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Update: I’ve made a forum to discuss this topic further, so people can interactively share information about this here. Also, please note that you need to register to view the more ‘appropriate’ content of the forum, so please do so. If you’re not someone from the govt. then you’ll probably find the post in the forums *wink* 😉
UPDATE: It’s been confirmed that Undernet has been blocked by most of the Indian ISP’s. This post confirms it and the comment by anand has also confirmed that the Indian government has blocked Undernet. It’s time for some serious action people, we can’t just keep quiet, it’s a violation of our rights. I’ve added a poll, so please vote and tell your ideas in the comments 🙂
PS: I also request everyone to Stumble and Digg this post in order to spread awareness to all other people of the world. There is also a Google Group that has been created about this issue, visit it here.
Hello eveyone 🙂
Recently, there was an issue with me that I couldn’t access Undernet. It always gave an error while connecting and said ‘Connection Timed Out’. I thought it was just me and so I re-installed mIRC (the client I use) and checked everything but still the same error. Then, after a bit of searching and stuff I came to the conclusion that it was my ISP that was the problem.
I sent an email to them and I am still awaiting a reply…
BTW, Undernet is one of the largest IRC networks and by far the best (imho). You can connect to Undernet by using your IRC client and connecting to ‘irc.undernet.org’.
I posted a request to confirm from other ‘Hathway’ (my ISP) users at the India Brodband Forum
and I got a reply from an ‘Airtel’ user (lenkite) that he has been experiencing the same problem. And a post at the Undernet forums made it clear that all the people from India are experiencing this problem. But currently, only ‘Hathway’ and ‘Airtel’ users have confirmed this problem. Other ISP’s are yet to be confirmed.
lenkite, on his blog has also posted about this problem.
The question which arises through all of this is that whether Undernet has been blocked on purpose by all of India’s ISP’s or not. And if that’s true, then WHY? Why in the world have they blocked Undernet? That’s a complete violation of our rights and we will stand against it.
Just like Blogger.com was blocked sometime back in India, that raised many voices, now Undernet has been blocked (maybe on purpose, still to be confirmed). This is a complete restriction on our right to free speech and we will stand against it.
I’ll keep you posted on this…so stay tuned.
If anyone wishes to help or wants to learn more, then feel free to contact me 🙂