INDIA IS A TOTALITARIAN REGIME!
Posted by Ergo on July 18, 2006
Only a few minutes ago, I found out via this Indian blogger about the news that INDIA HAS BANNED BLOGS HOSTED ON BLOGGER, BLOGSPOT, TYPEPAD, and GEOCITIES!
Earlier in the week, I emailed Jason asking him if the blogger platform was down–as blogger is known to be frequently down. However, he replied saying that nothing was wrong on his end, and that he was able to access his own and others’ blogspot accounts. Jason also added a comment, that now in hindsight is freakin omninous! He wondered if the Indian government had deliberately shut down the access to these blogs.
I mentally dismissed that idea. India, afterall, is the world’s largest democracy! Hardly the kind of government you would expect to be getting all paranoid over democractic opinions on the internet. PAH! How wrong I was!
INDIA IS A TOTALITARIAN REGIME! IT IS CURRENTLY IN VIOLATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH!
Read all about this highly offensive story:
[O]n July 15, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had sent ISPs a list of sites to be blocked. R H Sharma, senior engineer with MTNL, said the list ran into some 22 pages.
Read more on fellow blogger responses here. Incidentally, WordPress has escaped the invasive eyes of the Indian government. Also, some private Indian ISP providers are still allowing access to some sites. However, it seems like only a matter of time before things get worse in this totalitarian country.
According to Mutiny, “there is no ban in place”, rather it is the Indian Government instructing ISP’s to “control” access to a list of sites…
hmmm… “control access”… that, in one word, is censorship! I can’t fathom how blind Mutiny has to be to not see this for what it is–a blatant violation of our rights! We have lost our freedom to SPEAK!
Daniel left an apt comment in response to Mutiny’s post. He said:
and in other news, The Indian Government has decided to turn off the water supply as it has been reported that the terrorists use water to live
Its always good to see that any government has intelligent people making all the decisions.
Apparently, it’s a move on the part of the government to crack down on terrorists who are communicating through these blogs. Well, this is news to me! I had no clue that Innommable, John Enright, Jason Hughes, Tyrel, and other blogspot bloggers are in fact terrorists. You guys, I thought we were pretty open with each other!
Some bloggers agree with Mutiny that it is “mature” to let the government tell you to shut up for a while. Mutiny says:
There is no freedom is speech issue here. This is just a temp security measure. Let’s show some maturity.
They are forgetting something so crucial: this is exactly what the terrorists want of us: to cripple our country, take away our freedoms, and constrict us with fear. If we give up our freedom of speech today in exchange for a “temp security measure”, what more will be demanded of us tomorrow?! The terrorists want you to believe that you can either live fearfully under the siege of your own government, or you can live free lives that are open and susceptible to their attacks. But No! This dichotomy is false! We need not sacrifice our freedoms for greater security! In fact, what we need to fight for, and demand, is GREATER SECURITY FOR PRESERVING ALL THE FREEDOMS WE HAVE–AND SHOULD HAVE!
The terrorists are winning, and people like Mutiny are conceding defeat without a whimper of protest. Disgusting.
Here is a link to my Letter of Protest that I sent to the Editor of Mumbai Mirror, sharply denouncing the governments infringement on our rights to free speech.
As I mentioned earlier, things have only worsened. Now, ALL private ISP’s have also obliged the government and banned access to certain domain sites, including blogger, blogspot, typepad, geocities, and maybe more. I posted again on the irrational and non-sensical censorship strategy that the Indian government is implementing in its “fight” against the terrorists.
In order to circumvent the government ban, I have made an open announcement to my blogger companions (especially those on my blogroll).