World History Blog Banned in India!
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World History Blog Banned in India!

It is true. This blog has been banned by the Indian government and Internet Service Providers have been ordered to block this url.

Am I really that subversive? Do I help to spread dissent or bad karma? Unfortunately, I am not alone. Millions of blogs have been banned.

ABC News Online reports, "India has banned access to 17 websites and blogs it says preach messages of religious hatred, an official said. But in scrambling to obey the order some of India's Internet service providers have simply blocked users from looking at entire domains such as - and the thousands of blogs, or online web journals, hosted there. "

I first became aware of this problem a few days back. Sumir Sharma, a lecturer in Punjab and a regular commenter at this blog, sent me this note, "I never thought I have to disturb you like this because we bloggers in India are facing a problem. All the blogs of blogspot and typepad are blocked in India. There is not authentic information why it has been done. But it is difficult now to access ones own blog through ISPs in India. I just wanted to share this problem with you. However, there is a solution by which I have reached it. We are now using proxy servers to reach you people. No doubt, we can make are posts but we can not see our own blog or blogs of other writers. "

This is indeed unfortunate. I hope this is fixed soon. I hate to see the Indian blogging community handicapped in this way. India is a country which is generally free of censorship. Why are they blocking out the blogging world? I wish my fellow bloggers in India (history or otherwise) the best in getting this resolved.

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