Sure, not everyone has access to these alternatives but even so the state can at best rate programmes in terms of whether it is appropriate for viewing by young audiences. And by laying down that adult programmes, for instance, are only shown late at night. But the point at issue is wider. Censorship of whatever is sought to be offered into your drawing room whether in print, by wireless or whatever is something you, as an adult, must decide for yourself. Why would you give your keys to this higher realm to the state
Content regulation is not simply about stopping the beaming of obscenity and violence, with which rhetoric public support is garnered (keeping aside the large range of opinion on what obscenity should encompass). Everyones got an opinion on what he or she doesnt like to hear anyone expressing praise of multinationals, Saraswati vandana, Marxism, homosexuality, colonialism, the RSS, the Imam, anything likely to present these more favourably...each individual has a wish list of 100-plus. If the state is going to, evolve a broad consensus among these, as the I&B secretary says they will, you can imagine the result. Dont enter this era if you want a liberal society.