I watched in puzzlement as the government released a draft for encryption. All kinds of silly stuff like requiring storage of messages, all but rendering banking encryption useless etc. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that the government responded to criticism on news sites and social media. They withdrew the draft and are rewording it. While it’s unfortunate that the government seems to be clueless about stuff like net neutrality and encryption, it’s good that they at least admit their mistake and do something about it. They even listened to us on lifting the porn ban.
Better that, than to have an opaque government that doesn’t list draft proposals for public comment in the first place. I didn’t vote for Modi and had reservations about him (like everyone else), but this style of governance is good and we should appreciate it. Asking for feedback and listening to responses allows the public to keep an eye on what’s happening.
Now if only Modi could reign in some of his ministers and stop them from saying moronic things about how Rishis gave the Vajra to Indra, we’d be golden!