Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The blog in defence of grassroots democracy

The biggest recent event in the Indian blogosphere revolves around the IIPM controversy. Amit Varma provides a detailed storyline but the big picture is pretty straightforward: magazine publishes expose on the so-called Indian Institute of Planning and Management, blogger links to said expose, blogger gets threatened by a hilarious ransom note demanding that the link be removed, IIPM threatens blogger's employer with bad publicity, blogger resigns to defend his principles. All very familiar, and all very depressing.

But there was one difference this time: hundreds of reputable blogs with high PageRank that carry the truth and cannot be suppressed. Grassroots democracy has finally arrived.

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