Blogger blocked by some ISPs in India?

More on this at the Bloggers Collective Google Group.

Some links
Protests by Bloggers, List of ISPs that seem to have blocked blogger

I see that a lot of people are getting here by googling for some variation of “How I can see my blogspot” – This is – how you can bypass the block.

Note – Updates are being added towards the end of the post. Please keep checking. I am including some government contacts in Update 10. Please contact them and ask them to release an official list of those sites that are on the list of blocked sites, or ask them if they would prefer a Right to Information application. Shivam posts on his experience – calling up a government official. For the lastest phone numbers of the powers be that in the Government please access them here.

Is Blogspot.com being blocked by one or two of the Indian ISPs? (I don’t want to cry wolf – but it appears to be a possibility.) Here’s a list of all (not sure) the ISPs in India.

From Mridula, who alerted me to her post.

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.

It’s completely possible that there is an explanation for this. Some local servers may be down. (Do they have local servers?) Blogger doesn’t hint at any status change. It may not be a cause for alarm. But I am concerned nevertheless. If you are on MTNL or Specranet in India, could you please let me know if blogspot.com has been blocked? In fact if you’re in India, can you please just let me know if you can access these sites? Thanks.

Update 1 – Dina (Bombay) confirms that she can access only her dashboard on Blogger. She even managed to post to a blog. However she cannot access Blogspot. She’s on Reliance Powersufer. Aparna (Calcutta) who is on BSNL can access both the sites.

Update 2 – Over IM, Mridula (Delhi) confirms that her ISP’s call centre stated that they have received a letter from the Government, hinting that it has something to do with the block. Dina called up her ISP’s call centre and they confirm that there is no blocking or filtering at their end.

Update 3 – Anupa on Sify.net and Rit on Airtel can access. Monica on Tata Indicom confirms that she can post and access Blogspot.com.

Update 4 – See comments for the list of ISPs that allow access or not. There is also another way to be sure about what is being blocked by your ISP. Angelo writes

Could you please paste your traceroutes in here for mumbaihelp.blogspot.com and for blogspot.com as well, thank you.
1) Go to Start
2) Click on Run
3) Type in: tracert blogspot.com
4) You should see something like:
Tracing route to blogspot.com [66.102.15.100]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

5) Right click in the window, select all, and paste it in here as a comment.. then we could figure out where exactly the block is taking place at.

Note – Indian blogs are not being blocked. So you can access blogs on any other platform. It’s the domain blogspot.com that is being blocked.

If you are not able to access blogspot blogs, there could be other reasons. You may be having a problem with your connection or it could be a temporary issue. (Remember blogger goes down frequently.)

One way to be really sure is to go to http://pkblogs.com or via proxy (http://www.hidemyass.com/), and see if you can access.

Update 5 – In case you feel like asking Spectranet why exactly one cannot access Blogspot on their service – call +91 – (0)11 – 41612277.

Update 6 Dina informs us that both Typepad.com and Blogspot.com domains appear to be inaccessible. Mridula confirms the same. Abi has called up the Spectranet call centre and receives a similar response to the one Mridula heard. Angelo got in touch with someone at Blogger.com, and there appears to have been no maintenance over the last few days that should affect access to blogspot blogs.

Update 7 – Some bloggers have written more about this. Amit at Digital Inspiration has a comprehensive post on the issue including ways to circumvent the block and Saket at Vulturo on India doing a Big Brother.

Update 8Peter has set up a wiki here – IF you cannot access blogspot domain (despite your connection being robust etc.) please go here and add details regarding your ISP and their contact details. Thanks also for publishing your tracert details here. They have been forwarded to someone at Blogger is looking into what the issue is.

Update 9 Shivam has been doing some great work by calling up various people who need to be nudged. Here’s a link to his email on the group – Bloggers Collective.

Update 10 – The following people are a good place to get started off to get through the Indian Government Maze. One person who is accountable to you is Dr. Gulshan Rai (Exec Director). His phone numbers as listed by the government website are (Office: 91 -11-24363081), (Residence: 91-11-22323085) and his email is grai@eis.ernet.in

More phone numbers for the Department of IT can be found here.

If you want to seek information under the Right to Information, Shri BB Bahl is the Public Information Officer for Department of IT. Here is a very comprehensive guide to finding out more about blogs through the Right to Information Act. It even has a draft letter that you can send off.

Update 11 – Geocities also blocked? Mridula has a screenshot. Amit confirms that Airtel is blocking Blogspot.com and Geocities.com. Sify might have joined the bandwagon too.

Update 12 – List of ISPs that are blocking Blogspot.com. Some of them are also blocking Typepad.com and Geocities.com

Spectranet, MTNL, Airtel, Sify, Reliance Powersurfer, Exatt, Swiftmail, Incable, BSNL, VSNL and 7 Star Cable Service (which AFIK – has been bought over by VSNL).

Update 13 Rediff has an article about this. BoingBoing makes a note of it. Chacko at the The Great Indian Mutiny gets a different story from his sources.

There is a crack down in place. IP numbers are being physically located and identified. All should come back to normal once this operation is over. There is no ban in place. Livejournal and WordPress have been spared. No reason given.

Now I know you are not going to believe this, so I’m going to quote what she 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.

I didn’t believe that and laughed for a full five minutes.

Update 14 – I am being superstitious. I didn’t want to stop at 13 updates. Oh well.

There is something so surprising about this act of censorship that I think we took a little time to react to it. In a sense I was as much part of the Pakistani group of bloggers who were reacting to a similar block, and at that time I think there was this sense that a government that isn’t voted in is not exactly going to respect online freedom. However, in the case of India there is a sense of “But we’re a democratic country.”

I am rabidly anti-censorship. Ultimately it’s about boundaries. If someone runs a hatespeech website, it is well within their right to. The minute they urge you to act on that hate – they infringe upon another’s rights. I know the lines are hard to draw. But any war against censorship cannot be partial. You cannot want censorship for one sort of content and ask for a no-glance policy on the other. Because to even make that distinction you will have to judge content, and assign values to it.

Coming to the issue of technology being used by terrorists. Now, technology has always been a cat and mouse game – with the identities of the cat and mouse being switched between the entities. The way to overcome the use of technology to harm XYZ’s interests is not to block the technology itself, but to use a higher variant of the technology to protect XYZ’s interests.

How you sell the sorrow of a block is an entirely different matter. You cannot tell a government that every point of view, as long as it doesn’t infringe upon someone else’s rights is legitimate. If on a website it says ABE is a community of idiots, it might provoke Ms. Spitter to go out and spit on ABE. If you’re ABE, the one who wronged you is not the website – but Ms. Spitter. (Again fine lines – provocation etc. I know.)

Tomorrow will the government decide that terrorists travel by cars, and therefore all petrol pumps must be shut? Or wait, you must show an Identity Card everytime you buy petrol? I remember linking to Anand’s post on how one of the direct fallouts of terrorism is the loss of individual liberty. That post was prophetic.

Update 15 – It’s still not clear if the government wanted a few blogspot blogs blocked (more likely) or wanted a blanket block. I’ve got a few mails about how http://pkblogs.com isn’t working right now. Interestingly it still works extremely well for me. Isn’t it wonderful how a gateway to circumvent censorship in Pakistan is being used by people in other countries? (Tsk. Especially India?)

Don’t lose heart though. There are other ways to read these blogs.

Another rant – but has anyone noticed how when India and China are compared by the bulging list of consultancies and Ibanks, it’s ultimately India’s context of democracy that is quoted as the tipping factor in the scales? One of the most obvious indicators these days is how much of the internet is censored. In a sense, it is a measurement of a country’s freedom of expression. (Or till recently, the country’s inability to handle matters of technology in some cases.)

Even if online censorship is no real indicator of freedom of expression, it is an easy one. It will be used by those who prefer investing in China. Because it speaks volumes about the sort of liberal values a country stands for. (Like I said – it could be misrepresentative. But whatever.) Never mind the fact that India can have free and fair elections. In the end, the venture capitalists maybe taking a very close look at what the IT policy of a country says about the country’s aspirations for its citizens, international relations and its economic future.

Update 16 Because we all need a good laugh. Seriously!

Update 17 – I’ve done a post at Global Voices on the issue. Jason Goldman at Blogger Buzz who assured me today morning that there was no maintenance work going on at Blogspot, acknowledges the problem. Quite a few international bloggers have picked up the news. A good list of links available at DesiPundit.

Update 18 Kiran makes some excellent points about moving forward. He puts together an action plan on what can be done. At this point, I suppose it’s about being able identify immediate and strategic needs.

At a more immediate level, we need to ensure that bloggers in India are able to circumvent the block, not just using temporary means, but get more comfortable using tools that work on both protecting a person’s privacy, and sidestepping the government’s foolishness. In simple terms – online outreach.

The other immediate task is to ping the Govenrment with whatever resources we have at hand, and question this act of censorship.

I’ve heard in some circles that this is not being seen as censorship. Since I don’t feel like linking to an mp3 of a wakeup call let me write this in caps – this is CENSORSHIP. If this isn’t censorship, I don’t know what it is. Please lets not fool ourselves into believing that the governemnt has done this for our benefit. When people burn entire libraries down, it’s not becasue of the content, but the “possibility of content”. Because they fear being criticized.

More strategic needs – looking at Censorship as a whole. We’ve become relatively complacent in India. About how there is no censorship. Or that the state is at the most the eater of Bribes. Our mai-baap relationship with the Government ensures that we never really enter a more accountable relationship with the State. Irrespective of the content, censorship is indicative of fear. And of insulting citizens. That people cannot determine what is good for them.

If one really does propose that terrorists use blogs to communicate, it smells like crap. If they use such a public forum – monitor the forum for God’s sake. Keep an eye on it. The government can keep an eye on anything that is in the public domain. At this point, it is vital to find partners within India and outside who are working on issues of censorship. This is NOT about blocking a few sites. It is about the state telling you what to read, and what to think. It’s one of your fundamental rights. If you are not keen on protecting this one, chances are the state will assume you are not too keen on others either.

So, regardless of whether you are a blogger yourself. Regardless of whether you can blog through proxifiers, or access blogs by hopping over IPs. You may personally dislike blogs because you think it’s a waste of time. You may be of the opinion that people should go find a job instead of blogging. Regardless of all that – censorship is an issue because it is a matter of your fundamental right.

Update 19 – Mainstream Media/ Press coverage here.

ndtv_1.jpgUpdate 20 – You know what really worries me? When I see stuff like this. A poll on NDTV that asks if the block is justified or not. One third respodents appear to have said “Yes”. What is even more worrisome? The poll results will be used repeatedly on air today as a barometer of what “people want”.

Gentle Readers – Please do go and make amends.

Update 21 – It’s great to see mainstream media pick up the issue up. But for God’s sake – someone use the word censorship. The reason why websites need to be unblocked is not because the content on blogs is harmless. We know that blogs are about looking at our split ends, and inspecting toenails. Don’t remind us how insignificant we are. Please. 🙂

Regardless of how harmless we are, we’d like to be read.

Update 22 Kamla does a great podcast with four different people. (Disclosure – I am one of them.) She covers the block, how it was became an issue, if it’s censorship, the technical aspects of it and the work arounds.

Update 23 – The fine folks who work relentlessly to circumvent the ban on accessing blogspot blogs in Pakistan, have released details of another gateway so people in India have easy access to blogspot blogs.

Yasir Memon & Naveed Memon have come yet again to save the blogging community from the douldrums to have launched Inblogs.net which is similar to pkblogs but more suited for the Indian traffic.

Update 24 – Julien Pain from the Internet Freedom Desk at RSF, responding to an email writes

We called the Cert In and we sent them an e-mail asking them to lift the blockage of all blogging platerforms. So far, we haven’t issued a public statement because we believe this blockage is mainly due to an inappropriate technical decision. So we hope they will take action soon to solve the problem.
But if they don’t do that in the next couple of days, we’ll issue a statement condemning a case a censorship.

As a response to this comment on my blog – Of course there is no ban. It’s only a block on reading content. Whether because of inefficiency or incompetency, net result is that people in India cannot access certain sites.

However, for the government to release ANY list of websites to be blocked. I do not want to be told by the government what information I can and should digest. I think that impinges on my rights. The very rights the government is supposed to protect. I am anti-censorship. Funnily, I’ve heard from bloggers in all these states except for the Union Territory of Pondicherry. It’s precisely the fact that the government REFUSES to communicate that worries me even more. I never compared this to Tiananmen Square Massacre, however, if you must – the similarity is that the government doesn’t acknowledge the issue.

One instance of impingement is not better or worse than the other. However, I suggest you very carefully go through the post and the comments before alleging anything. I did not compare this to the Indian Emergency. But in the larger scheme of things – censorship is always bad news. And small blocks lead to some very big smelly drains.

Update 25 – I just did a brief piece for Guardian Blogs.

Update 26 – How the Government makes life more expensive for you. Or disguises censorship. Kiran just pointed to an article that indicates that Skype and other VoIP may have a tough time operating in India. Why? Because the Government is going to make ISPs pay for a service they can offer free. Obviously the ISPs would argue that anybody else then will also have to pay.

The ISPs are forced into a license regime situation – and pass on their disadvantages to other services. But please – don’t forget that it’s the Government that started it.

Update 27 – The Indian Consulate in New York offers an explanation.

The matter was immediately taken note of by our CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) and the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) was informed of it. The DOT took up the matter forthwith with the search engines and instructions were also issued to all Internet providers to block the two impertinent pages. Because of a technological error, the Internet providers went beyond what was expected of them which in turn resulted in the unfortunate blocking of all blogs. Department of Telecommunications have now clarified the issue and the error is being rectified and it is expected that normalcy in respect of blogs will soon be restored.

In a way one is grateful that the ISPs are incompetent, or this a tiny block may have gone completely un-noticed. Like when a book goes missing in a library, you never know why – but burn the library down, and the smoke talks too much.

Update 28
blockedwebsites
Peter links to a scanned version of the ACTUAL document that went out to the ISPs and Rediff tells us that the block on blogs (no, not the other sites) will be lifted in 48 hours plus notes on the kind of websites that have been blocked.

Update 29 – BSNL and VSNL appear to be letting their users access blogspot blogs now. I don’t see a cause to celebrate yet. (Though I wish to do a thumping handshake with all my blog mates for getting together to gather so much media and government attention!)

ISPs haven’t been asked to unblock all sites – merely comply only with the select list. Censorship is still on. What puzzles me is this – so is the issue one of “As long as you don’t censor what I say – I am okay with censorship.” What about your right to access somebody else’s work? Even if ONE website is blocked – the government is denying you – your right to access something already in the public domain.

I may not be updating this post much anymore – because it looks like the focus needs to shift cyber-censorship in India. Some immediate needs appear to have been addressed – now off to the long haul.

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0 Responses to Blogger blocked by some ISPs in India?

  1. lynnseck says:

    My Hathway is still down! I really wanna laugh for that. There are lots of ways to communicate each others, not only blogs. What else if blogger is banned, then they will use another way to communicate again, So is there any plan to ban Mobile for security purpose! funny!

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  2. JAY says:

    Is your blog blocked in India, Pakistan, Iran or China?

    ACCESS THRU THIS: http://www.inblogs.net

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  6. Just a min ago my friend informed that the blogger.com in which edit,post etc is also seems to be blocked. he is using sify broadband

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  7. uday says:

    hey, i polled at the ndtv just now. this is the first time I am forced myself to get on to such a poll and click it. unfortunatley it has come to that.

    whoever reads this, needs to go a poll no on the ndtv site, for ‘righteousness sake’. unfortunately we can’t let most of the censorship morons think that a stupid poll supports their dumb act.

    so go and vote !! http://www.ndtv.com

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  9. Boomboom says:

    Hi Neha

    I am in Hyderabad. I tried from Hathway and I was unable to access blogspot. But the connection I have at home Beam Cables I can access all Blogspot sites.

    However for the past month I have been unable to access Geocities Sites at all 😦

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  10. Some twenty sites are blocked in India and people started making nonsense by saying blah.. blah.. blah.., comparing India with China, with countries of Middle-East and even with North Korea too. This is as kike as most of the stupid ‘breaking-news’ come every hour on news channel containing no valuable content.

    As working as the fifth pillar of Indian Democracy, we should be more cautious while reacting on the decision of the government. Comparing Indian democracy with autocratic countries is an extreme step. We should completely avoid these kinds of blogging. People are in a hurry to react and taking no time to literally abusing the step taken by the government, which yet not be released officially.

    On the other hand, the government should take cautious steps to block some websites, and it should release the proofs or basis of blocking. In spite of giving directives to ISPs, they might ask Google to do that.

    Anyway, I am requesting the respected bloggers to stop criticizing the government move so harshly and try to find out the major cause behind that. We should provide some suggestive measures in front of the government to have an eye before taking such kind of step.

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  11. Mukund says:

    Hi, I’ve been trying to access blogspot unsuccessfully since last night. My ISP is Iqara and their call center guys don’t even know if the site is blocked or not. BSNL is the service which I use in office and blogspot is blocked by them as well. Filing a writ petition before the high court looks like an option…

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  12. Mukund says:

    Hi, I’ve been unsucessfully trying to access blogspot since last night. My ISP is Iqara and the fellows at the call center dont even seem to know if the site is blocked or not!! BSNL, which I use in my office, has also blocked it. Filing a writ petition before the high court looks like an option, if they dont lift the ban soon…

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  13. thomas says:

    vsnl/tata indicom is blocking it in Mumbai.

    the tracert stops at the backbone of VSNL.

    Tracing route to blogspot.blogger.com [66.102.15.101]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1 5 ms 3 ms 4 ms xxx.xxx.xxx.x.bb-static.vsnl.net.in [aaa.AAA.aaa.1]
    2 6 ms 6 ms 4 ms 49-1.broadband.vsnl.net.in [202.54.49.1]
    3 4 ms 4 ms 3 ms 59.163.24.254.static.vsnl.net.in [59.163.24.254]

    4 vsb-lvsb-stm4.Bbone.vsnl.net.in [202.54.2.190] reports: Destination host u
    nreachable.

    the callcenter guy also confirmed “as blogs cannot be traced, the media is being blocked”..when asked for a timeframe when they will be unblocked, he pleaded ignorance.

    i do want vigilance, but is a LOCKED DOWN STATE necessary?

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  15. VJ/Buddha says:

    Sad day in the India’s tryst with technology! Govt seems to banned access to blogspot.
    But interestingly I am hosting this of my old grad school webpage so I dont have a issue. But I tried a lot of sites on india.blogspot.com and any thing with blogspot.com URL is not accessable! So this is sad but true.

    To conform more I did the following:
    C:Documents and Settingsvdegalah>ping blogspot.com

    Pinging blogspot.com [66.102.15.100] with 32 bytes of data:

    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.

    Ping statistics for 66.102.15.100:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

    C:Documents and Settingsvdegalah>traceroute blogspot.com
    ‘traceroute’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    C:Documents and Settingsvdegalah>tracert blogspot.com

    Tracing route to blogspot.com [66.102.15.100]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1 16 ms 2 ms 3 ms 10.224.67.250
    2 18 ms 2 ms 3 ms 10.224.33.250
    3 23 ms 9 ms 7 ms bga1cr-GigabitEthernet0-2.wan.intel.com [10.128.6.89]
    4 287 ms 410 ms 408 ms scbcr-ATM3-1-0-8000.wan.intel.com [10.128.63.189]
    5 422 ms 410 ms 408 ms fmbcr-ATM2-0-0-1016.wan.intel.com [10.128.63.85]
    6 421 ms 408 ms 408 ms 10.128.63.194
    7 * * * Request timed out.
    8 * * * Request timed out.
    9 *

    I hope all this makes the blogs more popular!
    -Vijay

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  16. anakin-skywalker says:

    One can use tools such as anonymizer and tor to circumvent this censorship issue. However, this is a workaround. The real deal would be to have no censorship at all. This is absolutely stupid.

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  17. anakin-skywalker says:

    For Pratyush Ranjan:
    ———————-

    Dude,

    This is not about the 20 sites that have been blocked. This is also about the idea that someone in Delhi is actually letting you see what you can see and that is not how “freedom of speech” works. It is aboslutely irresponsible for you to say that this is just about X number of blogs. No, this is about how you end up being a mere pawn in the larger scheme of things. It is totally emasculating.

    On the other hand, the government should take cautious steps to block some websites, and it should release the proofs or basis of blocking. In spite of giving directives to ISPs, they might ask Google to do that.

    —> How the hell can you be so naive? You think Google gives a damn? Even if it does, that would equate us with China, North Korea and Pakistan. I will then be ashamed to say I am from India.

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  18. anand kumar reddy says:

    I reached this page. When I searched google with the words “unable to access blogspot blog”. Till reading this thread I was thinking that it is problem on my computer only.

    I am from Chennai and using BSNL Broadband connection. From yesterday i.e.17th July 2006 onwards I am unable to access my or any other blogspot.com blog. But
    I am able to access blogger dash board and able to post.

    I do not understand whether we (Indians) are living in a democratic country or under a dictator?

    Anand Kumar Reddy.

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  19. jet says:

    You can use the right to information act to do that i guess .anway here is my blogsite 🙂

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  21. As part of a generation that has NOT experienced first-hand censorship of the mass media (the last time this happened was during Emergency in 1975) this ‘blogger block’ has come as a deep shock to all of us. Living in India prepares you for some of the toughest realities that LIFE could throw your way but freedom to say what you want has been largely a sacred cow, especially since the trauma of Emergency. I am glad that the blogger community is not taking things lying down. The kind of fevered debate and discussion this unfortunate ban (some say oversight) has generated is heartening and proves many assumptions (especially those of non-bloggers and certain high priests of the mainstream media) wrong. The biggest and nastiest of which is the that BLOGISTAN (yes it’s a subcontinent thing!) is a space for self-indulgent thumb-twiddlers and wannabe opinion-makers.
    It has also proved that Blogistan is a live, throbbing and real community of people like any other, anywhere else in the world.
    And the beauty of their existence is that they hang somewhere between continents, time-zones and governments defying both the realities of time and space. Someone blogs/replies/links to someone else’s post while that someone else is in the middle of a good night’s slumber or whatever else the night’s meant for. And these connections spread from one to another to another to yet another. Becoming a web of ideas, emotions, feelings. All shared and exchanged in good faith.
    This ban is stupid and ugly because it aims at banning something as sacred as human connectivity.

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  22. Mindradio says:

    Neha,

    Shata Windicom (estwhile VSNL) in Bangalore has blocked *.blogspot.com. I am able to post via blogger, but cannot view any blogs on blogspot.

    Rakesh

    ps: for the record, I believe in freedom of speech. The whole world deserves to see my trashy diaries 😉

    ps2: relax, this too shall pass. you can’t keep a good thing under, or a crappy blanket over for too long.

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  23. Bharat says:

    I have BSNL at Bangalore… my tracert says:

    Tracing route to blogspot.com [66.102.15.100]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1

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  27. You’re completely right about the censorship issue. And I agree that not enough people are talking about it and why it is wrong.

    I’ve tried to cover this in my post on the topic. I’m on blogspot though, so I wonder how many people in India will actually be able to see it.

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  29. My blog is blocked by the ISP. I noticed it when I saw a sudden decrease in the number of daily visitors in my blog. Even though I am able to access my blog through some round about ways, that doesnt slove the problem. I am having a lot of regular readers who visit my blog, through direct links as well as through search engines. Nobody will be bothered to visit my through some other ways, or nobody will be bothered to change their ISP to read my blogs. Why can’t the government block only those blogs which spreads anti national sentiments.

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  30. maya says:

    i thought it was a problem with my personal connection given that i couldn’t access my blog all of yesterday, and when i came into work and couldn’t access it here either, that’s when i started to search, because blogger has no technical info listed about this. lj’s working fine, as is xanga. why is blogspot more dangerous? this is an alarming degree of censorship on the part of the indian government and we have to speak out about it. if there’s a legitimate reason for targeting certain blog sites, that’s one issue, but if it’s just a handful of problem sites, why block the entire server?

    i want my blog back!

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  31. To anakin-skywalker,

    I have a say to you, If the Government of india have done it for the sake of the national security. you cannot question on the security measures.

    Its better to target the backbone of the terrorist or extremist activities which make harm to the nation.

    But I am very much firm on it that the government should reveal the exact causes of such steps.

    I am not favoring the government move dear, I am just sying to dear bloggers to be calm and took the step in the orgnised way to mount pressure on the government to issue the cause of the act.

    Do not worry about the guarantee of the fredom of the speech in India. this is 21st century dear. and this is India. the ban of media in India is history. It cannot happen in India, as i think.

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  32. Hiren says:

    This must be the most comprehensive post I have seen so far in more than a year of blogging. Thanks. You should head the bloggers revolt against the powers that be.

    You must have endeared yourself to several regular bloggers. Your name should not be Neha but Sneha. Well done.

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  33. Tracko says:

    Pratyush,

    from your comment:
    “I have a say to you, If the Government of india have done it for the sake of the national security. you cannot question on the security measures.”

    “A fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry takes a close look at life in Emergency- also get your hands on some non fiction or perhaps ask your parents/grandparents about that time.

    ANY guberment can justify ANYTHING in the name of “National Security”- whether it is Tiananmen Square protests (1989) or Indian Emergency (1975-77).

    All of the below were partially attributed to measures for National Security:

    * Wanton detention of innocent people by police without charge or notification of families
    * Abuse and torture of detainees and political prisoners
    * Use of public and private media institutions, like the national television network Doordarshan, for propaganda
    * Forced vasectomy and even castration of thousands of men and women under the infamous family planning initiative. Indira’s son, Sanjay Gandhi, was blamed for this abusive and forcible treatment of people.
    * Arbitrary destruction of the slum and low-income housing in the Turkmen Gate and Jama Masjid area of old Delhi. The action, purportedly conducted under the personal orders of Sanjay Gandhi by the officials of the Delhi Development Authority, killed hundreds of people and displaced tens of thousands of poor people.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Emergency_(1975_-_77)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989

    I am sure there are a lot more relevant examples that my much more well read blogger friends can provide.

    This is just a start. If we do not protest, then we are sure to see our freedom taken away. Would you be OK with a ban on email or your daily newspaper if the Guberment says it is for National Security?

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  34. Chacko says:

    Neha, there is no ban. So please don’t go to the extent of comparing this to the Tiananmen Square protests or the Indian emergency. It’s an insult to the people who took part in those protests.

    Not a single government source has come out and stated that there is a ban. Not a single ISP has openly said that there is a ban.

    Your last four updates have been just on how this ‘ban issue’ is feeding of itself. Have you heard anything from the Government? Have you heard anything from bloggers/internet surfers in the WB, Rajasthan, MP, Himachal, Kerala, Pondicherry, Punjab, Haryana on why most of them are able to access blogspot?

    Do you think 9 ISPS would all make the same mistake of blocking the entire blogspot over a period of two days?

    Patience Neha, there are bigger battles to fight. Please don’t under-estimate our Government, they do know what we are about.

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  35. Chacko says:

    I’m sorry Neha, I had mistaken Tracko’s comments as yours and reacted too soon. I’m 100 per cent against censorship but that is not the case here. As an Indian (the kind that votes) it is sad to see people compare our nation to China, North Korea and Ethiopia. We enjoy the highest levels of individual freedoms here. The only thing the government has banned is sex determination of unborn babies.

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  36. shadows says:

    Seems like pkblogs and inblogs are blocked too.. Can you all confirm..

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  37. shadows78 says:

    Ohh,, that might have been temp down due to load. Its working ok now. Ignore my previous comment.

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  38. I guess with the kinda lousy security that Google icorporates in Blogger, blogspot needs to be banned probably 🙂

    On the serious side, there are something like 100 Blog Tools apart from Blogger, TypePad that can be used to create a Free Blog. How can someone block all URLs? So, on the whole, the whole damn thing is an over enthu knee-jerk reaction of some stupid beerocrat somewhere…

    I feel serious bloggers shouldshift over to other Blog Tools and hist their own blogs…

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  39. Good to know that all should be well in 48 hours, but then how come I cant suddenly even access my dashboard at http://www.typepad.com which I have been able to do the last couple of days..!!!

    TheLearnedMan
    Mumbai
    Tata Indicom Broadband User

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  40. vj says:

    Thank you NEHA,

    It is such a wonderful coverage of the entire issue. you did a great job.I’ve been following your blog since day1. Absoltely fantastic

    thank you MRIDULA,
    thank you SHIVAM,
    thank you DINA,
    thank you ABI,
    thank you NONEDONE.

    and big Thanks to everybody associated

    I knew it couldn’t have stayed for long.Thank you all for updating and spreading information.

    Just 48 hours to go…before we’re free…

    Iam Jumping with JOY already

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  42. Ajay says:

    Hathway, Hyderabad has also blocked blogspot..Contact No. 91 40 55831313

    BTW another circumventor is http://defilter.freepgs.com

    Njoi Reading…

    Does any site allow u to post on blogspot

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  43. I have 2 blogs on TypePad out of which I can now only access one!! Still cannot access the TypePad dashboard…

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  44. Now cannot access any blogs again or the dashboard as well!! I hope the DoT or DIT or ISP’s or whoever else know what they are doing…!!!

    TheLearnedMan
    Typepad / TataIndicomBroadband-Mumbai

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  46. VettriSelvan says:

    hey i got this when i typed in RUN

    Tracing route to blogspot.com [66.102.15.100]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1 46 ms 46 ms 46 ms 59.92.32.1
    2 77 ms 77 ms 77 ms 218.248.249.42
    3 77 ms 77 ms 77 ms 218.248.255.17
    4 77 ms 77 ms 77 ms 218.248.255.18
    5 77 ms 77 ms 77 ms 203.101.65.233
    6 109 ms 109 ms 109 ms 203.196.8.1
    7 249 ms 249 ms 249 ms 217.6.24.169
    8 373 ms 374 ms 374 ms 217.239.39.234
    9 374 ms 374 ms 374 ms 62.156.139.218
    10 374 ms 374 ms 374 ms if-1-0.core2.NQT-NewYork.Teleglobe.net [207.45.2
    20.37]
    11 374 ms 374 ms 374 ms if-3-2.mcore4.NQT-NewYork.teleglobe.net [216.6.8
    7.13]
    12 374 ms 374 ms 374 ms if-4-0.mcore4.PDI-PaloAlto.teleglobe.net [216.6.
    86.13]
    13 374 ms 374 ms 374 ms if-0-0.core3.PDI-PaloAlto.Teleglobe.net [207.45.
    196.77]
    14 374 ms 374 ms 374 ms Vlan3.msfc2.PDI-PaloAlto.Teleglobe.net [207.45.2
    01.102]
    15 374 ms 374 ms 484 ms Vlan252.msfc2.PDI-PaloAlto.teleglobe.net [216.6.
    50.6]
    16 374 ms 374 ms 374 ms

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  47. VettriSelvan says:

    I Need to open my geocities plsssss anyone help to open Geocities.com
    pls anyone see my site is opening or not
    the url is http://www.geocities.com/vettri02

    Angelfire is opening though im using BSNL in chennai

    i tried to type in run for geocities.com the codes are came up like this well anyone know what to do next to open geocities plss reply

    Tracing route to geocities.com [66.218.77.68]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1 51 ms 61 ms 46 ms 59.92.32.1
    2 77 ms 77 ms 77 ms 218.248.249.42
    3 77 ms 77 ms 77 ms

    and for 7 lines its closing
    plss do something people. india have lot of genius’s
    well im also an indian but i donno what to do so im asking u friends DO SOMETHING.

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  48. imphaldiary says:

    Today I can access all blogs including mine. So is this the end of the insanity of the govt? or, do I have to face another more severe blockade?

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