Monday, July 17, 2006

Blog ban in India!!

Do you remember your childhood?.. when people used to tell you what to do and what not to do.. You always thought that once you grew up, you wouldn't have to take orders from anyone. After growing up, you realize that you have to take orders from your boss... no matter how high you are, there is always someone higher than you. The mind wants to break free and wants to lead its own life. To stiffle this outrageous mind we have societies, we have government and we have rules. Their sole purpose is to stop the civilization from decaying. They are like the fence on the periphery of a steep cliff. The trouble arises when people start living by the fence, leaning on it and believing that fence is their nirvana.

This is what the current world we are living in is like. People are so scared of their government, yet so dependent on it, it's pathetic. It's like hiring a chef and then believing that you will die of hunger without the chef.

The reason of my rant is the current ban on blogs in India.
The preamble of Indian Constitution reads
We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic and to secure to all its citizens:
Justice, social, economic and political; Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
Equality of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all.
Fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation; in our constituent assembly this twenty-sixth of November, 1949, do hereby adopt, enact and give to ourselves this Constitution.
India has joined the "blog-blocking" group of China, Pakistan and Saudi-Arabia. The article was a frontpage article on today. BoingBoing reported this article today and provides ways to get around it. In a nutshell, the action was taken because the DoT believed that the terrorists were using blogs to communicate. I am surprised they did not ban telephone, cellular services, postal services, television and radio. I guess the Indian government finds porn sites to be more educative and more helpful to the society than blogs as it decided to ban blogs instead of porn site. By banning blogs, Indian government is not just blocking some websites but nipping the very form of expression, expression of beliefs,faith and liberty. So much for being the biggest democracy in the world. Many people are claiming that this is just a 48 hour operation and not a complete ban. I hope so too....


1 comment:

  1. completely agree with you!! so much for freedom of thought and expression!!