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Many people are hesitating, wondering what to write, so here are some samples. Feel free to create your own. ==================

Hi/Dear Sir/Madam/etc

This is to notify you under Operation India that your content at url [whatever-link] containing a picture of Poonam Pandey in a bikini (for example) would be in violation of the IT Rules for being "Harmful to minors in any way" - since yours isn't an adults only website, we think it is inappropriate for children to be exposed to such content. Please remove the offensive content within 36 hours of receiving this.

For more information, read here.

Sincerely,

Vidyut

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Hi/Dear Sir/Madam/etc

This is to notify you under Operation India that your content at url [whatever-link] containing a recipe for a home facial (for example) would be in violation of the IT Rules for being "derogatory" toward us darker people by implying fairer people look better.Please remove the offensive content within 36 hours of receiving this.

For more information, read here.

Sincerely,

Vidyut

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Dear webmaster, Hindustan Times / Indian Express / etc

This is to notify you under Operation India that your entire website with its irritating pop under ads would be in violation of the IT Rules for being "harassing". Please remove the offensive content within 36 hours of receiving this.

For more information, read here.

Sincerely,

Vidyut

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Dear senior editor of newspaper

This is to notify you under Operation India that your [link to content] talking critically about US / Pakistan / Burma / Sri Lanka / China / Norway / etc would be in violation of the IT Rules for "threatening friendly relations with foreign state" Please remove the offensive content within 36 hours of receiving this.

For more information, read here.

Sincerely,

Vidyut

 

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You get the idea. It is not too difficult 😉

Dear Indians,

The upcoming IT rules have the potential to severely restrict your freedom of speech. Any content you put up can be taken down on the basis of a complaint by anyone for any of the reasons from the graphic in this post. You may think if you don't own a blog, your content is safe, but you may have made an update on Facebook, for example. The new rules will mandate that your content will have to be taken down by Facebook, for example, if someone sends them an electronically signed email.

There is no authority that will accept such complaints and pass orders. Anyone who encounters any content offensive, blasphemous, hateful, and so on can get it removed by law. This process bypasses the judiciary completely. No kind of content is protected, no kind of verification is required, no appeal process is specified. From receiving the complaint to its removal will be 36 hours by law.

We are announcing "OPERATION INDIA" as a form of awareness raising protest. What you have to do is whenever you find anything you don't like, or for that matter, anything you'd like to target to make a point, write an email to the support and/or administration of that site, and inform them that you find the content in violation of the proposed IT Rules and that you expect it to be removed within 36 hours of getting the email. If you have a problem explaining why the content is a problem, feel free to default to "offensive" - that is our national mantra anyway. Here are some sample notifications to get you started.

Add a link to your email saying "For  more information, please read this post" or similar - which links to this post So you got an Operation India Notification so that people understand that they don't have to take down content - that this is a India only.

Try to aim for government and media sites - the first to give them a taste of what they want to do to us, the second for publicity, but really, anything is fair game. Here is a handy graphic with reasons to complain:

Save frree speech. Stop IT Rules NOW
Free Speech is the fundamental nutrient of a democracy. Kill that, we are not a democracy. Operation India.

If you own a website and get a request for removal of content, try to put up a small alert on the top of that page saying that that content is flagged for remova and create a page to publish all the requests you receive. We suggest using this box:

The page you are viewing has received a complaint against it as a part of Operation India, to create awareness on how easily content could go (and goes) missing if they are not annulled in the Parliament. This page could vanish off the internet.

Do not take this lightly, because our very right to say things others don't approve of is under threat. This is not democratic, it is a violation of our fundamental rights.

Sample targets:

    • Article in newspaper calling Pakistan a state sponsor of terror - complain against that page for defamation and insult to another nation, since it isn't officially declared that (yet).
    • Someone making a post about some religion - find something to disagree with, and complain about that page for being offensive and hateful.
    • Someone being happy when you are in a sad mood. - This is hurtful, ok?
    • Some article complaining about the foster system in Norway - this can harm friendly relations with that foreign state.
    • Any article where our government refuses any country anything - can harm friendly relations with that foreign state

You get the idea. Haunt press release pages of government sites. Complain to newspapers about their content not being appropriate for our laws.

That is all. It is easy. Do it. Do it often. Find the outrage in you. Find that part of you that sees a page and knows what is wrong with it.

Do it for the freedom of your country.

Free Speech Supporters

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Your Highness,

I am a blogger from India writing with great concern to you about compatriots of my country in grave trouble in yours. These are Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya in Oslo, whose children Avigyan,3, and Aishwarya,1 have been taken from them and put into foster care by your Child Protective Services. I have been following the news with great concern and it sounds like an exceedingly traumatic experience for them, particularly the children to be separated from their parents in an alien culture. I feel certain that such psychological trauma may not be the purpose of the Child Protective Services.

I am a supporter of Children’s Rights, and I admire your law from 1993 that established such a proactive and concerned organization. Indeed, in India we have many children who could do with even a little attention to their well being from the state.

I have been trying to find out more about these services in order to understand them better and instead have come across several very concerning reports about families traumatized by separations and very high rates of interference and allegations of corruption. I also read several instances where local disagreement or other interpersonal problems resulted in complaints that led to parents being separated from their children. Being a homeschooler, I heard about homeschooling families who are perfectly within their legal rights to educate their children at home, but they are fearing antagonism from local pastors and others who disapprove that could lead to them losing their children, because of allegations against parents not being reviewed adequately and a bias against biological parents, which sounds strange to me as an outsider.

I got the impression that Child Protective Services are a cause for great alarm for parents in your country to the extent that over a thousand parents filed a lawsuit fighting them in 2008. That doesn’t sound like those parents don’t care about the children they lost. This Child Protection System of yours sounds very arbitrary and non-evidence based, relying on allegations for such serious decisions. This is not the action of a responsible authority. I also came across UN reports about human rights violations in such cases. I may also be mistaken or I could also have mistaken those websites seeing as I don’t understand Norwegian and relied on automatic translations.

To get a very brief idea of how frequent the phenomenon was, in order to be able to speak well on behalf of this couple, I observed your very excellent website providing statistical information, which was easier to understand. I used information from 2010 to get an idea of what happens. 61,400 children were born in Norway in 2010. Child Protection Services began interventions with 13,727 children in Norway in 2010 out of which, 863 were put into various kinds of foster care and 581 into child welfare institutions. That is an astonishing 1,444 children uprooted from familiar family environment. In other words, at least one child out of every ten touched by the Child Protection Services and 2.35% of the child population ends up displaced! Those receiving various kinds of assistance is 22.35% of all kids – which I think is a great thing.

As a parent of a child who is now 2 years old and has never been away from me, I cannot begin to imagine the trauma of such separation. My son would be most unhappy without me and I, without him. I cannot imagine what act of mine would deserve such trauma. I would be willing to learn, change, beg… whatever it took WHATEVER it took to keep my son with me.

Parenting is an inexact art. Some days are better than others, some circumstances. Surely it is discrimination to deprive a person of their offspring and a child of parents over relatively minor issues like height of a bassinet from the floor or eating with hands? Inefficient breastfeeding may not be the greatest thing, but breastmilk is still the best nutrition for a child and the presence of a mother the most psychologically reassuring factor.

In India, most children don’t have their own beds. My son doesn’t. While I don’t presume to say how it should be in Norway, it isn’t child abuse! In fact, progressive parents are increasingly taking to attachment parenting, including co-sleeping because it is considered to be healthier and psychologically reassuring. There has been research done on this subject. Children left to sleep alone and away from parents feel more anxious than those who sleep with parents. It seems your Child Protection Services are keen to see the exact opposite happen.

The same with eating with the hand. It is natural. It is how we eat in India. It isn’t force feeding. Surely how a child is fed is a personal matter between the mother and child?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child clearly states in Article 9.1

Parties shall ensure that a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will, except when competent authorities subject to judicial review determine, in accordance with applicable law and procedures, that such separation is necessary for the best interests of the child. Such determination may be necessary in a particular case such as one involving abuse or neglect of the child by the parents, or one where the parents are living separately and a decision must be made as to the child’s place of residence.

No such process seems to have been followed by the Child Protective services, and yet two children are living forcibly separate from their parents and each other. How can Child Protection Services violate rights of a child as stated by the United Nations? If these rights are not supported in your country, has this been made clear? Why is this family still separated months after this hideous action?

I would like to request you to do the following:

1. Return both children immediately to their parents. Unconditionally and deport the entire family if their actions are not acceptable to your country.

2. Investigate the arbitrary confiscations of children by your CPS that are in direct violation of what the UN says – for the sake of Norway’s children themselves. If foster care pays well, it may be useful to look at possibility for corruption leading to a bias for these abductions as many parents are calling them.

3. Please update your Embassies worldwide to inform people with children applying for visas that this is a risk in your country and to proceed at own discretion. It does sound rather like the script of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but better safe than sorry.

Your Highness, kids in India have only heard of kings. Lots of stories in childhood. There is an element of magic and hope attached to the “good” kings in our fairy tales. Be that for those kids. Don’t let them down. They are too young to understand separate countries and different laws and hurtful adults.

Thanking you for your attention. Hope to thank you for more,

Vidyut

Not really a post,  some thoughts. Beginning with saying that this was a gruesome mass murder and act of terrorism. I applaud the response of democracy from Norway. That said, this incident brings into stark relief some of the worst prejudices as the world and country.

  1. Many assumed that it was an Islamic attack.
  2. Few were interested in him not being Muslim
  3. People substituted details of incidents in their templates and returned to canned rhetoric, inlcuding drawing similarities with "Hindutva terror"

I think this kind of thinking is not useful to the world or any country in it. The danger with being slave to stereotypes is that we lose touch with the reality and our responses to situations are to our imagination, rather than what is actually happening.

Like I spoke in Intellectual deficit in Indian society, the dangers are that in being slave to decisions rather than data, we miss out on a lot of points where functional change can be introduced.

This kind of thinking is not only alienating, but rather deficient in logic. How does Hindutva terror fit in? If it does, is the same assumption applied to other entities and people mentioned similarly? Why is there such resistance in us to acknowledge acts of terror from non-Islamic religious orientations? How does this help?

I think it is high time people learned to see terrorism as a sum of actions rather than a singular melodramatic monolithic entity. Anyone can act. Stereotyping the actors blunts our ability to analyze and address incisively. I say, even if the terrorist was Muslim, it is important to see specifics rather than hooking to pet donkeys and flogging them along well worn and ineffective paths.

Definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If our response to any happening anywhere in the world is through a narrow minded Indian version complete with pet accusations... doesn't help.