My Scream at #Tatadocomo- KNOCK KNOCK-KOI HAI ?


 

 EMAIL SENT TO –csmumbai@tatatel.co.in

To

 

Complaint Dept

 

Tata Docmo

 

Dated- 27th August 2012

 

Sub- Inaccessibility of  my blog for last five days

 

 

 This is to inform you that for the last 5 days, I am unable to update or add content to any of my four blogs , namely  

 https://kractivist.wordpress.com/,

 http://fassmumbai.wordpress.com/  ,-

 http://kashmirsolidaritymumbai.wordpress.com/, 

 http://kabirkalamanch.wordpress.com 

 

hosted on the wordpress domain or even create a brand new blog . This is a complete violation of my fundamental rights accorded to me under the constitution of India.

 

 

While the Government of India may have requested for the blocking of some sub domains like xyx.wordpress.com, you have gone into overdrive and blocked all the sub domains or blogs hosted on WordPress, which is the most common free publishing software on the Internet. 

 

There ahs been no official statement from your side on the ban,  and when trying your toll free numbers I have been in a circus for last 5 days.

 

When  I call 1800-266-121,  after following all instructions of one of your animated voices and am asked to call -toll free-1800-266-1515 and following the same animated voice instructions then  I  am asked to dial  18602-665555 and  then once again i I am asked to dial 1800-266-1515. I am not interested to play office- office with your staff. As it is the poor customer care guys somewhere in no mans land have been given lines to memorise like a parrot and speak politely and insist that what they say is right and not the customer.

 

 

Finally today, on chat support, I was graciously told by Krishna ( no pun intended)  the chat i am attaching,  when i I insisted on an email id to write to you.

 

 

I am also attaching what  I  get when i try to log on to my blogs

 

 

Now , I would like a reply in 24 hours, from now. I have already lost 5  days of my crucial work, besides the mental agony and waste of time .

 

Adv Kamayani Bali Mahabal

 

I India- s the govt caught in the ‘censorship’ web?


We have seen a raging controversy around the government decision over the last week to ten days to block a few hundred web pages and some Twitter handles. After many protests, the government insisted that it had only clamped down web pages that actually were capable of inciting communal violence or contributing to the unrest. But is that really the case, or is this the case of the government blurring the lines between free speech and hate speech? Is this about political censorship?

Watch the NDTV debate– http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/we-the-people/is-the-govt-caught-in-the-censorship-web/244248

Tribal weapons ban in Indian state of #Chhattisgarh


 

By Salman RaviBBC News, Raipur

Maoists in Chhattisgarh (July 2012)Chhattisgarh is a hotbed of India’s Maoist insurrection

Tribal or indigenous people in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh are to be banned from carrying traditional weapons such as sickles, axes and bows and arrows, police say.

They say that the move is necessary because of increasing attacks on police and civilians by Maoist insurgents with tribal weapons in public places.

The move has drawn criticism from tribal bodies and political parties.

They argue that it curtails the rights of tribal people.

Maoists are active in more than a third of India’s 600-odd districts. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and labourers.

Chhattisgarh is one of the Indian states worst affected by Maoist violence.

Rebels in its Narayanpur district have established a “liberated zone” over an area of 4,000 sq km (2,485 sq miles).

Boards, written in Hindi and local dialects, have been erected by police throughout the state warning of “legal action” if anyone is found to be carrying traditional weapons in public places, especially in markets.

A police spokesman in Narayanpur told the BBC that Maoists were targeting villagers and police in market places.

“They are taking advantage of the tribal tradition and it becomes difficult to differentiate between a Maoist and a tribal in such places. This is the reason we have decided to restrict carrying traditional weapons in public places,” Superintendent Mayank Srivastava said.

Such has been the criticism against the initiative, however, that police say they may soon alter the ban so that it applies only to the carrying of bows and arrows by tribal people.

Ramesh Thakur, a spokesman for the tribal group Sarva Adivasi Sabha, said that the move violated the rights of tribal people to carry weapons as guaranteed by the Indian constitution.

“The authorities have failed to counter the Maoists in this belt and so they are venting out their ire on the local populace,” he said

 

Fizzy tizzy: Bolivia walks back talk of Coca-Cola ban #Coke


Published: 03 August, 2012, 15:27
Coca-Cola sign in downtown La Paz, Bolivia (Reuters / Claudia Daut)

Coca-Cola sign in downtown La Paz, Bolivia (Reuters / Claudia Daut)

TAGS: HealthSouth AmericaPoliticsDrugs,AgricultureEconomy

 

Bolivian officials played down a recent pledge to ban Coca-Cola, saying the words were taken out of context. Their aim was to encourage locals to switch to a homemade peach soft drink instead of the famous American soda.

Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said that December 21, 2012 – the day the Mayan lunar calendar enters a new cycle – “has to be the end of Coca-Cola, the end of selfishness, of division.”

“The planets will line up after 26,000 years. It is the end of capitalism and the beginning of communitarianism,” he said. International media ran his words, claiming the country planned to expel one of the world largest soft drink manufacturers.

But Choquehuanca actually meant that December 21 “ought to be the end of Coca Cola, and the beginning of Mocochinci,” a local drink made from dried peaches, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Consuelo Ponce.

US weekly magazine Forbes suggested that the alleged ban on Coca-Cola comes at time when Bolivia is pledging to legalize the consumption of coca leaves, alleged to be one of the main ingredients in the soft drink’s secret formula.

The sale of the native coca leaf is big business in Bolivia, accounting for 2% of the country’s GDP (approximately $270 million annually), and representing 14% of all agricultural sales, Forbes reported.

The UN declared the leaves illegal under the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, along with cocaine, opium and morphine. Since 2009, Bolivia has consistently called for change to the ruling. The consumption of coca leaves is a centuries-old tradition in South America, strongly rooted in the beliefs of various indigenous groups.

The Bolivian legislature recently approved a Bill of Complaint filed by President Evo Morales’ administration to withdraw Bolivia from the convention over its prohibitions against the personal use, consumption, possession and cultivation of the coca leaf.

In support of the bill, the Bolivian government cited Article 384 of the 2008 Bolivian Constitution, which obligates preserving the use of the coca leaf as part of Bolivia’s ancestral heritage, and rejects the designation of coca in its natural state as a narcotic.

President Morales defended the traditional practice of chewing coca leaves at a UN meeting on narcotics in March, and urged the body to reconsider its 1961 decision.

Danish Journalist Tom Heinemann Denied Visa To India


By Neha Dixit

03 February, 2012

Countercurrents.org

Embarrassment and Outrage are the two tags that explain freedom of expression in this country. We were still recuperating from the treatment doled out to Salman Rushdie, who was denied an entry in

India for the Jaipur Literary Festival, when we heard a similar case.

Tom Heinemann, award winning documentary film maker from Denmark has been denied a visa by the Indian Embassy in Copenhagen. Last week, the Indian Embassy stated that no journalist employed at Danish Broadcasting Service (DR) are welcome in India anymore. Still, an unnamed employee at the Indian Embassy said that all other journalists are still welcome. But not Tom Heinemann. The reason: In 2005 he made the film “A Killer Bargain” on the working conditions at i.e. Danish companies in India.The refusal also applies to his wife, Lotte la Cour, who is his

regular television cameraman.

More importantly, the Indian embassy stamped three letters in both their passports – ‘VAF’. It stands for ‘Visa Application Failed’ and, according to Tom Heinemann, a stamp that makes his passport virtually useless in many of the countries he would like to visit. “It’s something you write in the passport of alleged terrorists and villains. I am persona non grata in India for life. It is what it

means. And I have to switch passports, otherwise I can’t go into a lot of other countries, “says Heinemann.

Heinemann has done phenomenal work in his journalistic career. He also won the Grand Jury, Lorenzo Natali Prize for Journalism 2011. His documentary, The Micro Debt raises uncomfortable questions about microcredit. Sparked by his own personal experiences from extensive travel in countries and regions such as India, Bangladesh and South America, Heinemann shows viewers the potential dark side of the microcredit phenomenon. He also highlights human tragedies, such as

suicides that have resulted from the pressure of personal debt or the social exclusion that can ensue when individual misfortune places a borrowing group in jeopardy. The fundamental tenet of microcredit – to provide cheap finance to entrepreneurial individuals in developing countries – is questioned and Heinemann forces his viewers to consider whether the premise that anyone can be an entrepreneur is no more than a hopeful fantas y, instead often ending in an inescapable spiral of

debt.

The documentary was broadcast in more than 14 countries. Heinemann and his friends in Denmark are also paying for the education of four children of a common friend they have in India. Tom and his wife wanted to visit these children on a tourist visa.Tom Heinemann has informed the Danish ministry of foreign affairs that he again has been refused a visa.

In a comment, the chairman of the National Danish Union of Journalists, Mogens Blicher Bjerrregaard demands that the government immediately intervene: “The Danish government must explain the Indian authorities that this is not how press freedom works”.There has been no response from the Indian authorities about the matter. Goes without saying, freedom of press and expression is a ferocious facade in this country. Demand what is rightful and the facade gushes forth.

Neha Dixit is a frequent contributor to Countercurrents.org.

She can be reached atnehadixit123@gmail.com

Tom Heinamann can be contacted at tomheinemann@gmail.com

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