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Friday, July 21, 2006


"You know, TR, none of this happened due to lack of technology. It was all due to plain ignorance."

-- A top cog in the Indian technocratic set-up, and a close family friend, when quizzed about the blogspot fiasco over lunch today.


Blogger km said...

..none of this happened due to lack of technology. It was all due to plain ignorance."

You know, if you read that sentence three or four times, it starts to sound really scary. What happens when they *do* get the technology? Oh wait. That'd be the country I presently call home.

(I really like how you "quiz" close family friends. I hope you didn't turn the 100w lamp on to his face and give him the good cop/bad cop routine over a bowl of raita? :))

7/21/2006 8:52 PM  
Blogger MockTurtle said...

Hey TR - been a while. How's the home country treating you?
Anyway, do you really think we can hold our government responsible for it's bumbling, when the country's more competent citizens refuse to be a part of it?
I think the whole issue is more laughable than worrying.

7/21/2006 11:02 PM  
Blogger gaddeswarup said...

I am not so sure that this is harmless. This together with the proposed amendment to RTI (see AlternativePerspective and 'Death Ends Fun') show the intentions. According to
(about the proposed amendment to RTI):
"The government's logic in excluding these bits of "valuable information" is not clear. The justification that it is excluded in other countries like the US, the UK and Australia ...".

7/23/2006 10:00 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

i think he meant they (we) *do* have the technology. the gag order was implemented by the home ministry and we all know how they worked it.

it was a tangri kabab. pretty yummy one. but he did - maybe as a way of changing topics - tell me one way in which terrorists are actually communicating. they share an email id on a popular provider such as hotmail or yahoo, and pass on all messages as unsent drafts. so one guy writes it all up and saves it in a draft, and then another guy somehwre else logs on and reads the draft and maybe adds his own two bits. impossible to trace if you're monitoring email. (and yes, nothing to do with blogs.)

welcome back, all of you :-) i agree, we've got the best democracy our money could buy. but i think that while the bumbling was laughable, the intent was probably not.

yes, it's a very shady modification. today i met with a friend who's been working on the RTI (at an NGO) for a while now, and she was quite worked up about it. imo this sort of concatenation of circumstances seems to be straight out of the america of recent years.

7/24/2006 2:36 AM  
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7/24/2006 2:48 PM  
Blogger scout said...

you're home! good stuff. Tangri kebabs. good stuff. Indian technocrats for dinner - whee!!!

7/24/2006 5:07 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

lunch, technically, but it's the thought that counts. (and that wasn't quite at home, but in a Well-known City in Western India :-p) am "home" now, getting to grips with gurgaon - india's answer to new jersey.

7/25/2006 1:32 AM  
Blogger progga said...

ignorance or incompetence? was lack of technology ever really an issue?

8/17/2006 11:38 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

well, one of the stories that had been floating around was that they'd only wanted to block eleven (or so) sites, but had ham-handedly ended up blocking everything. what this gentleman was telling me was that someone in charge wasn't really aware of the difference between a webpage and a domain.

8/18/2006 10:08 PM  

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