They all failed at spelling


by Sunny
20th July, 2006 at 1:37 am    

Indian kids in America are quite known for their spelling powess, as over-representation on national contests has frequently proved. But clearly that talent does not extend to bureaucrats back in India. You thought Big Bhaiya was funny, get a load of this.

After banning the blogspot domain and others last week they have apparently clarified which websites they are after. Read this article, and then read Gawker’s take on their complete and hilarious incompetence.
(please don’t ban us)
Update: More hilarity and domain names.


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  1. Rohin — on 20th July, 2006 at 12:38 am  

    Does anyone else find it curious that the sites which we know were to be banned (with misspellings accounted for) were pretty much all right wing pro-Bush pro-Hindutva anti-Muslim sites? I know the govt are saying the ban is not related to the bombs, but it seems like they are. Yet no fundamentalist Muslim sites are named. Where did this banned list come from?

    Pretty funny goofs though. Those few blogs will see their traffic sky rocket!

  2. xyz — on 20th July, 2006 at 2:13 am  

    “Does anyone else find it curious that the sites which we know were to be banned (with misspellings accounted for) were pretty much all right wing pro-Bush pro-Hindutva anti-Muslim sites? I know the govt are saying the ban is not related to the bombs, but it seems like they are. Yet no fundamentalist Muslim sites are named. Where did this banned list come from?”

    One theory is that this government was not seeking to fight terrorism by blocking blogs, but seeking to stifle criticism of its inaction and criticism of it in general by various sites (not all rightwing Hindu ones). So while they ban rightwing Hindu sites, government ministers like Mulayam Singh Yadav go out of their way to give clean chits to SIMI, going so far as to call it a secular organization, and others try to pin the blame for the Mumbai bombings on Hindu groups even though other ministers shot them down in a Cabinet meeting. Who cares about bombs when there’s a votebank to mollycoddle. India’s security is in good hands. What a joke.

  3. raz — on 20th July, 2006 at 2:31 am  

    Looks like India’s pathetic attempts to blame Pakistan have turned into a massive humiliation. Maybe this is a reason for their bumbling IT efforts.

    Daily Pioneer

    11/7 blasts: Ticked off by United States, chastened Prime Minister talks of peace —- More than a week since terror ripped Mumbai apart, India’s inability to produce concrete evidence against Pakistan has rendered its attempts to trap the usual suspect rather feeble. While Pakistan is widely accepted as the fountainhead of terror in the subcontinent, India has been roundly ticked off by the US for not gathering enough proof against its neighbour on the Mumbai blasts.

    That Islamabad has been the gainer in this round is evident in the unequivocal praise heaped on Pakistan by the Americans for its fight against terror. This, along with a rather general “condemnation” from the G-8, instead of a decisive rap on Pakistan’s knuckles, has fed the impression that India’s may be a case of cry wolf after all.

    Islamabad has turned the occasion to its diplomatic advantage to impress upon the international community that Pakistan is a bogey raised by the Indian leadership to cover up the failure of its security agencies to nab the real home-grown terrorists residing in the very heart of Mumbai.

    A chastened Manmohan Singh on his return from St Petersburg on Tuesday, therefore, said, “I have always believed the destiny of the people of South Asia are closely inter-linked,” and that “Both our countries need peace and stability.”

    This is a significant humbling since the Prime Minister’s public posturing in Mumbai last Friday, where, in a rather delayed reaction, he had warned Pakistan that “If the acts of terrorism are not controlled, it is exceedingly difficult for any Government to carry forward what may be called as normalisation and peace process.” He had also said, “We are certain that these terror modules are instigated, inspired and supported by elements across the border.”

    Clearly, Manmohan Singh found no takers for this at the G-8 summit. Expressing mere “outrage” at the July 11 attack, the G-8 registered its “solidarity with the Government and the people of India,” and conveyed its “deepest condolences to the victims and their families.”

    India’s hopes of getting the G-8 to condemn Pakistan were roundly dashed when the influential world grouping simply indicated its determination to “continue the fight against terrorism by all legitimate means.” While the statement did promise to bring the “perpetrators, organisers, sponsors” to book, the silence on Pakistan was stunning. Eventually the G-8 leaders only threw in their lot with India because “terrorism … constitutes a threat to each of our country, as well as to international peace and security.”

    Meanwhile, in a stern rebuff, a middle-level officer in the Bush Administration suggested India should rely on hard evidence before pointing fingers. “I know there’s a lot of speculation out there now…. But I think we need to be led by the evidence before we start trying to draw conclusions and make policy pronouncements on it,” US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher said. He warned that this will be the “attitude of others as well.”

    Negating India’s claim as a Pak-sponsored terror victim, Boucher said, “The terrorists that we’re fighting against have been fighting against Afghanistan, been fighting against Pakistan, been fighting against the US, been fighting against Europeans, and maybe some of them fighting against India, as well.” What India really needs to take note of is Boucher’s conclusion: “No country has done more to fight Al Qaeda or has lost more people in doing so than Pakistan.”

    Gloating over this commendation, Pakistan Foreign Minister Mahmud Kasuri said, “The US, European Union and other leading countries are not so stupid as to pay public compliments if they think Pakistan is actually running (terrorist) training camps albeit not for Afghanistan but Kashmir, because in the ultimate analysis, it all gets linked.”

    Kasuri charged that, “The unequivocal condemnation means (India) just wanted an excuse to link something to Pakistan, they wanted a peg to hang their coat on. Only a very ingenious lawyer would put that sort of interpretation.”

    Lack of proof against Pakistan in the Mumbai case has therefore left the Prime Minister with weak formulations phrases like the dialogue process has “suffered,” and that we should “reflect on our relations with Pakistan.”

  4. Ravi Naik — on 20th July, 2006 at 9:44 am  

    If India has no proof that Pakistan was involved in it, then it can’t make accusations or even expect the G8 to parrot them. And it’s quite unreasonable to assume that the little dictator was behind the attacks.

    However, the reason the little dictator is fighting terrorism in its own soil is because Pakistan for too long gave the blind eye to terrorism which allowed Al Qaeda and other islamist organizations to operate within. So to claim that no country has done more to fight Al Qaeda is really a deceiving remark, taking into account that Pakistan’s anti-terrorism effort only started after 9/11 and then after 7/7 attacks given pressure from the US and UK.

    However, I must say I am quite relieved that India – despite showing why it is still a backward country in a lot of aspects – is not following the paths of China and Pakistan in relation to freedom of speech. That would be the ultimate humiliation in my view.

  5. Rohin — on 20th July, 2006 at 12:19 pm  

    On further thinking – perhaps they also wanted to block Hindutva-type sites to prevent popular websites provoking a backlash against Muslims.

  6. Zak — on 20th July, 2006 at 2:13 pm  

    The spelling test, reminds me of a regular event in Pakistan. When the UN is recruiting police for UN missions, Pakistani police officers always seem to fail the driving tests!

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