TO EVERYBODY ELSE:
I have received the following message a million times today, but just in case there are any people out there who are wondering how to get around the ban, please read on:
In the wake of the recent terrorist strikes in Bombay, the government of India has covertly started blocking access to all blogspot.com, typepad.com and geocities.com pages. Many of the leading ISPs in the country are doing this, and although governmental intervention has neither been acknowledged nor confirmed, calls to some of the ISPs have confirmed that the government has asked them to do this. Should terrorists wish to use the internet, there are much better and easier ways of doing so than blogging, which is a very public space. Do spread this message throughout the world so that everyone gets to know about this subversion of the right to freedom of speech in what is supposed to be the largest democracy in the world.
In addition you can go to www.pkblogs.com and type in the name of the blog you wish to access, if your ISP is blocking direct viewing. All those who have blogs should post extensively about the ban so as to reach as wide an audience as possible.
Also send by snailmail a request under the Right to Information act to the Government of India querying the block. For details on how to do this go to http://groups.google.com/group
Calcuttans, Lansdowne PO will accept these requests. You will have to pay Rs 10 at the PO.
V and I have been using Torpark (a proxy browser that works via the Firefox engine, I believe) to access blogs since yesterday. Download it from http://torpark.nfshost.com
Techies or would-be techies might wish to check out this page for more ways to circumnavigate the ban. I'm enjoying this!