Why are the Indian Authorities targeting Rushdie et al instead of actual haters?
Listing a series of recent religious reactions to various perceived insults such as Jay Leno’s joke about the Golden Temple being a second home for a rich US presidential candidate, the hosting of anti-religious material by Facebook, Rushdie’s Jaipur visit, Tom Wright at India Real Time asks:
Shouldn’t the Indian government be focusing on clamping down on real religious hate speech – say, politicians and others who incite violence against religious communities – rather than throw-away jokes like Mr. Leno’s?
Answer: Yes, but they aren’t going to. Why? Because Facebook etc are easy targets that allow the authorities to signal their secular credentials/religious sensitivity without any political costs.
It’s not the law, that matters. It’s the judges.