Thursday, July 20, 2006

Indian Blog Ban: Pakistani Blogosphere Reaches Out

This came in late Wednesday afternoon, California time. It was posted on the "Bloggers Collective" mailing list, where Indian Bloggers, and their supporters worldwide, have congregated to monitor, oppose, and discuss the blocking of blogs in India. I am reproducing it without further comment:
Hi Everyone,

I am a fellow blogger living across your borders in Pakistan I am also the co-founder of the Don’t Block the Blog campaign when Pakistan was confronted with the dilemma of facing a blanket blockade of the entire blogspot domain. We seriously thought it was because of a thick and stubborn headed Pakistani government that resulted in such a stupid move but seeing the Indian Government react similarly it seems all governments are the same when they want to implement decisions always without due thought and consideration.

Reading a few emails in this group just recently it seems the Indian government might actually come to its senses and finally lift this blockade surely a big relief to the world, but until then we would like to present the Indian Blogging community with yet another tool to be used on their websites which converts all Blogspot links into a URL utilizing the proxy servers of

Feel free to download this tool from the Don’t Block the Blog website - - credit to Adnan Siddiqui

The Pakistani blogging community has over the few months learned to co-exist with the ban and has created a number of tools to by-pass this ban.
We share all these as a gift to build better friends across the border and hope to shed the image of hatred and violence and give way to a peaceful co-existence between to lovely nations.

On behalf of all Pakistanis

Dr. Awab Alvi
Teeth Maestro
Don’t Block the Blog

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