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Guest post by Milan Gupta

Yesterday (on 28th December, 2015) Santosh Desai ( @desaisantosh ) published his opinion column titled “2015: The Empire Strikes back” in TOI(Times of India) Delhi edition newspaper. Mr Desai has often expressed optimism in the future of Indian democracy and has been a keen observer of the historical political trends especially of the last 4-5 years. I have often found him amongst the few rare writers who are very forward looking.

When I did read his statements in the column yesterday which were courageously frank like :

“ There is much deeper question here. Is change of a meaningful kind at all possible in India…”,

“Is there something inexorable and deep in the way the polity functions that makes change a virtual impossibility”

“For a brief period, it looked as if the impetus for change would come from a new vision of a more participative form of democracy, but those hopes lie in tatters.”

I do think that a pessimism has grown in the intellectuals class and that predictably hope is being questioned by them again. The world belongs to the new and the young. The ones who have a stake in the future have a responsibility to shun such pessimism how so ever well intentioned it may be from the intellectuals.

I respond to Santosh. He is much older to me and I seek his forgiveness if ever I do sound disrespectful.

The future is bright, Santosh.

Over the last few years, the political discourse has changed so radically that the fear of politicians at least in the metros has almost disappeared. You find Radio jockeys taking such digs at senior political figures which was unthinkable even till 2010. An Anupam Kher in 2010 was issued a privilege motion by Sanjay Nirupam in the Maharashtra assembly for questioning the political class. Such digs at political class are a common place now.

Pilots, least of all Air India’s, never refused entry to late coming VIPs in their planes. But now , we have all heard of how the Kerala governor, a lazy retired Supreme Court judge, was snubbed by the national carrier’s pilot. I couldn’t have called the Kerala governor “a lazy retired Supreme Court judge” in public, a clear disrespect to his post from me, and not be scared of a witch hunt.

Things have changed radically and irreversibly over the last few years. This is the decade of change. The change by the end of the decade will be of gargantuan proportions. Perhaps because we have such a very open social media that its not possible to control any individual now. Yet the credit for the change must go not to the technology but to the Indian people. The Arab Spring has totally misused the social media and the revolution there has turned violent. Pakistan and other countries too have the same tool, but its only in India that the change is happening rapidly and non-violently.

I must take your much deeper question head on where you questioned existence of something inexorable and deep in the way Indian polity functions.

Yes. It exists. It is deep. And very well hidden from common discourse. But its not inexorable at all.

Democracy means not only the right to elect, but it also means right to get elected to the eligible. Dictatorships are controlled by giving the eligible the right to vote but not the right to get elected. Go deep in the direction of how the right to get elected for the legally eligible is curtailed in India, and you would find where that deep problem (and not an insurmountable one) lies.

It is of course not possible for me to briefly show here what that deep rot is which can be easily removed. However, I would briefly point where an answer would lie to one of your question on the Parliament logjam.

If the government is in minority in the Rajya Sabha, why should the leader of the house be from the government at all? Why should the government at all be able to have the final say in the conduct of business of the Rajya Sabha, even what bills and motion to be moved in it? Identify the reason for that contradiction and the log jam in Rajya Sabha can be resolved.

Answers to our questions and the deep rot can be found only if we promise not to give up on hope. We have achieved a lot. The youth are as responsible as any other time. Hope, achievements and debates remain their quintessential characters. The hope must remain unquestionably alive. That’s what has brought us so far.

We’ll have the good life within our life time. The empire is already crumbling.

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Time of bocks 2012-05-12 11:46:00

Why has the government blocked pages and profiles Air India Protesters ?

This data was pulled right off the Reliance servers , we all already know that Reliance thinks of itself as its own government and does blocking of pages that is not required by the government ( http://pastehtml.com/view/bywiha3f9.txt;http://pastehtml.com/view/bz8kycy0o.html i.e. Mr.Satish Seth) but why the hell should reliance bock something that does not even concern it .. this is surely an order by the government done to hamper the online communication's of the Air India staff ... This is a violation of our rights ..

Somebody please file a RTI "request" and let us know the "legal process" that was done to achieve this ...

proof:http://pastehtml.com/view/bz8kycy0o.html

http://www.datafilehost.com/download-03b59b4a.html

--Isac

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List of blocked pages

https://facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=682086851

https://facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1393818165

https://facebook.com/#!/groups/181600665222131

https://facebook.com/#!/groups/229803000363819/

https://facebook.com/#!/groups/156976297699784/

http://orkut.co.in/Main#community?cmm=16167706

http://orkut.co.in/Main#profile?uid=6767284876016221058

http://orkut.co.in/Main#profile?uid=8511842286998933911

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A hacker called Isac hacked into the reliance broadband server to leave a message for all users trying to access the internetfrom Reliance Broadband today. It was removed quickly. However, the Reliance server had got hacked on the 15th May earlier. They had got a list of sites blocked on the Reliance network. They had observed that the non-governmental blocks had started being accessed slowly, and stopped. Today's latest list of blocked sites was copied and released as well. Ticket booking details were leaked from the BigCinema site with a warning on credit card details not being taken but available because of insufficient security.

The list of blocked sites includes sites never blocked by the government or courts and these blocks seem targeted. Two targets they identified were Satish Seth and Air India pilots and protest pages on Facebook. While Satish Seth is an ex-Reliance emploee who is testifying against a colleague in Reliance, there seems no need for his pages to be blocked. Pages containing profiles of Air India pilots and protest pages on Facebook and other profiles, for example cannot be a legal block. Protests are legal in India.

There is a clear warning that ad hoc censorship will be resisted. Medianama has written up an excellent report of the Press Conference called by Operation India on their IRC channel today afternoon.

This time around, there was a message for the government, people, opposition and media. Anonymous had been attacking government servers for a week, but when it attacked servers of the entertainment industry, the government got its Twitter and Facebook accounts deleted. In doing this, our government is the first worldwide to delete an Anonymous profile. Anonymous has given our government 24 hours to restore the profile.

Anonymous has given the government time till the 9th of June to unblock sites that have not violated any laws, failing which, there will be protests on the streets. Here is the message left behind by Isac.

Anonymous REVENGE / WE OWN YOU

Told you not to mess with free speech and lesser with Anonymous

Government of India, you know what you did wrong. you caused out twitter account to be blocked now we will show you what anonymous is capable of doing.
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We give you 24Hours at maximum to give our twitter account back and apologize
Give @OpIndia_Revenge BACK
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IF NOT
We will unleash hell and shiver on you

Greeting government of India, you were bad really bad. One of the worst governments the world has. Yet we tried our best not to go too tough on you, and then you decided to cross over us, bad guys bad idea.
We tried to do a slow, non violent protest and government decided to cover out mouths we will not sit idle while our freedom is take away. We will continue our non-violent protest and guess what you will never beat us, ever.
When we started to speak truth, the government of India forced our online twitter account @Opindia_revenge to be suspended.

Dear People

People We for 1 entire week attacked government websites, run by your money and no one in your government cared, then we decided to hit the Rich guys in the entertainment and IPL and Reliance and your government sprang into action. Shame on this government. It is time you people realized that this government don't care about you. If we had attacked what belong to you they wont have minded. But if at all the smallest scratch appears on the rich and elite they are up and ready to act. Time you throw away these puppets of the rich and replace it with a new system that respect the constitution.Here is a list of all sites block by the governement and reliances Injustice !!

Opposition

Don't get ready to jump up and down and make a big show, because we know you are worse that what the word worse can explain. You and the ruling parties share profits in every corruption and then play a drama to fool the people. People realize that they are nothing but the ruling party itself just making mockery of every system that is in place and the people who voted them to power. you guys have no right to act as saviors of people.

MEDIA

You are meant to be the 4th estate of democracy. The supporters and guardians of people and their rights but you have failed and we don't tolerate the kind of actions you are taking now. plotting with the government that is trying to abuse its own people and help corporations steal and befit from the weakness of your people. Media you cover us or not we will do what it takes to fight for peoples rights something you guys are scared to shit to attempt. If you can then show us you are not advertisement sucking leaches and tools of the government to enslave the people. We may have expected the US media to behave this way but not you guys who talked about not being influenced by anyone. EXPECT US

We are Anonymous
We are a Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect Us.. You should have.

This is brought to you by => #OpIndia #AnonymousINDIA #TeamVoid
Twitter => @OpIndia_back

Dear Reliance users if you wanted to visit a site but could not 😛 Please use the following links .. If the site is not here please wait for you "Awesome" ISP to fix this "technical" Issue 😀

Facebook

Google

Gmail

Yahoo

twitter
Or Go ahead and use this
TOR(also useful for "blocked" sites

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Greetings,
Press, ISP, and the Citizens of India
With this leak we are proving to you something that no one had ever attempted to prove. The Indian government is not only useless when it comes to protecting and serving it's people but is also equally powerless when it comes to controlling the big guns such as reliance. The following is a list of Sites and URL's blocked by reliance. Just give it a quick check with list that government has and see how many sites and URL's are here without the peoples and governments knowledge. Or did the government of yours really know and kept quite due to the special Corrupt special services that they are running for them. Shhhh.. Before you deny It read more.

When we first hacked into reliance they realised that we had the list and also cause of the media coverge they knew they were in trouble as they themselves knew that they broke the law and the trust of it's customers. When they saw media was knowing this they started unblocking the sites to make it look like they are heroes and reliance did you feel it would be so easy for you to do that and not cross us. Bad Idea. You tried to change our passwords and tried everything you know to stop us. For your information We Dont Even Care If You Have A Password. Stop Attacking people and their freedom and we will stop

Every one check this list and see how many sites that has no court order or not even a complaint against them is blocked.
Answer Us:
* Why has Reliance blocked AirIndia employees Protest page on Facebook.(marked in green and purple) ---- Did the court issue an order for that too
Or does the government have some ties with reliance to help them kill the strike at AI. Bad Idea. 
THINK INDIA THINK ARE YOU GUYS NOT TRUSTING THE WRONG PEOPLE
Time to wake up and get on the streets,
Throw out this corrupt system,
Join us, We have no leaders
We Are Anonymous
We are a Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect Us....
You did not, you should have.

 The AIR INDIA urls in question are: 

35102012-05-12 11:45:39adminAdded Category URL List URL https://facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=682086851 ID 1121 with Categories 201.202.138.120.37default
35112012-05-12 11:45:57adminAdded Category URL List URL https://facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1393818165 ID 1122 with Categories 201.202.138.120.37default
35122012-05-12 11:46:07adminAdded Category URL List URL https://facebook.com/#!/groups/181600665222131 ID 1123 with Categories 201.202.138.120.37default
35132012-05-12 11:46:17adminAdded Category URL List URL https://facebook.com/#!/groups/229803000363819/ ID 1124 with Categories 201.202.138.120.37default
35142012-05-12 11:46:29adminAdded Category URL List URL https://facebook.com/#!/groups/156976297699784/ ID 1125 with Categories 201.202.138.120.37default
35152012-05-12 11:46:42adminAdded Category URL List URL http://orkut.co.in/Main#community?cmm=16167706 ID 1126 with Categories 201.202.138.120.37default
35162012-05-12 11:46:54adminAdded Category URL List URL http://orkut.co.in/Main#profile?uid=6767284876016221058 ID 1127 with Categories 201.202.138.120.37default
35172012-05-12 11:47:17adminAdded Category URL List URL http://orkut.co.in/Main#profile?uid=8511842286998933911 ID 1128 with Categories 201.202.138.120.37default

Link to list of other urls including the blocked ones of Satish Seth will be added here: