Tuesday, January 05, 2016

of Santa-Banta jokes, and reality of Santa Banta featuring Satwant Singh and Beant Singh

The Economic Times has the article, "SC to examine plea to shut down websites with Santa Banta jokes" & The Times of India also features, "We will seriously examine plea to ban Santa-Banta jokes: SC".

So what is this "Santa-Banta jokes" about? Well, I did google on the terms (somehow I clicked wrongly on the 'Image'), and found many of the jokes are not in English. Oh well...but one in particular is not a joke, but has a rather serious message:

Really, I've got to do more research on these 2 characters: Satwant Singh and Beant Singh.

The Supreme Court, on 4 January, said that it would seriously examine the petition to ban Santa-Banta jokes. The petition claims the jokes are a violation of the human rights of the Sikh community.

Advocate Harvinder Chowdhury filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging that the jokes portrayed the Sikh community in a bad light - by showing them as individuals with 'low intellect'. The Delhi Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (DGPC) has also stepped in and added weight to the petition making the issue more serious.

"Isn't it true that members of the Sikh community are large-hearted and the only community which has the capacity to laugh at itself?" a TOI report quoted Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur as saying after he was asked if people with the surname 'Singh' had to face ridicule.

The bench has directed the registry to list both the petitions by Chowdhury and DPSC.
From Catch News, "Santa-Banta jokes are not funny; SC to review ban plea".

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