today – when it rejected Pragya Thakur’s bail plea.

The court made it very clear that though framing of the charges may be the domain of the law enforcement agencies but deciding on the merits of the case lies well within the judicial domain – and thus the judicial interpretation of charges and counter charges.



If the DVD business is dying – due to increasing digital distribution, cloud storage and piracy – if the Box Office collection has to remain under the shadow of piracy threats – then why can’t cinema be taken to more and more people – people who see the online access as the preferred reference point for their cinema-watching experience?

Why restrict cinema only to theatres?

Why can’t a movie be released simultaneously in theatres and on the internet?

Why can’t it be made available on cable television’s on-demand services – the day it is released in theatres?

According to a recent Google India report, one in ten online searches on Google is cinema related. Movie junkies on the internet frantically search for downloadable links whenever a new film hits the theatres. The next stage is obviously about sharing the file and in no time the film is all across the internet.

Even China could not prevent images of Wukan protests from going viral on the Internet and therefore in the whole world. Wukan is a Chinese village that was the epicentre of the anti-corruption protests in 2011 and had seen months long police-villagers standoff. Villagers alleged that their land was taken from them by the government officials and they were not paid proper compensation.

Even Russia could not effectively censor political bloggers and activists like Alexei Navalny for writing against Vladimir Putin. The internet is a maze where monitoring content is a tiresome process with no guarantee of results.

If China and Russia cannot stop the internet sites from hosting the material that they do not want, how can we expect the same from filmmakers – even if they have formed specialized agencies for the purpose and regularly hire top ex-cops?

Then why can’t it be used to advantage then? It is better to befriend an adversary whom you know you can never win.

Many people would come forward to pay for downloading a film on their smartphones or computers if they get the chance to have an authentic print with on the same day the film is being released in the theatres. Many would jump to this prospect of getting a original BluRay or HD-DVD quality digital print – as everyone loves a hassle free cinema-watching experience.

When filmmakers cannot stop online piracy, whatever they get by making their films simultaneously available on the internet platforms will only increase your revenue.