Press Esc to close
Tuesday 28 July 2015
News updated at 3:49 PM IST
Weather
Max: 19°C
Min : 32°C
In Bengaluru
Rain lightly

Social media must be regulated: Khurshid

Kolkata, Mar 24, 2013 (PTI):
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid PTI Photo

Lauding the effectiveness of social media, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said the freedom that comes out of using it needs to be regulated.

"Social media is effective today because we are equal. It is the equality of social media and your ability to manipulate and use technology that gives you the freedom - a freedom which then, perhaps, needs to be regulated. It needs to be regulated because every freedom has to be regulated," Khurshid said here.

Speaking on the topic of freedom vs equality at The Telegraph National Debate here last night, he said, "I have never known of equality being regulated but I have known of every freedom (being regulated)."

"Please read the Constitution and if you are a true Indian, please bow to the Constitution which says reasonable restriction on all your freedom - on your freedom of speech, freedom of work, freedom of action," the senior Congress leader said.

During the debate, where other politicians like Corporate Affairs minister Sachin Pilot and BJP's senior leader Ravi Shankar Prasad also participated, it was announced that the views expressed by the speakers were personal and might not reflect the views of the party or government.

Advocating the setting up of an Equal Opportunities Commission, Khurshid, who had earlier held the post of Minority Affairs minister, said they are facing difficulties in establishing it.

"I think that this is the greatest idea that we can have in our society today. There is difficulty in pushing it and sometimes I wonder is it that I am not being able to explain it to some of my colleagues on the other side - Ravi Shankar Prasad or your party (BJP)," he said.

"Are you confusing this with equal commission for opportunities? Are you actually thinking that this is about equal commission for opportunities? I want to assure you that this is not about equal commissions but about equal opportunities," Khurshid said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bullet holes are seen on the windscreen of a car that was damaged in a gunfight...

Bullet holes are seen on the windscreen of a car that was damaged in a gunfight...

Police personnel during an encounter with the militants who attacked a police station...

Police personnel during an encounter with the militants who attacked a police station...

An Indian policeman takes position during a fight in the town of Dinanagar...

An Indian policeman takes position during a fight in the town of Dinanagar...

Police personnel take positions during an encounter with armed militants in Dinanagar town...

Police personnel take positions during an encounter with armed militants in Dinanagar town...

Wrestler Geeta Phogat walks the ramp during the launch of Pro Wrestling League...

Wrestler Geeta Phogat walks the ramp during the launch of Pro Wrestling League...

Virat Kohli along with Rahul Dravid during a practice session at MAC Stadium...

Virat Kohli along with Rahul Dravid during a practice session at MAC Stadium...

Villagers wade through flooded water of Kunye river in Birbhum district of West-Bengal...

Villagers wade through flooded water of Kunye river in Birbhum district of West-Bengal...

Security personnel stand guard at Raisina Hill in New Delhi...

Security personnel stand guard at Raisina Hill in New Delhi...

Dark clouds hover in the sky over North Block in New Delhi...

Dark clouds hover in the sky over North Block in New Delhi...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik's sand sculpture on the terrorist attack at Punjab...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik's sand sculpture on the terrorist attack at Punjab...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523