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July 19, 2006

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anu

Does this one act really negate the credibility of Indian democracy ? If it does, then I think there is going to have to be some general reclassification, as a lot of nations won't be qualifying - including the US and the UK.

Oh, and it seems that the Indian government actually only targeted 4 specific blogs, but the ISPs blocked access to the parent domains - probably because it was easier. Simply awful ? No, nothing so dramatic, simply a temporary reaction to a pretty awful incident.

Michelle

Isn't it amazing to observe actions such as that from one of the most populated countries in the world? Thanks for the post- very interesting. I had not seen that yet...

Elizabeth Albrycht

Anu - I think perhaps it does given that the first reaction was to shut everything down. In a country where free speech is internalized - part of the very basic mores of the country - the same "shut it down" order would not go through quite as easily.

anu

You state that the Indian government gave the order to block access to blog hosting sites, and then state that the first reaction was to "shut everything down". In fact, according to the information I've read, the government required access to a number of blogs (not the platform sites, but individual blogs) blocked. Various ISPs decided to block at a higher level for expediency.

And where is this country where free speech is internalised, and such an order wouldn't get through ? From what I can tell, wherever we are, our rights are being removed a smaller or greater degree, whether it be the UK government interning or preventing the IRA from speaking in the 90s, not to mention some of the cases of non-UK residents being held without trial, or the US holding people at Guantanamo, or "extraordinary renditions".

I'm not an apologist for India (even though I'm Indian by birth) - but I think the implied moral criticism of your post is unwarranted.

rajeev

Hi,

Nice blog!

Why don’t you consider writing about some of the new “India 2.0” sites that are creating a little buzz as well?

Eg: www.ilaaka.com

www.onyomo.com

Thanks!

Rajeev

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