S. Asia: Politics of Communications and Technologies of Control > Focus on Internet Censorship in India
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How to Bypass the ban: Try these proxy routes

Useful Resources:

[India] Information Technology Act: Danger of Violation of Civil Rights by Sruti Chaganti

Guide to Internet Censorship in india

Indian Government Ban of Net Access to Pakistani News Broken
July 5, 1999


Human Rights groups in india:

International organisations:
Global Internet Liberty Campaign

Internet Censorship In India Underway:
groups.yahoo.com remains blocked
since september 2003

- Text of Government order for blocking a website on groups.yahoo.com
- Text on Yahoo India website re the blocking order

Internet Content Filtering in India: Variations in Compliance and Accuracy - May 27, 2004

News Reports:
Cyber satyagraha to nail e-vigil
Dot.silenced (Oct 1, 2003)
Outrage over India Yahoo ban (Sept. 29 , 2003)
Protest against blocking of Yahoogroups (Sep 25, 2003)
No net gain for Big Brother (Sept. 24)
Govt issues orders to ISPs - ` Block separatist outfit's ' (Sept 20, 2003)

Calling For Electronic Civil Disobedience To Resist The Blocking of groups.yahoo.com in India

Users should speak up for unfettered communications rights

This current move to block internet content for thousands off users, is a blatant violation of freedom of expression and sets a very dangerous precedent of censorship and control of the internet in India. It is very unfortunate that human rights groups in India, have still not taken note.

All in India wanting to bypass the illegal blocking of groups.yahoo.com are advised go via:

1. Advertise this among other users.

2. All users are invited to send at least 10 e-mail messages a day @ each of these e-mail addresses a, b, c and d. [see addresses in column on the right] If only a few hundred people repeatedly send them 10 blank messages a day, that would help jam their pipes and slow down their mail servers.
All moderators running lists on groups.yahoo.com with subscribers in India are invited to join and invite their users to send blank messages and or Protest letters to people listed under a, b, c,d.

3. Internet users abroad are invited to join in solidarity

In solidarity,
Harsh Kapoor
South Asia Citizens Web

Addresses of Officials in India where people can write protest letters:
Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Communications & Information Technology)
Fax No.:
+91-11 - 23712333
Email :

Jaipal Reddy
(Minister of Information and Broadcasting)

Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)

India's Department of Telecom
Email :

The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI)