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Indian Blogosphere 2005: The Year That Was

What started as a hobby for a bunch of geeks has now become a powerful, unified voice of the people that matter: the youth of India. The Indian blogger stands guard: coordinating relief efforts and sharing information on disasters; ensuring that the mainstream media takes notice of serious issues like Manjunath's murder and suppression of free speech by Mr. Pony Tail or the Slimes. I wanted to use the title 'Memorable moments' but stopped myself. It is not memorable when hundreds of thousands of people die and we bloggers report about the catastrophe from the forefront. It is not memorable when you have to report the death of an honest, righteous young man at the hands of the corrupt.
Here's a list of the significant moments of the Indian Blogosphere in 2005 (this is a work-in-progress. leave a comment if you want me to add more to this list):
  1. The South-east Asian Tsunami: We were there where the mainstream media did not dare to step in.
  2. Manjunath: we wake up the mainstream media to this horrible crime. And now, the President assures us that the honest will be protected.
  3. Bloggers coordinate relief for the Mumbai deluge.
  4. We rise to protect Gaurav and Rashmi. We kick a$$.
  5. One of the fake-questions that they wanted the MPs to ask �Is it true that while NRI firms such as India Uncut of USA, Sepia Mutiny of Britain and AnarCap Lib of Netherlands have been allowed to invest in Indian SSIs, the reputed German investment firm Desipundit has been denied permission? If so, the reasons thereof? Is the Union Government of India planning to make automatic the long procedure of permission for SSIs to import new technologies such as Trackbacks, Pingbacks, Blogrolls, Splogs and Hitcounters?� Need I say more? We are a piece of the Indian political history now.
  6. Last but not the least, we decide to give the Slimes a hard time after it tries to strong-arm Mediaah. Did we succeed? Ask Google! Update: Slimes rubs the Delhi bloggers on then wrong side. Again.
  7. Update:The Rohan Pinto episode is a significant chapter in the history of plagiarism on the web. It highlighted the fact that it is not easy anymore to steal someone's work. Here's Amit's take on the issue. Bloggers caught the MSM stealing reviews and stories. Burp!

Important links:

Earthquake Help:

Manjunath's murder:

Mumbai Rains: and

IIPM Controversy:

Operation Duryodhana:

Pradyuman is threatened: and

Please leave a comment if I had missed out on something.
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Blogger Kaps said...

Filmstars started blogs. I wonder whether these filmstars would even know the Blog URL as these are publicity stunts by the film industry.

The MSM still continues to mention Blogs as personal diaries and online journals. But there are more blog related articles in Indian MSM. Recent coverage of chennai blogger meet and the sting operation at the delhi blogger meet are clear indications.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 9:24:00 PM GMT+05:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The global blogosphere is doubling every 5 months, hope the Indian globosphere will catch up as well.

Visit ITVIDYA.COM - India's first technology blogging network

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 10:23:00 PM GMT+05:30  
Blogger TTG said...

U forgot the sting operation on the Delhi Blogger's Meet

Thursday, December 22, 2005 1:27:00 AM GMT+05:30  
Blogger Sib said...

I think another issue that needs to be seriously considered by Indian bloggers, is one of textbook reform and how a certain set of India-baiters and India-bashers is intent upon showing our culture and history in a real bad light.

Read more here...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 4:34:00 AM GMT+05:30  
Anonymous Suman said...

Ah! Slimes again. Sadly, I don't wish to include blog meets and MSM coverage of bloggers. I am looking at significant events that emphasised the importance of blogging and bloggers. Correct me if I am wrong. Of course MSM is psyched about bloggers. One moment they were the sole authority on the published word and in the next, boom, it is all democratised. Who wouldn't feel bad?
Kaps, can you give some URLs of flim star blogs? Wonderful! I didn't know they could write... or read :-D

Thursday, December 22, 2005 10:43:00 AM GMT+05:30  
Blogger Anusha Parthasarathy said...

Hi Suman
I guess you covered almost everything. I was wondering why you did not take on the so called Moral Police carrying out the brutal "Operation Majnu". I know that our blogs are not on the likes of tabloids like times but news about this was really disturbing.
As for the blogs on filmstars I guess they hire a scribe to offer them blogging services giving them time and space for only lip services...:)

Thursday, December 22, 2005 11:52:00 AM GMT+05:30  
Anonymous suman said...

Anusha, I wanted to write about moments that the bloggers drove.

Thursday, December 22, 2005 11:58:00 AM GMT+05:30  
Blogger Anusha Parthasarathy said...

Okies Dokies Suman !

Friday, December 23, 2005 2:17:00 AM GMT+05:30  

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