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Shiv Sena with a mission to ban Orkut

Mumbai, Sat, 09 Jun 2007 NI Wire

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June 09: This is not the first time that Orkut, the most popular social networking site is in trouble. This time it is Shiv Sena, a radical right wing political party representing Hindu sentiments that has appealed the government to ban the website operated by Google. Shiv Sena has insisted the government of the misuse of Orkut which has resulted in hurting the religious sentiments of Hindu majority.

After Brazil (55%) and United States (19%), India (16%) has the third largest number of Orkut users. However, the government of India has no plan to block the site and has ordered for a probe to Mumbai police about the content. Even Google has given access to Indian police to contact it directly.

Meanwhile, the student wing of Shiv Sena is trying to develop software for partially blocking the site. They have also appealed the internet café owners not to allow users to connect to Orkut.

The student group Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena has raised voice against the misuse of website against certain religious groups, Hindu culture, which may further disturb the communal harmony.

In response the Computer Emergency Response Team which has the power to regulate online content and even can block any website is studying all possible ways for dealing with such issues. But as far as social networking sites are concerned, it is very difficult to monitor and identify each and every web page that is abusive in nature. Profanity filters have proved to be of some help but still many loopholes remain to be plugged.

Lat week several Shiv Sena activists entered some local Internet café and vandalized in their usual fashion. The workers are constantly engaged in such activities. The group is part of a growing band of cultural vigilantes opposed to what they see as against those who harm Indian culture. But in their mission they seldom go for proper remedial procedure. It is government’s duty to take proper action and if necessary to block the website and the best that can be done is aware and sensitize the government about these issues.

In coming days Internet café owners may find it hard to operate as more violent protest is expected in various regions of Mumbai. However, it is up to the government whether to block the site or not.

Reportedly, special software is in the process of development that can be installed by internet service provider to block any message or phrase containing sensitive information. Orkut authority and Google has also been informed about this progress.

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November 2, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Shiv Sena(The Army of Shivaji)is the Branch of Saffron Braminical Terrorist GROUP.. These Groups Confused people of India regarding Hindu,Hinduism
Hindutva and India. They wanted to Political Gain and Fund collections in India and abroad like IDRF. INDIA is a multiculral and multilanguage and Democractic Republic Country in Solidarity.
these groups wants to RSS Fazism and Nazism like Hitler and Musolini under the Banner of Saffaron
groups. It is Very Dangerous Activities in Indian solidarity and Indian Constitution. Indian Govt.will take the action through C.B.I.enquiry for root causes and fund collections to Terrorist Groups. wE

Rajiv Bolbode

May 2, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Shiv Sena = India's answer for Nazi. Where in the world does this party get the idea that they are the authority on Hindu culture and sentiments. Bombay police that proudly feel they are second to only Scotland Yard has time and again always done nothing agains this goondagiri by the shiv-sainiks. I don't even understand why these shivsainiks thought that residents of bombay would love to be called "mumbaikars" - don't force your bloody culture down everyone's throat! I'd rather be called Bombayite or mumbaiite!!


June 14, 2007 at 12:00 AM

well shiv sena is saying that usage of orkut is affecting hindu culture???how????if they are saying about anti-hindu communities than they should know there are communities made which are against every religion,why those illiterates dehatis ghati people cant understand that?/why cant they just ignore that and want to be a hypocrates!!!!!ya of course the anti religion communities are not justified but 1 cannot just banned the entire site which has been platform for connecting people all over the world!!!actually they are just bunch of bloody losers who dont know anything except to fight and threaten people!!!!!!!!!shame on you goondas!!!

Qusai Haider

June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Its all for the press attention. They use such 'protests' to get people to vote for them and in turn attain power. In the process they harm people in the cybercafe business as well as ISPs and website owners (Google).

pankaj garg

June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

what i believe is everything has its own advantages and disadvantages.So its upto us which one to accept.


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Even i am a Hindu BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS !!!!

At least let this let the internet be clean from the crappy politics of India !!!

I understand people say things to India and Hindus.....

In real life... Pak says things to India....hindu muslims fight.....

So should we ban moving out of houses ...ban partying ??

ban speaking in public ????

If orkut is blocked...that would be the MOST stupid thing to be done by India---Dont go partying cause someone cud abuse u --right.


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

shiv sena is a complete losser.


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Shiv sena is nuisance. They create an issue out of nothing and then fight for it on moral basis. It sucks....!!!

Vineet Kumar

June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

I believe that what Shiv Sena is doing is right, as no other group or even govt seems concerned about the sensitive talks mentioned on these websites.
Someone or the other should take the responsibility, so why not shiv sena.


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Shiv Sena is self appointed thekedaar of India

Sriharsha S.M

June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Well this is an good action by the VHP or any other social organisation to block the website because their are several incidents of misusing the networking violating the culture and the passion of India


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Hey, This attempt to block Orkut will be of no use, there are a 100 more such social sites existing now as well...

There must be a better way to be fouund for this problem, blocking the site in few countries will not serve the purpose..

I think the court must step in, and a review committee must be set up to regularly scan the site for its contents.. the users can also there views on the same.. and if something related to communal beliefs are found, there must be a action against the Owner of the community and it should be blocked..


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Really I feel shame on people who posted thier comments here about SHIV SENA.I am asking,Is it fair that just because of your chatting, some messages, you will not stop the people who are playing with our HINDU religion.
My dear friends freedom does n't mean that you play with someone religion.Did shiv sena stop earlier for orkut? Answer is no.But this time just beacause our religion.Did any hindu have done anything wrong with other religious.No, then why they are doing ? Friends this is the right time to speak.I appeal noly to stop those people who doing this type of work.I am not against orkut but I feel we people can do
much better.


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Why govt of india is not putting some dog collar at this so called Shiv-Sena ? Its the human right to express themselves by speeches and writings, then who gave the authority of these sycophantic suckups to open what they want and ban what they dont. They are always hurting the sentiments of Indian culture. They always use the society power for misusing. If they dont want any bad thing, just dont open these sites which are hurting their sentiments. First they are watching the sites, then protesting them to ban it. Same as what they do for the movies. No where in our indian books,culture it is mentioned not to use the head and against the freedom. Totally animal act by the team of losers.


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Right to freedom is good but it has also some resonable restrictions.....Nobody has any right to write abusive words about any person and freely publish it in orkut..........If there is right to freedom of expresson it's not at the cost of somebody's dignity


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

With God's grace, Shiv Sena is not in Delhi.

Saumen Sengupta

June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

I wonder by what right Shivsena or anybody can dictate the sentiment of the people. India is NOT a Hindu state; we don't want to be dictated by any fundamentalist Hindu, Muslim or whatever. If the young people want to date, let them do so. If they want to indulge in Western values let it be by their own choice.


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Who the hell made Shiv Sena our moral police? They are a bunch of goondas using God's name to mask their vile intentions. Shame on our press to give these hoodlums coverage !!


June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

im a hindu but i dnt think orkut is hurting my sentiments in any way..but shiv sena does...i wonder who gav thm the rite for moral policing..are we trying to be in an elite group of orkut banners like saudi arabia and iran?? wat a pity..so much for democracy..

Akshay Yadav

June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

In the report you said: "Shiv Sena, a radical right wing political party representing Hindu sentiments".

I do not think so. Shiv sena does not represents Hindu sentiments in any way.

Abhishek Sahni

June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Why is this country still lacking its basic rights of freedom even after 50 years of independence. Well ask SHIVSENA and their tactics to deal with any issue they can think of. Anti dating, anti partying, anti valentines, anti westernization and now ANTI ORKUT. Well the list keeps on going. Frankli i wonder if in todays era anyone sees them with other than amusement and pity. Anything that they do will make us laugh than scare us. They are just too ridiculous for there own good.

Nabaneet Dutta

June 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Who are they to stop the freedom of speech. What those people mean doesn't reflect that all the others also believe in it, however ridiculous it may be. And anyway, who takes orkut "so seriously"?


June 10, 2007 at 12:00 AM

yea.its good to have banned the orkut.because it is not secure.. and lots of bad things are happening through orkut..

The man

June 10, 2007 at 12:00 AM

there are activities have no other work and most of them are jobless chaps... All of these ppl shd be wiped out from india , unless india wont develope...

Jatin Jose

June 10, 2007 at 12:00 AM

This is absurd of anyone to take authority on there hands and hurting someone else sentiments with pretext of other.
Orkut is social gathering i myself am able to meet so many of my collegues and freinds which were otherwise lost upon it also provides medium to communicate,express views and reach to places which so long were alien.

Tejas Shah

June 10, 2007 at 12:00 AM

There are a lot of communit sites avaiable, It may be easy to block single Site but its very hard to BLOCK the changes and thoughts of this young generation.

Tejas Shah


June 10, 2007 at 12:00 AM

In India. government seldom protects or defends or respects the religious or cultural sentiments of hindus. Communities and groups have to take it upon themselves and take matters in their own hands.


June 10, 2007 at 12:00 AM

The Shiv Sena has successfully marginalised themselves. They keep doing these kind of antics in the hope of attracting some interest from someone... I don't know what it would take to shut up the nuisance they create. Frankly in this day and age I wonder whether anyone even looks at them anymore other than with amusement and disinterest...


June 10, 2007 at 12:00 AM

I hate Orkut, as a I m a person form
hindu religion. I hate site were peoples religions r hurt.
I will try to help to ban this site if I could.

Thank you



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