Monday, July 17, 2006

India blocks blogs - terror is an excuse, Hindu fundamentalism is a motive

Some Indian ISPs have banned the most popular blogging service domains in response to a request from the Indian Department of Telecommunications order to block a list of sites that may have extended to 22 pages in length or more. In an article entitled, Are Internet Service Providers blocking blogs?, Shivam Vij at rediff news has more on the response by bloggers organizing in India to remedy this.

There are also discussions of and other sites.

According to M. K. Bhadrakumar in the Asia Times (in an article entitled "The roots of Muslim anger in India"), the BJP party has been "stoking the fires of religion":

Hindu fundamentalism has been on the rise due to right-wing political forces represented by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unabashedly exploiting religious sentiments for electoral purposes - with remarkable success.

It is the politically motivated moralism of socially conservative Hindus that has been behind measures to restrict nightclubs and public mixed sex dancing that we see here, as much or more so than any reasoned effort to curb terrorist communications on the internet.

India, like the United States, must strive for a more Open Society. That is the best way to defeat the terrorists.

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