- Netizens rue loss of popularity to Facebook, Twitter
Bloggers at the meet in Ranchi on Sunday.
Picture by Hardeep Singh
The capital had
its date with faces behind words on the web on Sunday, as more than 50
bloggers from across Jharkhand and abroad too gathered at Sri Krishna
Institute of Public Administration for a daylong discussion. The meet
was organised under the aegis of Jharkhand Bloggers Forum.
The netizens, who
had made their way mostly from cities like Dhanbad and Bokaro, with one
even flying down all the way from Canada, expressed anguish on the
waning trend of blogging due to the emergence of social networking sites
like Facebook and Twitter.
“It’s high time
people understand the importance of blogs and how, just like other
social networking sites, they provide a platform for like-minded
netizens to air views,” said Bokaro’s Rajni Nayyar, who has been running
her personal journal online since 2009.
Nayyar, whose journal chandniraat.blogspot.com is
a huge hit among her online followers, added that her blog provided an
opportunity to budding poets to showcase their works and share their
Canada-based Swapna, who blogs at swapnamanjusha.blogspot.com,
said it was a matter of concern that most people of the state did not
have access to any weblog. Swapna, who has posted a huge collection of
Hindi prose on the web, including works like “Wo shaam kuch ajeeb thi”, “Diary ke panne” and “Sachmuch kali ban jaogi”, was supported by Ranchi-based Nadeem Akhtar.
Akhtar, who has been blogging since 2006 at ranchihalla.blogspot.com,
said that information pertaining to technology, society, lifestyle,
business, politics, sports, science and more related to the state
capital could be shared online through blogging.
response to blogs has been particularly poor if we compare it to other
social networking sites like Twitter,” Akhtar said. He added that there
was an immediate need for revival of the blogging trend that has been
pushed to the background in the state due to lack of awareness.
however, promised to convene meetings at regular intervals to generate
awareness about blogging and encourage more people to comment on the
If Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had a public account in
Facebook, bloggers and social network members would have flooded his
inbox with their protests and pungent remarks registered at a bloggers'
meet in Ranchi on Sunday.
The offline expressions put by regular bloggers were stronger enough
to hit the Union Telecom minister Kapil Sibal's stunts by imposing a ban
on social networking websites in India.
Echoing a unanimous support over the fundamental right to Freedom of
Expression mentioned in the Constitution of India, State-wide bloggers
were offended of their creative work by Sibal's statement.
"The statement put forth by Kapil Sibal has left a question mark on
the work which has been uploaded till date on our blogging websites,"
said Swapna Manjusha (pen-named Ada) from Canada.
The Non-resident of India Ada talking to The Pioneer said: "India is
being seen with a welcome gesture in the countries abroad. If Kapil
Sibal wishes to put back all the glory of the nation in a dump-box, he
can go ahead with his announcements. But this would be just a violation
of our fundamental rights in the biggest democracy of the world."
The state-wide bloggers' meet conducted at ATI on Sunday was a mixed
bag of reactions by the regular bloggers of the state. The occasion was
synonymous to the artistic writings of poets, thinkers, intellects and
people from media-world.
Blaming Kapil Sibbal's ban on social networking websites, several
state-wide bloggers presented different views on politics,
web-journalism, astrology, provocative thoughts, ghazals and the future
"Putting our fundamental rights into the box of dump-yard is
something unusual. Blogging has given us the power to unfold the ideas
and present it to the world. It can be seen as the future of the media,
which takes its turn with the new invention," said Deven Gautam, a
The meet being first of its kind in the state, showed the new beginning of the ever-changing technological world.
Giving a reference, Sangeeta Puri, a renowned astrologist and an avid
blogger mentioned: "Blogging had given me the power to express and
prove the myths wrong prevalent in the traditional astrological world.
“The space is mine, which gives me immense pleasure again to set new trends for the coming generation."
The new trend has set in and Jharkhand is no more left apart from
this change coming in the society. Blogging has given birth to the
creative individual of a human being, which the existing bloggers' group
feels will grow every day.
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