Public and Private Space
Carol Thatcher, the daughter of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been sacked from her reporter job at the BBC for using the word “golliwog” when referring to a tennis player. The story has certainly kicked off a storm here in the UK. Miss Thatcher used the term off air when talking to production staff after the programme. She said that the comment was not made for public broadcast and was meant to be humorous. This article believes that it is not treating someone as an equal if you think you have to guard your tongue in their presence. So can you no longer have private conversations at work? How safe is it to tell a joke? Are there degrees of offense?
President Obama’s administration has been accused of threatening to withdraw cooperation in terror cases from Britain if a UK court disclosed evidence of British detainee, Binyam Mohammed who claims he was tortured in Guantanamo. Is this the first real test of the so called special relationship between US and Britain?
The British court has decided that evidence in Binyam Mohamed’s case should be kept a secret on the grounds of national security. Do you feel it is in the public interest for torture evidence to be revealed? Should security come before openess?
Women Drinking in India
One story that has caught my interest in recent days is about women drinking in India. A protest has taken place in Delhi against the release of a group of men who beat up a group of young women for drinking and dancing in a pub in the city of Mangalore.
Pramod Muthalik, the chief of a popular political party in India has said that the raid was justified as it was protecting youngsters from falling into the wrongs hands.
Poorna Shetty in today’s Guardian talks about how there is one rule for boys and one rule for girls in South Asian culture. Do you think this is true in your community and should this still be the case? Do women still need “protecting”?