Feel Like I'm in China

(Pic by Sahar Z.)

Take Away (installation) by Riyas Komu

For the past two days I have been terrorising my cable guy because of this message that appears on my screen whenever I try to go to bodhishop.blogspot.com or for that matter any blogspot site:

502 Bad Gateway
The following error occurred: [code=DNS_HOST_NOT_FOUND] The host name was not found during the DNS lookup. Contact your system administrator if the problem is not found by retrying the URL.
Could not open error file

Thankfully a blogger friend mailed and gave me the lowdown on what's happening. Through him I reached other 'non-blogger' bloggers and some world-famous bloggers too... only to find out that this was the work of our Government, that's now turned into a professional net nanny.

Must say I am amused, angry, perplexed, disappointed with the turn of events. Had always thought we had better sense than doing what a concerned blogger called the equivalent of turning off the water supply because the terrorists were using water!


  1. I think those of you who can access this blog can help by spreading the word about this 'colossal stupidity', either by linking or devoting coupla lines to it. :) THANKS!

  2. Will pass this along to Luke says Moo! and a few others.

    Love the last paragraph with the quote about turning off the water supply!

    "Freedom of speech is the concept of being able to speak freely without censorship. It is often regarded as an integral concept in modern liberal democracies. The right to freedom of speech is guaranteed under international law through numerous human rights instruments, notably under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, although implementation remains lacking in many countries. The synonymous term freedom of expression is sometimes preferred, since the right is not confined to verbal speech but is understood to protect any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used."

  3. Thanks much M!
    Blogger's here are doing hectic stuff to get this draconian and asinine block off their backs, this includes writing a petition to the President... hope better sense prevails.

  4. I hope life is normal once again for your cable guy, Dhiraj? :)

  5. Saw your post that things are back to normal. Seek and receive...

  6. Yeah. Thanks. It's nice to be back in Blogistan :)

  7. ....and I was wondering what kind of a national security threat are U

  8. Umm... a threat to national insecurity maybe!

  9. Hmm there's been lots of strange things happening with the net here too, but largely because I think the whole world cup thing used all the available techno and blocked everything up.


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