Wednesday, July 19, 2006

OpiniPundit Banned in India (UPDATED)

Well it's not a fatwa but I suppose it will have to do.

Reader Patrix tells me that we have been banned in India for ostensibly spreading a doctrine of hate.

The DoT is of the opinion that some of these sites were being used by banned organisations to transmit messages to their colleagues. Blog entries cannot be tracked as easily as email. The sites that were asked to be blocked include hindunity.og and All ISPs do not seem to have implemented the ban uniformly, yet. Bloggers in India meanwhile complained that they were having problems accessing popular blogs on the Google owned blogspot. There are some 150 ISPs in India.

UPDATE: Well it's no joke and it's not a screwup, the Indian government is most definately pi$$ed. This from the Indian Express...... is dangerous

NEW DELHI, JULY 18: Clearly, the government has a lot to handle since the seven serial blasts in Mumbai last Tuesday. Banning America’s anti-Left website ExposingTheLeft.Blogspot.Com is a start.

Viewed through, a website that helps you bypass the official Indian ban (its home page invites you if your blog is blocked in India, Pakistan, Iran or China), ExposingTheLeft.Blogspot.Com makes only one reference to Mumbai, which is: ‘‘At least 131 killed in India train bombings: More humanitarian acts from the ‘Religion of Peace’.’’

This may be offensive and so could the rest of this website—but largely for anti-Bush voters in the United States as it tracks domestic politics, takes several swipes at Iran, applauds a court ruling against same-sex marriages, and slams the Hizbollah. It has little to do with what Comrade Prakash Karat was thinking about or doing on 7/11.

ExposingTheLeft’s editors are aware of India’s gag order and their new post is: “Well, it’s not a fatwa but I suppose it will have to do.’’

Kudo's to Pragya Singh the journalist who wrote this piece as it is, relatively speaking, both accurate and fair.

As for the Indian government and those responsible for this "ban" my suggestion would be re-evaluate your priorities as there must be 6,763,397 more important things to concern yourself with then silencing little ole me.

btw, Dr. Shackleford is now on the list.

Once again thanks to Patrix for filling me in.

Update II: More from the Australian and

ABC : Several of the blogs, like, contain conservative American commentaries on the Middle East and the "war on terror", of a kind unlikely to stand out from thousands of others on the Internet.


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