july 17th, 2006
following arjun singh's ban, a number of internet sites have been shut down, including all blogger sites, most of which are run by individuals.
this, of course, is censorship. but the 'intelligentsia' in india are not worried. stands to reason, because a lot of the english-language media's hypocrisy is being exposed on blogs.
and it's interesting that they have given lists of sites with 'extreme religious views'. one of these is ' hinduhumanrights.org'.
thus, in the arjun singh lexicon, hindu human rights = religious extremism.
this goes well with arjun singh's other axiom, 'secularism' = mohammedanism. this was repeated by him and his arab friends on his recent trip to west asia.
note that the extremely predatory christist sites such as the joshua project have not been censored. nor mohammedan terrorist sites, even after the mumbai blasts. nor extreme marxist sites, even after yesterday's massacre of 87 tribal refugees in a camp in chattisgarh. the only site mentioned that has a christist connection is dalistan.org, a christist front.
thus, christist/mohammedan/marxist terrorism = good
hindus wanting their human rights = religious extremism.
a very neat encapsulation of UPA policy.
stand by for an announcement of the emergency, any day now.
here is a news report that gives the story, and here's a way to bypass the ban by using anonymous servers or proxies.
this wikipedia entry shows you how to get around the ban.
also, here's another email about it: use the pakistani anti-censoring site!
Here's one great way to access all blogspot blogs: Just go to http://pkblogs.com/. This site was created by Pakistani bloggers to bypass all blogs that were blocked by the Paki govt.
Post 7/11, Govt targets 'extreme' websites, bloggers on the blink
SULAKSHANA GUPTA / Pragya Singh
Posted online: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 0000 hrs Print Email
MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, JULY 17:The fast-growing community of online
bloggers has borne the brunt of the government's decision to block
some 20 websites in a post-Mumbai show of force. Some of the websites
that have been blocked are Dalitstan.org, Clickatell.com,
Hinduhumanrights.org and Hinduunity.com.
But the most harried Internet users were the bloggers, who couldn't
access Blogspot.com , Typepad.com or Geocities.com pages. Sources in
ISPs in Delhi as well as Mumbai confirmed that the one blog government
has asked them to block is Princesskimberly.blogspot.com.
It seems the order posed technical problems, resulting in a blanket
ban on all blogs. ''You cannot block a single page on blogspot.com,
which is why all of them are getting blocked,'' said Neha Viswanathan,
Regional Editor, South Asia, Globalvoicesonline.org from London.
The Indian order was issued on July 13, sources in the Ministry of
Telecom confirmed, though the Computer Emergency Response Team
(India), part of a global cyber-security network set up three years
ago, did not announce the bans officially.
Only sources in several ISPs such as Spectranet and Airtel confirmed
that they had received the site-blocking order. R Grewal, a
spokesperson for Spectranet confirmed: ''We received a list of over 20
websites to block from the Department of Telecom, and this
( Blogspot.com) was one of them.''
Apparently, all the websites blocked are said to express "extreme
MTNL officials said they were handed a 22-page document detailing the
sites to block a month ago. "It came from the National Informatics
Centre (NIC). It was the first time that they had done something of
this nature,'' says RH Sharma, sub-divisional engineer for MTNL in
Government sources confirmed late in the evening that some websites
have been blocked based on police reports that they were fuelling
hatred. They denied that the Mumbai blasts had anything to do with
censorship and that security checks on the blocked sites were on since
before the terrorist attacks.