Been running on high fever since I returned from Allahabad. So as of now I am just uploading the pictures. May be sometime later I will write a post about my experience. There are one or two pictures which are not safe for work. You have been warned. Enjoy.
Today’s Salman Kurshid incident reminds me
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
You can replace communists, socialists, trade unionists by virtually anybody who is honest and interested in India. This is probably worst time in Indian politics Hope Manmohan Singh comes out and sacks his law minister.
If you haven’t seen the leaked video yet then check the report below
From Web of Deceit on the The Caravan
A more worrying development regarding ISP actions came to light at the end of May, when the activist group Anonymous India hacked into the servers of one provider, Reliance Communication, and released a list of 434 web addresses that had been blocked. Among these were 45 addresses that Reliance had not been asked to block by either government or the courts—all of them related to an accused in the 2G scam, Satish Seth, a group managing director at its parent company, Reliance ADA Group (R-ADAG). The 45 addresses were soon unblocked. (For the record, an R-ADAG executive denied in an email that their servers had been compromised by Anonymous India, and said they had not blocked any web pages unless asked to do so by the government or the courts.)
I was on reliance netconnect on 8:14 pm on May 26, 2012 and obviously servers were compromized.
Of course I checked the source, its an iframe
Who is lying?
CIS has a detailed blog post explaining why all of us who care about freedom of expression on the internet should support annulment motion by MP P. Rajeeve.
You should actually read that blog post but the following are the most important points
No chance to defend.
There is no need to inform users before this content is removed. So, even material put up by a political party can be removed based on anyone’s complaint, without telling that party. This was done against a site called *CartoonsAgainstCorruption.com”. This goes against Article 19(1)(a).
Government censorship, not ‘self-regulation’.
The government says these are industry best-practices in existing terms of service agreements. But the Rules require all intermediaries to include the government-prescribed terms in an agreement, no matter what services they provide. It is one thing for a company to choose the terms of its terms of service agreement, and completely another for the government to dictate those terms of service.
Government, police or an angry mob can force your blog (freedom of expression) or your business (web-based) to go offline without notice. Which is kind of insane isn’t it?
Thankfully there are some smart MPs in our parliament who are trying to pass a motion to annul these rules. We can’t just sit and watch. We need to support MPs who are supporting this motion. Call other MPs and ministers to urge them to support this motion.
To call your MP, ministers and to send them an email, use this online form provided by CIS. Its easy doesn’t take more than a minute. If you want to do more use the postal address to send a hard-copy of the letter or use the given official phone number to call them.
To support Member of Parliament P. Rajeeve, go to change.org and sign the petition. It doesn’t stop there. Share this information with your friends and family. Urge them to do the same.
I am trying to visualize the constitution of India to make it easy for myself. The first one would be of-course a word cloud. Might take a while to load. Click on the image if you want bigger one.
More readable one
I downloaded the PDF files from Govt site. I have uploaded the same to Scribd for easy access and sharing.
Looks like our constitution is very egoistic, speaks more about itself than its people/citizen :)