THIS REALLY PISSES ME OFF. THE FACT THAT I CHOSE TO TYPE IN CAPSLOCK PROBABLY HINTS MY CURRENT MOOD.
APPARENTLY, UNDER A DIRECTION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION (DoT), ACCESS TO ALL blogspot.com BLOGS (that includes this one) HAVE BEEN BLOCKED BY VARIOUS ISPS (INCLUDING MTNL) FROM ALL OVER INDIA. BASICALLY, THE GOVT HAS BLOCKED INDIANS FROM ACCESSING ALL *.blogspot.com ADDRESSES. (SOURCES SAY ALL GEOCITIES.COM SITES HAVE BEEN BLOCKED TOO) WHAT THE F*CK HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH? I DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE SEVEN RIGHTS WERE JUST SOME BULLSHIT HYPE! I MEAN BLOCKING ALL BLOGS? I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT SOMEBODY BANGS THE GOVT OFFICIAL WHO DID THIS ON THE HEAD, AND BRINGS HIM TO HIS SENSES SOON. Someone suggested that the govt took this brainless step as the Mumbai blast terrorists had used websites to communicate. That's probably as appropriate a step as cutting out the city's water supply under the alibi that the terrorists drunk tap water. Besides, what use is cutting out only blogspot and geocities ids; they'll just use some other site. And why all blogspot/typepad/geocities sites? That's not national security; that's National Stupidity. Quoting from Rediff's article linked below,
"Under the Information Technology Act, 2000, a body called the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN)...also oversees Internet censorship under a clause that seeks to ensure 'balanced flow of information.' ...sites may be blocked within the provisions of the Fundamental Right to free speech and expression, granted in India's Constitution," said cyber-law expert Praveen Dalal, adding, "If, however, the blocking is arbitrary, unreasonable and unfair, it would be in violation of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India."
I certainly believe the blocking is arbitrary, unreasonable and unfair, to say the least.
MEANWHILE, IF YOU ARE IN
AFTER THE BLOCK PLACED ON INDIAN BLOGS, THERE'S BEEN A SUDDEN SOAR OF TRAFFIC TO PKBLOGS, RESULTING IN PKBLOGS SLOWING DOWN SOMETIMES. IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCESS A BLOG VIA PK BLOGS, ACCESS THE BLOGS BY GOING TO EITHER ninjaproxy.com OR hidemyass.com AND THEN TYPING THE ENTIRE OLD ADDRESS THERE
For more info,
2) Try visiting the google group BloggersCollective where this problem is being discussed here: http://groups.google.com/group/BloggersCollective?lnk=oa
3) Read a detailed article with useful links, like the lists of blocked domains and the ISPs that seem to have blocked them: http://www.withinandwithout.com/?p=854