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  • Indian ISPs ban blogspot, geocities, and typepad

    by Sunny
    17th July, 2006 at 12:40 pm    

    This is absurd. Several Indian bloggers including Neha, DesiPundit and Amit are reporting that an increasing number of Indian ISPs have suddenly started banning the above mentioned domains and websites.

    Remember, this is in addition to bans in place in Pakistan too. What the hell is wrong with the Indian government?

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    1. GagWatch » Indian ISPs banning bloggers

      [...] Several Indian bloggers (via) are reporting that an increasing number of Indian ISPs have suddenly started blocking access to Blogspot, Geocities, and Typepad domains. Posted by Paul in India (July 17, 2006 at 6:19 pm) [...]

    1. Vikrant — on 17th July, 2006 at 1:06 pm  

      I’m on regular BSNL broadband… having absolutely no problems accessing Blogspot, Geocities or typepad.

    2. Vikrant — on 17th July, 2006 at 1:12 pm  

      imho they probably wanted to ban particular blogs but ended up blocking all the sites… part of wider campaign by UPA to reign in on media. UPA govt. especially Arjun Singh isnt happy with the anti-reservation campaign being materminded by Indian bloggers.

    3. sonia — on 17th July, 2006 at 1:13 pm  


    4. sonia — on 17th July, 2006 at 1:14 pm  

      Obviously the blogosphere is becoming too powerful! move over to wordpress everyone. i’ve noticed that most people in the indian blogosphere seem to be on Blogspot.

    5. Leon — on 17th July, 2006 at 3:21 pm  

      Bad news but it’s time they all moved to WordPress anyway…

    6. Bulleyah — on 17th July, 2006 at 5:11 pm  

      Also see:

    7. Tanvir — on 17th July, 2006 at 6:39 pm  

      GagWatch >> Just about the most significant events in world politics brushed under the carpet by pro-Israeli professional blogger

    8. Sunny — on 17th July, 2006 at 7:08 pm  

      Tanvir - Is that a statement or a form of an insult? So GagWatch might be pro-Israeli in a way I guess we could say you’re Pro-Palestinian. And?

    9. Tanvir — on 17th July, 2006 at 8:03 pm  

      Was being a parody of GagWatch myself, referring to your decision to not cover the Israel-Lebanon issue in PP. Definitely not an insult, more of my cheeky digs that work so well at getting a stressed response from you. Was sitting in my lounge at the time with sky news on and just browsing PP when I witnessed my younger bro managing to get my little sister go berserk.Anyway you managed to duck the shot (pretend it wasn’t even there) and then got up and asked me to repeat myself!!

    10. Tanvir — on 17th July, 2006 at 8:04 pm  

      sorry man thought it didnt post first time!

    11. Sunny — on 17th July, 2006 at 8:45 pm  

      Erm, ok. Well I already tried covering Israel/Leb and then realised it’d be a waste of time and explaind my reasons why.

    12. Vikrant — on 18th July, 2006 at 10:54 am  

      Oh shit now even BSNL is blocking blogspot. But most importantly they’ve blocked by favorite porn site :( . Cant wait to get back home.

    13. Vikrant — on 18th July, 2006 at 10:55 am  

      btw i sincerely hope they DO ban Sepia Mutiny… i’d say that would be a good riddance for Indians!

    14. sonia — on 18th July, 2006 at 11:36 am  

      Yes time for a WordPress revolution. Blogspot was crap anyway. not that it excuses the behaviour of the govt. but then what can you expect - they’d obviously take a leaf out of Dubya’s book and use terrorism as a good excuse to crack down on civil liberties..

    15. Vikrant — on 18th July, 2006 at 12:42 pm  

      sonia… shhh… lest the Babus in Delhi ban Vik’s Rants

    16. Vikrant — on 18th July, 2006 at 12:43 pm  

      All Indian citizens here do print this and send this to Delhi:

      To: Shri B.B.Bahl,
      Joint Director and PIO (RTI)
      Office of PIO (RTI)
      Room No 1016, Electronics Niketan
      Department of Information Technology (DIT)
      Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
      6, CGO Complex, New Delhi

      Sub: Information regarding the blocking of internet website domains

      Dear Sir,
      It has come to my attention that I, along with several other internet users across the country, have been unable to access the following websites:

      As well as the following sub-domains:

      On asking the relevant ISPs, their users were told that these websites have been blocked under a directive of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India.

      I would like to use the Right To Information Act to ascertain the following:

      1. Has there been any such directive issued by the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology?
      2. If so, why has this ban come into force?
      3. Why have these particular domain names been specifically banned?
      4. When will this ban cease to exist?
      5. If no such directive has been issued, why are these websites being blocked?
      6. Who is responsible for ensuring that Indian citizens have the freedom to access these websites?
      7. What form of redressal does an Indian citizen have to ensure that these websites are no longer blocked?

      I must emphasize here that these websites, are used by thousands of ordinary Indian citizens to express their views, thoughts and ideas. Indian Citizens have the right to express their views freely, and have an unhindered exchange of thoughts and ideas.

      Blocking these websites universally and not allowing Indian Citizens to read any of them is tantamount to hindering the freedom of expression of those thousands of ordinary Indian citizens.

      I request you to kindly look into this matter. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

      Yours Sincerely,

    17. Vikrant — on 18th July, 2006 at 12:44 pm are mounting an RTI suit against GoI.

    18. SastaRasta — on 18th July, 2006 at 2:54 pm  

      When people start using WordPress, it’ll also go the way of blogger. I’m running out of cusswords here. My poor blog gets a few hits a month and now the government wants to take that away too! I need to ask my international readers to show their support and click on those AdSense links while they’re at it.

    19. IC — on 19th July, 2006 at 5:22 am  

      The Indian government is composed of some very evil-minded communists, who take it as their birthright to throttle everyone’s freedom of speech. Now that they have successfully banned blogs in India, these communists will be targeting the mainstream media next. I hear that a new law to throttle the TV channels is about to be presented for approval to the parliament.

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