I thrills me to death that my little
blog on line journal has been noticed by the wonderfully tolerant government of India. And been banned! Woo-hoo!
I was wondering where some traffic from the Wall Street Journal was coming from. One article you have to pay for (if anyone has access and can let me know, please), but, another that was put up today, is in the freebie section:
India's Internet regulators have started blocking several Web sites in a move that borrows a page from China, where government censors heavily restrict the flow of online information.
India's Department of Telecommunications sent an order late last week to Internet-service providers to block several Web sites, according to a department spokesman. The spokesman, Rajesh Malhotra, declined to disclose the contents of the letter or discuss the order, saying it was a "confidential exchange of information between the department and the operators."
Several telecom operators confirmed there were more than 15 sites they were directed to block. Close to a third of the sites were home to blogs, the personalized Web logs that have become popular in India, just as they have in other parts of the world. Among the Web sites blocked are parts of Blogger and GeoCities. Included on a list seen by The Wall Street Journal are sites that showcase views of an Islamic holy man, conservative Hindus, and Dalits, the low caste in India pejoratively referred to as untouchables.
Sweet!!!!!!! Among the other sites blocker is The Jawa Report. Fantastic company I'm part of!
Anyhow, it is rather strange to be blocked, considering that I have never posted anything anti-India or Hindu. Lots of anti-Muslim stuff, though, like this and this, and lots of other things that would upset a Muslim. They're so touchy, you would think they were Progressives
Traderrob at OpiniPundit expounds on being banned. Lucky bastich got mentioned by name.
Merri at Merri Musings has some choice words for those that banned her old Typepad address.
According to the CIA World Fact Book, the population of India is only 13.4% Muslim. Well, as Kosbat says, screw 'em (the Indian gov't and the Muslim population, not the other people of India.)