ಮಮ್ಮುಟ್ಟಿ ಪ್ಲೀಸ್…


ಕೋಕಾ ಕೋಲ ಕೇರಳದಲ್ಲಿ ತಲೆ ಎತ್ತಲು ಸಜ್ಜಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಗ ‘ನೋ ಮೋರ್ ಕೋಕಾ ಕೋಲಾ’ ಎಂದು ದನಿ ಎತ್ತಿದವರು ಮಮ್ಮುಟ್ಟಿ. ಆದರೆ ಈಗ ಕೇರಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೈಕ್ರೋಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ಕಂಪನಿ ಆರಂಭಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಇ-ಸಾಕ್ಷರತಾ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ರಾಯಭಾರಿಯಾಗಲು ಸಜ್ಜಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇದು ಯಾಕೆ ಬೇಕು ಮಮ್ಮುಟ್ಟಿ? ಎಂಬುದು ಕೇರಳಿಗರ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ. ಕೇರಳ ಯಾವತ್ತೂ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ವೇರ್ ಗಳು ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬನ ಕೈಗೂ ಎಟುಕಬೇಕು. ಅದು ಕೆಲವೇ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳ ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆಯಾಗಬಾರದು ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಪ್ರತಿಪಾದಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಹಾಗಿರುವಾಗ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ವೇರ್ ಗಳನ್ನು ತನ್ನ ಮುಷ್ಟಿಯೊಳಗೆ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಬಯಸುವ ಮೈಕ್ರೋಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ಗೆ ಮಮ್ಮುಟ್ಟಿ ಯಾಕೆ ರಾಯಭಾರಿಯಾಗಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ, ಸಿನೆಮಾ, ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಲೋಕದ ಗಣ್ಯರು ಬಹಿರಂಗ ಪತ್ರ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಓದಿ..

Open Letter to Mamootty from Free Software Community

Dear Bharat Mammootty,

This letter is to express our deepest disappointment in your involvement with Microsoft to launch their e-literacy program in Kerala and is based on the belief that you have high social convictions and commitment to the people of Kerala.

Kerala’s civil society had in the past been delighted by your decision to dissociate with the Coca-Cola advertisement project as a response to the resource exploitation and pollution caused by the corporate body. However, people of Kerala will be bewildered to see that you are lending your name and fame to support a devastatingly nefarious techno-monopolistic campaign unleashed by Microsoft in our state. We feel your move is both ill-advised and harmful.

Being the Director of a major media initiative (Kairali TV, Malayalam Communications Limited) that claims to be people-oriented both in terms of its initial resource mobilization tactics as well as its professed commitment to people’s causes, it is embarrassing to see that such concerns are completely sidelined in favor of a hideous agenda of a major US based multi-national IT giant, despised even in US for its monopolistic tendencies. In fact there are records of this company using underhanded tactics to enforce its views on an organization like ISO which maintains international standards for public benefit.

We are assuming that you were not given enough information about the IT Scenario we live in.

Software is a tool and a means with which we can achieve a lot of things. In this respect, it is similar to infrastructure like roads and rails. Using Microsoft software is akin to using a road built by a private agency who levies a charge for its use. Any further development of that road and the terms of usage of that road will be subject to the whims of that private agency alone, however insane it may be. Free Software is like an alternate road , with equal or better quality. It is community owned – public property. What modifications have to be done, and where it has to be done is driven by public need and is not influenced by a private party.

When we use Microsoft’s products, which do not give the four essential freedoms in Computing (Right to study, Right to copy, Right to modify and Right to Redistribute software), we are becoming helpless creatures. Non-free softwares like Windows are designed to keep users helpless and prohibit cooperation. On the other hand, Free software believes in sharing and cooperation.

For your kind attention, Microsoft, the company with which you plan to sign the contract, has a track record of being fined $1.35 billion for Antitrust Charges in European Union for not complying with EU standards and trying to avoid giving essential information required for interoperability to others by asking for a huge price. As the report says, “Microsoft was the first company in 50 years of EU competition policy that the commission has had to fine for failure to comply with an antitrust decision,” The Hindu February 28, 2008.

The Kerala state IT policy says motto of Akshaya project is ‘making technology and e-government services accessible to common man’. For making technology and e-governance accessible to common man without vendor lock-in, Free Software (Swathanthra Software) is the only solution available.

In the IANS Report, you said that you want to launch the project “to help make all sections of the society IT literate”. We understand and appreciate your genuine spirit. But selecting Microsoft as an accomplice would be the wrong choice. Making people literate benefits the society as a whole. Proprietary software rejects their thirst for knowledge: it says, “The knowledge you want is a secret — learning is forbidden!” Free software encourages everyone to learn. The free software community rejects the ‘priesthood of technology’, which keeps the general public ignorant of how technology works. The people and Government of Kerala understood it and has already introduced it in our schools and government institutions. So we request you to stand for free software and essential freedoms in computing to fulfill your mission.

Since you have on several occasions expressed your support to the causes upheld by left forces in the country, we hope that it will not be news to you that CPI(M) and other progressive forces in the country have been ardent supporters of free software and as a matter of principle, detest Microsoft’s monopoly built through treacherous market machinations that even the developed countries find unbearable.

It is high time that you understood the implications and ramifications of your support for Microsoft. It seriously undermines your role as a socially committed artist, progressive media leader and sympathizer of leftist politics.

We hope that being a thinking man, you will realize the error in endorsing proprietary software and will persist in your mission of bringing about IT to the common man via free software and open standards. As a great man who has enriched the culture of Kerala and India, please do set an example by using and promoting free software.

We as a body that strives to support free standards and free society through free software, request you to reconsider your decision and be a proponent of free software to achieve your mission to help make all sections of the society IT literate.

Let us build your dream together with free software.

A group of free software activists, supporters and users who believe in freedom, free society and free expression of ideas.

[edit] Endorsed by

[edit] Organisations

  1. FOSS Communities in India
  2. GNU Linux Users Group- Thiruvanathapuram
  3. Swathanthra Malayalam Computing
  4. Swathantra Software User Group Malappuram
  5. Palakkad Libre Software Users Society
  6. GNU/Linux Users Group Calicut
  7. Free Software Users Group Bangalore
  8. Indian Linux User Group Cochin Chapter
  9. PHP Trivandrum
  10. Free Software Users Group Thrissur
  11. Free Software Foundation of India
  12. Open Source Foundation of India
  13. Movingrepublic
  14. Global Alternate Information Applications(GAIA)
  15. ViBGYOR Film Collective
  16. Keraleeyam Magazine
  17. Third Eye Films
  18. Visual Search, Bangalore
  19. samalochana
  20. SPACE
  21. Forum Kerala
  22. Cinemela Film Festival, New Delhi
  23. South Asia Citizens Web
  24. BMS Libre Software Users’ Group (BMSLUG)
  25. Swatantra Kannada Localisation Project
  26. COIMBATORE HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM
  27. Malayala Kalagramam Film Society,New Mahe
  28. Kerala Society for Theatre Research,Sree Sankaracharya University,Kaladi.
  29. Padhabhedam magazine, Calicut
  30. IBON South Asia
  31. FOSSMeet@NITC
  32. Fireflies- an ngo for children and youth
  33. Subaltern Studies. An open-access media, communications, and cultural studies collective
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by midhun ,shafeeq rafeeq on ಜುಲೈ 23, 2008 at 6:16 ಅಪರಾಹ್ನ

    hai mammooka hw r u? i am ur deep fan we r to create fans association puthanthani .we r love u and ur film ur last picture parunth is good film and am enjoy ur charater. i hope vanthematharam make a good results. becasuse its a big budjet picture wish uall the best………..ok bye…………….

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