Nikhil, While I would love to agree with you, given the turn legislation has been taking in India (e.g. the law governing blogs), I think free communities like Wikipedia and Openstreetmap stand a serious risk at the hands of those who value 'national security', which unfortunately is the perfect way to appeal to the masses and pass Orwellian legislations.
I would not take this lightly at all. A cabinet minister making such a stupid, uninformed statement is not acceptable at all. Its against the basic tenets of freedom. Cheers, Shalabh On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM, Nikhil Sheth <nikhil...@gmail.com> wrote: > Honestly, I don't see any reason to quiver. > > We should thank good'ol Moily for accidentally publicizing wikipedia at his > own expense which I'm sure all his political opponents are going to keep > using till the end of his days. He's taken wikipedia now to a much larger > swathe of the Indian population - more than any number we could have reached > out to - at least now a lot more people know there is such a thing called > wikipedia! > > India hasn't banned or attacked wikileaks yet as I last remembered; rather > the powers that be seem to running scared because of it. In the current > scenario where scam after scam is tumbling out, I have seen a greater > respect for groups like wikileaks among whoever knows about it; and lesser > respect for all those who lash out at it. > > In all the conundrum with wikileaks in recent months, poor wikipedia had > for all practical reasons gone into obscurity owing to prefix-hijack. Now it > suddenly looks like it's back in the game - there's no such thing as bad > publicity, after all! > > So I'd make light of the matter. Why be afraid of those who are afraid of > the truth? If anybody raises anything, tell them fair and square that a > member of their country's parliament screwed up. > > > Cheers, > Nikhil Sheth > +91-966-583-1250 > Pune, India > Teach For India <http://www.teachforindia.org/> Fellow, 2011-13 > www.nikhilsheth.tk > Find me on: Twitter <http://twitter.com/nikhiljs> | > Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/nikjs>| > LinkedIn <http://in.linkedin.com/in/nikhiljs> | Google > <http://www.google.com/profiles/nikhil.js>| > RangDe<http://www.rangde.org/investor/nikhilsheth>| Youtube > <http://www.youtube.com/user/nikjs> > Join me on: Pune Documentary > Club<http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=138497769525636>| Let's > Do it Pune <http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lets-do-it-Pune/103857326346659>| > Toastmasters > in Pune<http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toastmasters-in-Pune/148767611833746>| > Wikipedia > For Schools > project<http://education.wikia.com/wiki/Wikipedia_For_Schools_Offline_Edition> > > > On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan < > rsrikant...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> I agree with Srikanth. A simple notive on Meta [as I noticed] isn't >> enough. We NEED a gigantic banner, [for NOW] across all Wikimedia Projects. >> Somebody needs to get in touch with WikiLeaks staff and get the same thing >> done there. >> Regards, >> >> >> On 30 March 2011 14:10, Gautam John <gau...@prathambooks.org> wrote: >> >>> On 30 March 2011 11:49, Srikanth Lakshmanan <srik....@gmail.com> wrote: >>> >>> > Getting sick of this popular "urban legand". Why dont we run a site >>> notice >>> > banner for "atleast India" alone for 2 months. """ Please Note :- >>> Wikipedia >>> > and Wikileaks are 2 different things""" and link to a detailed note. >>> >>> Srikanth, to be fair, I think he does see it as two different things >>> or so the quote implies. What he might incorrectly allude to is a >>> linkage between the two but his criticism of Wikipedia is the model of >>> knowledge creation. >>> >>> Thank you. >>> >>> Best, >>> >>> Gautam >>> ________ >>> http://social.prathambooks.org/ >>> >>> _______________________________________________ >>> Wikimediaindia-l mailing list >>> Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org >>> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l >>> >> >> >> >> -- >> Regards, >> ME. >> Wear a Lungi, Support the Movement >> My infrastructure invasion... plus other images >> too.. on Wikimedia Commons. http://bit.ly/d50SIq >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Wikimediaindia-l mailing list >> Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com >> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l >> >> > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > >
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