Dear Vishal, i wish to write a very short letter to you. The last year has been quite successful for you, not only in your elections in the ‘Actors’ and ‘Producers’ council, but in the subsequent actions against ‘Tamilrockers’, as well. Today, as i type this, you are making ‘news’, for a very different reason.
After a brief spurt of “news feeds” , that your nomination was rejected by the E. C for the R.K.Nagar election, it now appears that your nomination has been accepted now. I believe you are going to start campaigning from tomorrow on. May the ‘stars’ and ‘gods’ even make you win, if you are indeed deserving. My best wishes to you on this front.
There is this minor grievance that I have and I hope that you will be able to address this. It doesn’t concern you directly, but my grievance is targeted against those, who are associated with an organization, of which you happen to be – the President.
I have been a follower of the official Twitter handle of ‘Tamilnadu Film Producers Council’ – @TFPC_AP, for sometime now. I have interacted with the handle a few times, mostly on issues surrounding ‘piracy’, and even ‘liked’ and ‘retweeted’, a few tweets.
Following the endorsement of this handle (Film Producers Council) supporting/defending your actions which you have taken about contesting the R.K.Nagar seat, i raised a question if there was an ethical conflict in the official Twitter handle supporting, what was a decision taken by its leader (Vishal) in a personal capacity (and non official capacity) , that has no bearing on the ‘Producers Council’.
My question was raised, given that a few members of the Producers Council themselves have come out in public, and raised objections. As an incidental co-incidence, you yourself admit in a reply to Director Cheran saying that, this action of yours is an ‘independent decision‘.
Although I make a reference to Director Cheran in the tweet, I am not bringing the issue between Director ‘Cheran’ and ‘you’, as it may distort the views that i wish to present.
Hypothetically speaking, there may be those, within your own group (that won the ‘Producer Council’ elections last year) who may have supported your decision to become ‘President’ of the Producers Council and still support the Council’s actions , but may not be in favour of you, taking part in a public election. For such individuals, I am sure, they cannot question you, as you have taken this decision in ‘an individual capacity’.
So this is my perspective. How can a common Twitter handle that balances both these perspectives, tweet in favour of one? If at all, the person who manages the official Twitter handle of @TFPC_AP, should have done it from his own handle, and not from the organization.
I think the snapshots are quite clear, that i wished to share this thought.
The Twitter handle could have chosen to not reply to my tweet, but it chose to – an answer that I am unable to decipher, unfortunately. (For the president, by the president. Stay within your limits S..)
Following this reply, I have been blocked by the handle. The handle could have chosen to stay silent, but what was the need to ‘block me’? Off course, the easiest way out here in such cases, is to call someone who doesn’t agree with your views as a ‘troll’, and block them. But I don’t think that could be the case, as this same handle has liked some of my tweets, in the past – Tweets, that were favorable to the organization’s objectives.
So now, is my understanding that, the @TFPC_AP will not tolerate any voices that raise objections to its views or will it simply block those that do? Is this the purported ‘democracy’ that you speak off when you raise the banner of campaigning in your Twitter handle, a ‘democracy’ that unfortunately can’t handle dissent?
Again, I reiterate that this has nothing to do with you. But a leader not only takes responsibility of those under him but also sets positive examples. There are many examples of ‘suppression of dissent’ that we see and hear, and i hope that you may be different.
I have added the interactions for your convenience. Just to let you know, that i haven’t left out anything to suit my narrative, you may check all the other interactions that have happened between ‘me’ and ‘@TFPC_AP’.
Best wishes for your future endeavors, and I hope that, in case you win, ‘you’ and ‘your online media handles’ may choose to be a little more democratic, in future.