Awrup for AlalODulal.org Unbeknownst to many, a new republic was born; it quietly crept up on the citizens of the old republic, while they were applauding and lauding themselves, for bringing to power through their franchise demagogues who promised them a rose garden of development. This new republic is called Banistan.

“We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent there will be no need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always—do not forget this Winston—always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.” — George Orwell, 1984

Unbeknownst to many, a new republic was born; it quietly crept up on the citizens of the old republic, while they were applauding and lauding themselves, for bringing to power through their franchise demagogues who promised them a rose garden of development. This new republic is called Banistan. This republic’s principles have been shaped around the ideology, as quoted above – which it holds in high regards. The republic is devoted to banning anything and everything that can invoke the dangerous notion of “freedom”, of any kind. Taking the bit in between one’s teeth, this author – who doesn’t want to end up being banned – bans this journal from trying to ban this article through any circuitous argument or wily capriciousness. Around the midnight hour – if not “at the stroke” of it (when the old republic was born on the same month in 1947) – on 1st August this “tryst with destiny” came about for the new republic, surreptitiously, when it finally banned porn on Internet — after a series of bans preceding this ban, without discussions and debates, or any specific directives from the Supreme Court. The very idea of debates or discussions is banned in Banistan. Though the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had opposed the idea of such bans earlier, one doesn’t know if he has been banned, too, for not wanting to ban porn. In his words:“Such interim orders cannot be passed by this court. Somebody can come to the court and say ‘Look, I am an adult and how can you stop me from watching it within the four walls of my room? It is a violation of Article 21 (right to personal liberty) of the Constitution.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3153957/Supreme-Court-says-India-t-ban-porn-CJI-says-total-ban-sex-sites-violate-privacy-personal-liberty.html#ixzz3hvPDeeMJ) One of the ministers of Banistan has said that this is about respecting cultural values and sentiments of the Banian society that such, and other, bans are being planned. When asked if the murals of the ancient temples around the country that depict sexual positions, and sexual orientations would be banned too, the minister – deduced from the blank look on his face – seemed to have banished the very thought of any thought provoking questions by the ‘unfree’ Press. Imagine  –in the near future –a Ministry of Orgasms, which will control and deign how and when the citizens can or cannot have their orgasms. The Ministry will have departments, with state ministers, to which applications will have to be submitted. Once the ways and means are sanctioned that keeps with the moral turpitude of the new republic only then can the citizens have their orgasms without fear of being banished. On the night before this August country’s birth, a man was hanged, defying all judicial precedence and logic, the idea of which, logic that is, is at loggerheads with its core principles. It, of course, succeeded in doing what it intended to do: that is legitimize ‘revenge’ as the cornerstone of the Republic, going forward, and sow the seed of divisiveness across two warring religious communities. As Banistan through this judgment has shown precedence over one particular religion over other, it will, presumably, support the majoritarian community to ban the other religious communities’ Gods, prophets, holy books, and other practices, in the right spirit of Banistan. For this even if there are riots it will be seen as a means to an end. In the aftermath of the hanging, the police, in keeping with the tenets of Banistan, gave orders banning any funeral procession for this particular religious community that the hanged belonged to, and also extended it to a media blackout – i.e., use of any videos or pictures. In other news it has also banned beef, books, cinema, documentaries, selling of sex toys, foreigners from participating in any parties and social events in one of its states, 28 swear words that can’t be used in films any more – like “lesbian” – to keep the moral fiber of the country strong, certain websites, a students’ group that had been critical of the Prime Minister Banindra’s government. It seems one by one, bit by bit, measure after measure will be taken to banish this perilous notion of freedom which threatens the existence of Banistan. Some pundits are wondering if this new republic Banistan has to be true to its principles, it will soon have to ban the bans. To which another group of intellectuals quipped that that will again result in banning the ban on bans. Seems we, the citizens, will be caught up in an unending cycle of bans. With these words I ban any further words after the end of this sentence.

Further reading (to be updated regularly):

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Pornography
BY LAWRENCE LIANG (http://thewire.in/2015/08/04/what-do-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-pornography-7811/)

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