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The Government has NOT rescinded the ban on the 17 websites. Infact they are planning to add 3 more. These websites cannot be termed to have been used by terrorists by any stretch of imagination. half of them are dead links. The rest are American conservative and Indian Right wing websites. The intentions of this government is becoming clear they want to stiffle criticism of their incompetence. Whatever may be our personal political beliefs we must make sure that this government removes its ban order on every website. else they might just start getting into the habit of banning individual websites one by one whenever they see something they don't want to see. Time to stand together and not consider even one of their ridiculous claims. UPA, Repeal the ban and do it now. India is a Free, Democratic country and Free speech is sacrosanct. Apollo

""they will ban water for the "terrorists" use it. they will cancel trains to stop terrorists from taking tickets. they will shoot their brains out to clear the hide outs! (and they will proclaim themselves Patriots! fools!)"" Renjith.K.R

സ്വപ്നം കാണാതിരിക്കാന്‍ ഉറക്കം നിരോധിച്ച എല്ലാ രാജാക്കന്മാര്‍ക്കും സ്തുതി. ഉറങ്ങാതിരിക്കാന്‍ ഇരുട്ടു നിരോധിച്ചവര്‍ക്ക്‌.. സ്തുതിവചനങ്ങള്‍ മാത്രം കേള്‍ക്കാന്‍ വിധിക്കപ്പെട്ടവര്‍ക്ക്‌ സ്തുതി. ഭൂമിയിലെ എല്ല്ലാ രാജാക്കന്മാര്‍ക്കും സ്തുതി. നിങ്ങള്‍ എക്കാലവും ഇങ്ങനെയൊക്കെത്തന്നെ ആയിരിക്കുന്നതിന്‌. നിങ്ങള്‍ നീണാല്‍ വാഴുന്നതിന്‌. ജനാധിപത്യ ഇന്ത്യ കാത്തു സൂക്ഷിക്കാന്‍ പാടുപെടുന്ന എല്ലാ രാജകിങ്കരന്മാര്‍ക്കും സ്തുതി. വിഢികളുടെ സ്വര്‍ഗത്തിലെ അപ്പോസ്തലന്മാര്‍ക്ക്‌ സ്തോത്രം. വരും കാലം തീര്‍ച്ചയായും നിങ്ങളുടേതായിരിക്കില്ല. അതുകൊണ്ട്‌ ഈ സ്തുതികള്‍ നിങ്ങള്‍ക്കായിരിക്കട്ടെ. ഈന്തപ്പന

Haiku on the blogspot block here

"Goddamnit, can't the Indian government even indulge in some freedom-abuse and dictatorial authoritarianism without skewering its dignity in the process? How can one trust a government to pursue and catch the perpetrators of the Mumbai bomb blasts when it can't even bring its ludicrously wrong-headed policies to a successful conclusion? It's like the neighbourhood peeping Tom who climbs the wrong tree in front of the wrong house and spends the night trying to peep into the wrong window. Shit, this government sickens and embarasses me with its ineptitude." The Renegade of Junk

They also use telephones (to communicate) dont they? Will they put a ban on telephones also then? Atlantean

Why doesnt the Government show any common sense by asking the parent companies behind Blogger, Typepad and Geocities (Google, sixapart and Yahoo) directly and have those objectionable sites removed - instead they end up banning the whole domain, displaying their so called expert technological knowledge. - Supremus

I asked a few people who are from India and were available on Google chat that if they were facing the same problem? People in India that I contacted are facing it. Now I know I am speculating but it makes me very very irritated to think that our government might be playing some hanky panky with blog sites? The other possibility is that Blogger messed it up only in India? I would love it if it is the second possibility but I think there is a very slim chance of that. I can only hope that there is an innocent explanation to it. Mridula

The dilemma is simple: How far can you stretch the right to express your opinions? Shrikant Joshi

If dissuading the terrorists was the idea, why not an the Indian Blogs like Rediff Blogs, Sify Blogs, O3 etc? Or for that matter, the other communication platforms on the internet like discussion threads, groups, e-mails, Messengers, online Games (where chat is also possible). But then, wouldn't that mean shutting down the whole Internet for the Indians? Jamshed V Rajan

Now the govt wants us so-called-internet-policing guys to look into the matter. They must be crazy! I didn't even know what a blog is, forget shutting them down. I mean If I were that smart my name would be on that slashcomma or slashdot thing what ever it be. - maxdavinci

"Censorship gives rise to subtly subversive communication which eventually becomes a weapon against the government. The history of dictatorships shows how censoring systems provoked their own reversal." - Zzeblog]

Turn off Water? It seems that some blogs are being used by some terror units (read SIMI) to communicate and in other news, The Indian Government has decided to turn off the water supply as it has been reported that the terrorists drink water. - Comment on Jace's blog

Without an emergency, if the Government can behave in this arbitrary manner then what will happen when we get emergency, terrorists are taking away the right to feel safe and government the right to say what i want to say!!!- Nandini

From the world's largest democracy to the world's largest media gag...all in one go. - H3lios

Worlds largest democracy be damned; if we can't allow free speech, we're not worth the ink used on our fingers. - Varun

Govt’s need to understand that any kind of censorship will not work on internet. The online community will overcome any ban with the help of social technologies - Anivar Aravind

What do u think u can do For those guys who think they can block people from expressing the disgust they feel deep down in their gut when they realise that this country is going to the dogs because of some horrendous and stupid decision makers who are more influenced by the lure of personal gain than by anything else, i would say carry on. Block Google. And block blogger. And block the newspapers. The good thing that is coming out of all this is that the resolve to rebel is only getting stronger. And i'm not the only one feeling this way. - Jason

You know what really scares me? Some bureacrat learnt that terror groups are using blogs to communicate. Instead of deciding to read those blogs to find out what they are upto, he decides to ban them. I am shit-scared that my country's security is in that guy's hands. - Ravi Kiran

Some people are speculating the blogspot Ban is connected with recent Mumbai blast . This is Ironic, it like locking good people inside their houses because they cant control the bad people out there!- Amit Dixit

Now I know you are not going to believe this, so I'm going to quote what she (customer service executive) said, "This operation is limited to certain parts of India. Bloggers in Andaman, Nicobar and Lakhsadeep islands are not affected." I thought she was joking but I didn't hear the reciprocal laughter from the other end of the phone line. - Jacob

I bet you (professional bloggers) have a case for legal action if a blanket ban was issued in place of blocking few sites. Loss of revenue as one reason comes to mind. - Patrix

Phishing?? I use Airtel in Bangalore ..and I was helpfully informed that has been blocked by Airtel itself. I ask why - and apparently it's because they have done so to stop "phishing activities". Is it just really insanely possible that blogspot has been blocked for the same reason? I cannot imagine anyone phishing from blogspot, bu

India not ready for Web 2.0 community websites? This increases my fear that the Indian government doesnt understand the community websites and web2.0 at all! This is the same knee jerk reaction that probably caused the arrest of Baazee/eBay India CEO Avnish Bajaj for a porno MMS sold by someone on eBay/Baazee! Community content is a concept novel to the Indian market still?? - Mihir

In three years neither CERT-IN, nor DoT, nor ISPs have learnt any lessons. In a country which is massively expanding e-governance, internet security is in the hands of such morons.Shivam

Google exploring legal options. Google is apparently examining their legal options regarding the blanket ban on blogspot. And the ISPs and bloggers have no (significant) legal standing to challenge this. Dilettante

Civil rights. Get this, folks. This isn’t about censoring bloggers. This is about curtailment of civil rights of all internet users. That is what we should be fighting against. Jace

The Cardinal Law. "Let a thousand criminals go scot-free but not a single innocent should get punished." Or so it went till July 16, 2006 (apologies for the distorted quote). Did someone append 'except in the blogging world' to that?Angshuman

One wishes that this kind of alacrity and adeptness had been displayed in arresting terrorists and their nefarious activities, this past decade or more. Thousands upon thousands of innocent lives would have been saved. The humiliating juncture of having to curb/stifle the voices of well meaning citizens would not have arisen! kaveetaa

This is not a communist china, autocratic pakistan or theocratic iran. We are a democracy, India. Please remember that. Freedom is our birth right, just like patriotism is our duty towards our country. Tapan Shah

Well freedom is my birthright and im having it cause i am bloging and upa cant stop me... first of all the ban isnt meant to block terrorists but to block pro hindu webites and anti family blogs that embaress the govts shoddy and dubious war on terror and their hollow claims of combating terrorism.They havent banned the website of Lashkar e Toeba s parent. is still up and running and so are the hundreds of others that fan the flames of radical islam. for starters use any online proxyserver to bypass it Netsuffering

Quite Incredible. Despite many suspicions otherwise, I mainly thought I lived in a bloomin' democracy. I never expected 'Hindi-Chini Bhai-Bhai' to become an actual reality to this extent. Sonal Panse

ISPs are guilty of technical incompetence and should be tackled by their consumers. The 'evil state' is guilty of a far more serious crime of trying to match China and other authoritarian states and should be tackled by all citizens. Patrix

The Blogspot Blogs Ban seems to be over. I can access all blogs except those on the ban list.Apollo

It is quite annoying to find that Yahoo Geocities sites are also blocked. Bapuli

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