Northern, WI  11/20/2012 (BasicsMedia)  —  Social Media teaches lessons to politicians and this seems to be happening more during political unrest where the populus demands a voice and FaceBook and Twitter become tools for change.  The 2 pillars of Social Media FaceBook and Twitter act as main sources replacing traditional media outlets, but LinkedIn (Nasdaq:LNKD), Apple (NASDAQ:APPL) and Google (Nasdaq:GOOG) all play a role in giving freedom a voice.

As India’s financial capital shut down for the weekend funeral of a powerful politician linked to waves of mob violence, a woman posted on Facebook that the closures in Mumbai were “due to fear, not due to respect.” A friend of hers hit the “like” button. For that, both women were arrested.

Shaheen Dhada, the 21-year-old who posted the comment appeared on television Tuesday, her face covered by a scarf so that only her eyes were visible.  Clearly terrified by her arrest and the attack on her uncle’s clinic, Dhada told NDTV television she would never again make comments on a social networking site. Both women said they have deactivated their Facebook accounts.  Dhada described her arrest as “unfair.”  My guess is Social Media will come to the aid of these brave women as a cry for fairness and freedom ring loud.

Analysts and the media are slamming the Maharashtra state government for what they said was a flagrant misuse of the law and an attempt to curb freedom of expression. The arrests were seen as a move by police to prevent any outbreak of violence by supporters of Bal Thackeray, a powerful Hindu fundamentalist politician who died Saturday.  “We are living in a democracy, not a fascist dictatorship,” Markandey Katju, a former Supreme Court justice who now heads the Press Council of India, wrote in a protest letter to the chief minister of Maharashtra.

Katju demanded that the state government suspend the police officers who had ordered the arrests and prosecute them.  The women withdrew the comment and apologized, but angry Thackeray supporters ransacked an orthopedic clinic run by the uncle of one woman.  A lawyer representing the women, Sudheer Gupta, said police arrested them Sunday, the day of the funeral, on charges of creating enmity and hatred. They were released on bail Monday.

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