Open letter to my blog-mates
I am deeply perturbed by the language used by some regular visitors to this blog. In true democratic traditions, I’ve desisted from any kind of censorship, respecting their right to state their piece. But you’d agree that all freedoms come with reasonable restrictions.
In this context, I’d like to share with dyed-in-the-wool Indian and Pakistani nationalists who abound on this site, an SMS a dear friend of mine sent me the other day. It read: “Argument is bad, discussion is good. Argument is to find out who’s right. Discussion is to ascertain what’s right.”
I am sure the grapplers who spend so much time on this blog have their relative truths to share. The point I seek to make is that it can be better done in an idiom that’s civilized. At the end, there might still not be any consensus. But the exercise will generate a variety of formulations on which we can agree to disagree.
It’s good to have a view. It’s better still to also know the flipside.
You’d ask what has made me devote an entire blog to the issue this week? What set me thinking was a post Diva wrote in response to Vijay Kumar’s suggestion that we banish chronic offenders from the site. “I’m a vivid (sic) but silent follower of this blog. I find that some posts are irrational as well as abusive.”
Coming from an avid follower (who I presume is an honorable lady) I think the matter needs serious discussion rather than a wordy slugfest. For me, blacklisting habituated abusers is no remedy. They would— like the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba — resurface with another name or designation.
In my very personal view, we must isolate such offenders by ignoring their posts or simply dismissing them with the contempt they deserve. It will be like removing rotten apples from a basket of ideas.
If that comes across as too much of a Gandhigiri to some, please post innovative suggestions that’ll address the issue without compromising the democratic spirit of this blog.
With prejudice towards none,