A parent's thoughts on Porn ban

"What does porn mean, Dad?" My kid asks.
I panic completely. I try desperately to think where he could have come across that word.  But nothing comes to my mind. Then it hits me!

"I have told you not to play with my computer," I say angrily.
He says,"No! I am trying to read newspaper, as you keep asking me to."
As proof, he shows me the newspaper in his hand. There is a headline about the Government banning porn websites.

I don't understand why the newspapers even mention words like porn in their paper. Don't they know that it could badly influence a big chunk of their audience - ten year olds who read paper due to pressure from their parents? I wish I could request the News Service Providers (NSP) to ban certain objectionable words from their reports. But I can't, because I am not a minister in BJP. So I suck up and explain the meaning of porn to my son.

"I don't know what porn means. Maybe it is a short form for pop corn." I shrug and say, "Go to sports page."
I know! My kid would be left thinking that the Government is this stupid thing which tries to ban popcorn. But I don't want to tell him the truth - Government is even stupider.

Look, when I heard about the ban on porn websites first, I reacted just like other old people.  I shrugged and said to myself, "Who cares? I don't go to Internet searching for porn. I already have downloaded everything I need."
We old timers know from experience that good times don't last forever. Like that ant in the ant and grasshopper story, I have already saved for "rainy day", if you know what I mean.

But then, I remembered the powerful poem about Hitler written by a person whom I am going to call Abhishek Bachchan because I do not know the original author. The poem goes something like this:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for PORN—but there was no one left to download PORN.

Okay, maybe I got the poem wrong. But the point is this: This Government seems to be deciding everything for us; we should not eat beef, we should do yoga and we should not watch porn. I mean, where will it all end? What if they say tomorrow that no parent should force their child to read newspaper?
Where will it leave my poor child?



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