Indian preponderance over food

•November 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It’s been much more than a year since I came here to the U.S., and after a lot of travelling – from the east coast to the west, from the mid-west to the south – I can confidently say that people here do not know much about India. This by no way means that they should – after all why should they, we are not the holy roman empire of the middle ages.

But what they do know comes from three main sources: movies, news, and probably history classes. Little knowledge about anything Indian lends itself to being made stereotypes and this usually leads to incorrect conclusions.

People do not like to be called these terms because they are offensive.  While groups may hold certain similar qualities, the individuals who make up groups are unique in personality. They have their own special characteristics which do not get recognized by these preconceived notions. It leads to discrimination of people and is used as leverage in politics.

No element of a culture so determines its cultural identity as its food. And any outsider who takes to a society’s food will soon become an insider. I think every country has its stereotypical food.  Sometimes the stereotype is accurate and describes the food the people of a country eat most often, but most of the time it is totally fictitious and the people of the country get offended. Classic stereotypes like the Chinese eating cats or the Koreans eating dogs or cockroaches, have the potential to be inappropriate because of the notions it gives about people.

Similarly, an aspect of the stereotype is Indians travelling abroad ‘sticking to Indian food’ and therefore being unadventurous. But it should be noted that Indian cuisine offers so much variety that most Indians don’t like any other food. Indian cuisine is one of the three leading cuisines of the world – Chinese, Indian and Japanese. It has a rich repertoire of tastes, textures and dishes to be fully self-sufficient. If you like it, you probably don’t need anything else.

India is a union made from different kingdoms, and each of them had different food. After being made a republic, we were split into zones and depending on where you were born, you ate south Indian food or north Indian or Gujarati food or Bengali food. And each of them differ completely from one another.

Add to this equation, the pretentious Brahmins who avoid meat and demand “pure vegetarian” food. While 3 out of 4 Indians above the age of 15 are meat & fish eaters, a significant minority concentrated particularly among the historically advantaged classes are ‘pure vegetarians’, by which I mean they have never tasted meat or fish.

The vast difference in the food customs of Indians, particularly the preponderance of ‘pure vegetarians’, makes it difficult for Indians to integrate into a world civilization. But this of course does not explain why Indians insist on packing home-cooked food with them while travelling. My two cents – I think it is because of a deep cultural insularity and a tight-assed sense of superiority, which I hope will diminish over time as Indians become more confident citizens of the world.

THE TAMBRAHM CHART OF PROGRESSIVE FOOD TOLERANCE
courtesy – TamBrahm Rage

THE TAMBRAHM CHART OF PROGRESSIVE FOOD TOLERANCE

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India: with a dotted face, riding a donkey

•December 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hope died along with the 23-year old gang rape victim from Delhi  when I woke up today morning.

The hope that India’s leaders and citizens will be able to find a solution for a lot of issues including sexual assault, the hope that another person does not have to experience such incidents, and the hope that someday – in the near future – people of my country will be able to proudly say “I’m an Indian”, today looks bleak.

The incident that occurred in New Delhi, on December 16th, sparked huge protests demanding swift actions against the perpetrators of the heinous crime. The demonstrations saw students come out in huge numbers, but the protest turned violent as when the youth gathered started marching towards Raisina Hills and Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Subhash Chand Tomar, a 47-year-old policeman, died in a New Delhi hospital after being seriously injured in the protest, while many others on both sides injured.

While the past few weeks have been witness to numerous debates, with suggestions on severity of punishments, on certainty of punishments, on castrations and death penalties for sex offenders, the fact remains that none of these will be deterrents to the crime.

Such a thought only reinforces the worst nightmares for women, that they are exposed. If the government and people of India think certainty and severity of punishments will act as deterrents, then it is high time we wake up to face reality – it will not. Need for the day is prevention of crime and not subsequent cries for justice.

While venting of pent up anger may make us feel better right now, it does not serve any purpose in the long run. In western countries, women are not afraid to register a complaint with the police for there is no shame in it. What would help us go a long way in this issue is the removal of this stigma attached to rape — “shame”.

Weapon called embarrassment
In India. rape is being used as a weapon to bring embarrassment to a woman. That woman then becomes “impure,” and cannot ‘be given’ away in marriage. The society we live in makes that woman an ‘untouchable,’ and it is not just that woman who is shamed, but her entire family is.

Saying change should come from within will not help the cause here since it is in human nature to resist change. We have the capacity to change, but we don’t unless we are forced. Unless rape is not considered a shame, the problem will persist.

It is our duty as citizens to force such a change, and that can be done not just by reporting the crime to the  police, but by letting the society and your neighborhood know that you were raped and that you were attacked. We need to say NO to hiding the identity of the victim and that Rape DOES NOT bring shame.

Male dominated society
In our patriarchal society, the value attached to a boy child is more, but sadly, this in no way reflects on the attention that they get. Boys are merely seen as a way to earn money through dowry, when they are married, and as a source for continuation of the patriarchal family name. There is no control over that boy child and the line of right/wrong is greyed. One of the suspects in the Delhi gangrape case is an underage boy.

Boys in this country are taught to respect women by the same men in their households, who behave otherwise. There is no reason why empty preachings should work on kids, when it clearly does not work on even on educated adults.

Kids are impressionable and repeat what they see, so it is just not enough to teach them that men and women are equal; unless we practise it in daily life and set an example, we can’t expect them to. The end result, we have a juvenile sex offender on our hands.

This can only be solved if father’s spend more time with their sons teaching right from wrong, and leading by example. Fathers have to respect mothers, grandfathers have to respect grandmothers and so on. Kids need to be brought up in an environment where they’re not witness to any gender based discrimination.

Women as Law keepers
It is known that the police departments in every city and state in the country are short staffed and are not well emotionally equipped to handle cases. So, instead of wasting money on protest management and water cannons, why not start by staffing the police department? and why not not staff police departments with more women than men?

Can’t policewomen not handle sex offenders? Can’t women regulate traffic better than a man? Can’t women not handle pickpockets and petty thieves? If yes, then doing so makes a lot of sense. Women fight in the army, there already are women police stations, so I for one think they sure can. You would be from a different planet if you think they can’t handle these issues.
If physical attributes and fitness are the ones factors that stop such a move, then cases with the likes of homicide and robberies can be handled, in the same gender ratio, as they are being done so now. But when it comes to likes of sex offenses, traffic, and juvenile delinquents et cetera, I think women will handle do a much better job than than men do now.

Traffic would be better regulated, road rules would be followed and who better to handle children than women. Their innate ability to show compassion and help the correct juveniles would certainly go a long way in helping the society. This helps empower women and with more women on payrolls, that many more families would be benefitted.

These solutions combined with certainty of severe punishments,should go a long way in acting as deterrent crime. The government will handle the issue with what it does best, and laws alone are not going to help, So, its upto us, and only together can we solve this problem – every citizen needs to pitch in.

Talk about stereotyping a TamBrahm !! Phew…

•May 18, 2012 • 5 Comments

The World is not new to stereotypes and India is no exception.

There are the classic stereotypes like Chinese eat dogs, Filipinos eat cats, Koreans eat Cockroaches, and then, there are these localised versions like TamBrahms eat thayir sadham (Curd Rice).

The stereotype war has penetrated from “Being Indian” and into the deep confines of our very own region.

Not many know/ believe in regional stereotypes. I assure you, even if its not there in your region, it certainly IS prevalent in Tamil Nadu.

Though I do not encourage it, I do tend to go by some regional stereotype..why? caus its good fun.

Let me give you a few examples: Tirunelvelli girls are great cooks but thrifty, Tanjore people are brainy, Kumbakonam too clever for their own good, Salem – saadu (read: too lazy to act) and ofcourse, Chennai – Mariyatha illa (Read: people who relocate to chennai earn much and become arrogant) !!

Lately, this  habit of stereotying has even extended into the community of TamBrahms. It is so hard these day to  see a TamBrahm household where these stereotypes cant be found.

I can illustrate this with an example too: A Tam Brahm marriage is the place where the jogging maamis from Panagal Park meet the Walking mamas of Nageshwara Park, to discuss the most important issue, “Who is getting married next”!

In a tam brahm wedding, very few people are actually interested in the wedding. The only thing that interests them is ‘who is going to get married next.’

If you are single and in your twenties, you are doomed. Inevitably, you will find these maamis , who act as scouts and whose lifetime goals consist in finding out the following:

a) Your age?

b) Your job and Pay?

c) When do you plan to get married? (rhetorical question; They will find you a mate, but create a ruckus if it fails. They will take all the credit it it works. Either case you are doomed, only in the latter case yu wont hear the end of it.)

d) Are you going to the USA? If not, why? or What are you doing in India?…Why aren’t you in the US already?

(If you are a TamBrahm, then you are exected to study and work in the You yes of yay. Unless you have an “acceptable” and “well thought of” reply, you are consider the brainless person in the family.)

(FYI: When we say “work in the U.S. of A, we mean exactly that..Entrepreneurship/ running your own business is not considered working..It is a tabo..Dont believe, ask any TamBrahm you know)

e) Are you traditional?  (Read: Religoius person who follows all the TamBrahm practices ! Dude, this is a trick question; If you ever come across this question, your only option is to run…Why? caus your answer does not matter !

If you say Yes, yu will be “rewarded” with a Traditional guy/ Girl. If you say No, well even then the result is the same. Remaning silent is not an option and is the most dangerous risk that you can ever take. They will set you up wit the daughter/ son of a temple priest, and you will have to give up your Auditor job that pays $100,000 to become a priest !

What’s the worse thing that can happen, you ask…Well, there is always this chance that you could figure on a matrimonial ad and you will always be decent looking and fair-in-colour on it !!! )

These stereotypes start with a hint of Casteism. You must know your caste and sub-castes ! You must also know the difference between all the castes and sub-castes. You can start off with knowing the difference between an iyer and an iyengar. Then you have to learn about what makes each sub-caste unique.

If you don’t want all this trouble then tell your folks you are marrying a Jewish-American, and that the marriage is in Ivory Coast ! (There are a few places, like Africa, where TamBrahms wont go; you can find us everywhere else!  )

For your information: There are two broad categories of TamBrams – the Vishnu followers or Iyengars, and the Shiva worshippers or Iyers.

Somewhere along the way the Iyengars frequented Tirupati, and proclaimed that Vishnu is all pervading. (Looks like some Iyers did not protest loudly enough against this…hence the saying, “The Iyer and Iyer you go the Iyengar you become.” )

So, do you, still want to know if you are a tamBrahm? Well, here’s a list of things that will establish your identity as one of us.

Is Tanglish the language of your house? (Read: Tanglish is our proud reference to  the mixture of Tamil and English)

You meet fellow iyers or iyengars, only to find that you’re related to them through your cousin’s father-in-law’s brother’s nephew? (We are a extremely huge family, every wedding will have atleast 600 guests..minimum)

is your dad’s first name your last name? and do you have an Americanized version of your name? (Shyam becomes Sam, Nikhil becomes Nick, and Vigneshwaran becomes Vicki)

Do you have an shortened version of your first name, which is totally unrelated  ? (Krishnaswamy becomes Kichamy, Saraswati becomes Sachu and Parvati becomes Pattu)

Is thayir saatham with narthanga urga (Curd rice with ciitron pickle ) a part of..scratch that..is it you staple diet?

Does your mom scream “etcchal pannathae” at you every other minute? (Read: This commonly happens whenever you bite your nails, lick your finger after eating or drink from glass. The glass is not supposed to touch your lips. If it does…Well, I dont wanna discuss potential doomsday scenarios…it is enough to say that only the all pervading lord can save you)

Do you go to family reunions wearing pants, only to find out that people are offended because you have not draped yourself in a veshtis (dhotis).

Is “Kousalya Supraja…..” on your family’s regular playlist, and does it wake you up better than ANY other alarm clock? (or makes you soo addicted to it, that you cant sleep in the morning without it)

Are your parents’ idols Sivaji and MGR? (Read: RanjiKanth and Kamal Hassan are heros of this generation)

Everytime you meet another Iyer/iyengar of the opposite sex, are your parents thinking “what a cultured boy/girl…marriage potential, should i talk to his/ her parents about it before my son/ daughter, god forbid, falls in love, that too with a Non-brahmin (omg..abhacharaam abhacharaam ! Nowadays, even Christians and Jains are fine, but a TamBrahm is strictly forbidden from marrying a hindu Non-brahmin! What willl agraharam (read: pretentious TamBrahms who live in the confines of a 800 sq. ft house located in and around the 4 roads adjoining a temple) think?)?”

Does your last name exceed the spaces allotted for standardized tests?

Does your family attach the words “di” or “da” to the end of every sentence for the added emphasis?

Do you know your gothram offhand?

Did you learn to sing or play Carnatic music or bharthanatyam before you were 5? or were forced to and given strict instructions that English Music is forbidden because it is crap (read: anything that is not carnatic Music is Crap)

Does your family rant and rave about aviyal, Upma, Kanchipuram Idly and Idly upma?

Did your parents emphasize the importance of “Maths” every time you did your homework? (you are forgiven if you for low scores anyother subject but if you have low scores in math, then you are branded a ‘mandu’ (colloqial tam-brahm Tamil: read: stupid. It is very offensive to us, so we constantly work on improving our numerical skills)

Does your name have some deep-seated religious connotation?

Have you “phoned” Uma on Pepsi Ungal Choice, and called her Pepsi Uma?

Does your entire family have a crush on Uma from Pepsi Ungal Choice?

Do you drink horlicks out of a tumbler (glass) ?

Do you HAVE to “apply” thengaai yennai (read: coconut oil) to your hair on “velli kazhamais (read: fridays) ?”

Do you sit with your family to watch Super Vivek/ Vadivel Comedies?

If even one of the above applies to you (or someone you know), then you are indeed one of us.

As Hutch (Read: thumbal/ sneeze in Colloqial tamBrahm Tamil) says “Where you go, our network follows !” 😛 😀

Of exotic birds and exorbitant prices !

•February 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Be it sighting them from a distance or listening to them sing, people admire birds. But latest reports have revealed that the interest in birds have gone upto the point where admirers have become acquirers.
by Balaji Sridharan
 

Caged - Cockatoos

 

With the state government allocating more money to build parks and make the city greener, Chennai’s ecology is being altered to accommodate every bird watcher’s delight of sighting more birds.

In and around this city, there now are many places where our winged friends throng. About 132 bird species have been sighted and recorded in the Guindy National Park which is the ‘green lung’ of Chennai. Pallikaranai Marsh, near Velachery, is a place within the city where birds throng. Pied Avocets and Greater Flamingos have been spotted here along with 100 other species of birds. In the year 2007 the marsh was declared as a Reserve Forest.

Caged - Macaw

Caged - Macaw

Nanmangalam Reserve Forest, situated near Medavakkam, is another area inside the city where Indian Great Horned Owl and 83 other bird species can be spotted. “Birds migrate in search of food or in search of a better climate to live. Migration does not refer to the influx of foreign birds into environment but also to Indian birds which migrate locally like the Orange-headed Thrush or Greater Flamingos. Though they migrate they do not breed here. They only breed in their respective environments” says Thirunaranan, founder of the NGO Nature Trust.

But migratory birds are no longer the only birds to flock Chennai. Exotic birds of all kinds are flocking Chennai too, only they do not come here on their own; they are traded. Recent findings had rudely awoken us to the fact that Chennai is fast becoming a transit point for trade of exotic birds. People’s interest in birds has gone upto the point where admirers are now becoming acquirers. “The sale of exotic birds used to be in huge magnitude but today after much effort we have curbed it. We have raided many places to ensure that justice is served even to our winged friends. This does not mean that trade in exotic does not happen, it happens but at a very low rate.” says David raj, forest range officer.

“Different types of parrots, like the Macaw, Cockatoos, Parakeets, Cockatiels and Conures are favourites among bird enthusiasts” says Dr. P Fredrick, a veterinarian who specialises on bird health. “Admirers who buy them are not aware of what they are getting into. A Cockatoo or a Macaw should not be bought just for the novelty of it. They are very sensitive and delicate creatures which needs constant care and a loving owner who has a ton of time to spend with them.  They cost a lot and require lots of attention” he adds.

City Markets where the business thrives
Mumbai Crawford Market
Chennai Moore Market
Bangalore Russell Market
Kolkata Hoga Market and 

Hati Bagan

Lucknow Nakhas Market

 

The trade which is prevalent in the areas of the old Crawford market in Mumbai and  Russell Market in Bangalore has slowly but steadily made inroads in Chennai. The  old Moore market near Jawaharlal Nehru stadium facilitates this trade in Chennai.  Cautious traders deny the existence of any such trade while others willing to take the  risk come forward to sell. “We do not sell any Indian birds or exotic birds. We only  sell birds that are legally accepted” said a pet shop owner exercising caution.

A trader couple of shops away differed in his view. “We do not sell any birds which  are prohibited by law but we do sell Macaws and Cockatoos. They are legal and they come with a license” he says. “A Macaw pair costs anywhere around `3 lakhs- `4 lakhs whereas an African Gray costs around `40,000. We also sell Macaws without a mate. We do  have birds that are trained and wild. Wild birds are a little dangerous because they  might bite and the trained ones cost more than the wild ones” he added.

Price of a bird depends on the demand from buyers. It also depends on whether the  buyer wants a licence or not. “The specialty of Macaws is that they learn to talk very  soon. They are big in size and they speak very clearly, like a human. They are  intelligent and serve as good pets because their tendency of not leaving their homes.  This is the reason that they are high priced. The price varies from market to market. I sell Macaws for around `2.5 – `3  lakhs but in Bangalore you can get it for around `2 lakhs. The price also varies on whether a buyer wants license. License for the bird costs a little extra. Sometimes to accommodate a buyer we even sell without license; if the buyer is caught then it his fault for buying without a licence” said another bird seller.

The birds which are sold in the market are generally come from breeding of birds. Very rarely they are caught in the wild. “The birds that are sold in these markets will most probably be in-house bred. This is because it is easy and cheaper to get birds by breeding rather than by catching them in the wild. The people who are in this business of selling exotic birds also resort to the use of incubators to develop eggs. There seems to be a rising demand is in South-East Asian countries for birds from Africa, Australia and other South American countries. The buyers who are interested in buying these birds are generally from a high class, who are very rich and have money at their disposal. They take pride in owning very rare and high priced birds” said Kamraj, a biologist and a bird enthusiast. “The Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, in place to regulate these sorts of activities, is effective. But trades like these still happen because of lack of awareness. The government should try to do more to spread awareness” he added.

Possessing an exotic bird is legal if you have the valid documents but trading in exotic birds seems to be a grey area. The law does not mention in black and white whether the trade in exotic birds is or is not illegal, it only says that it is restricted. This is ambiguous and only results in confusion which has helped the trade to flourish.

A List of Birds and Where to spot them !

•February 20, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Compiled by Balaji Sridharan


Sightings Location

Species of birds that can be sighted

Guindy National Park Guindy, Chennai 132 species can be seen.
Adayar Estuary Adyar, Chennai Waders, Egrets and Herons
Pallikaranai Marsh Velachery, Chennai 100 species can be seen. 

Notable – Greater Flamingos and Pied Avocets

Nanmangalam Reserve Forest Medavakkam, Chennai 80 species can be seen. 

Notable – Indian Great Horned Owl

Muttukadu Lake Kelambakkam, Chennai Waders, Gulls, Terns, huge flocks of Pelicans and Painted storks
Simpson Industrial Estate Sembium, Chennai 80-90 species can be seen. 

Notable – Egrets and Night herons

Madhavaram and Manali Lakes Madhavaram and Manali, Chennai 56 species of wetland and woodland birds 

Notable – only breeding ground for the Pheasant-tailed Jacana

Kalivelli Wetlands Marakanam 180 species of birds can be seen. 

Notable – Northern pintail, Garginey, Waders, Terns, Raptors and wetland birds.

In winter – Lesser Flamingos

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Vedanthangal 75,000 birds have been recorded. It’s a place where the maximum number of wetland species is seen.
Karikili Bird Sanctuary Near Vedanthangal
Pulicat Lake Sullurpet, Andhra Pradesh 150 species of birds can be seen. 

Notable – Flamingos

Annamalaichery Near Sullurpet, Andhra Pradesh
Nellapattu Pelican Sanctuary Sullurpet, Andhra Pradesh 117 species of birds can be seen. 

Notable – Pelicans, water birds, land birds and Raptors

Source: Nature Club, a NGO based in Chennai.

Embracing Valentine’s Day: My Top 5 Romantic Songs

•February 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

There have been sooooooooooooooo many ppl asking me why or rather telling me how unromantic i am. Well heres an answer to all yu ppl…..mayb sometimes i am thickskinned when it comes to picking up on a signal but i-absafuckinloutely-am a romantic at heart.

In the run up to Valentine’s day here is my List of the Top 5 Romantic Songs that no one should miss:

#5 is “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”

AEROSMITH

If you swear by doing things by passion then Aerosmith is your guy! Watch him perform, you will certainly define new limits for everything… What passion, what energy is displayed on stage, when he performs.. Truely a Rock Legend who rocks the stage.. So here you go. Rock On Romantically!

#4.  Careless Whisper

WHAM!

I present you #3 on my list , “Careless Whisper” by “Wham/George Micheal”. This song is beautiful not because of the lyrics or the theme but because of the instrumental melody and the passionate voice of George. Just close your eyes and hear the sugary Saxophone sound and tears will well in you eyes and the heart will surge with emotion. This song was #1 in the late 1980s. Need i say more?

 

#3. The Way You Look Tonight

Tony Bennett

Being a Jazz enthusiast I cannot forget the Romantic song by Jazz singing Legend Tony Bennett, “The Way You Look Tonight”. Bennett has won 15 Grammy Awards and 2 Emmy Awards. He is 80+  now and sings the same as you heard him on the first day of his career. You will definitely enjoy his innocent narration hugged by his music. When the world is cold, I will feel a glow just thinking of you… And the way you look tonight………. wah !!


#2. Wonderful tonight

Eric Clapton

This song.. I must say is one of the best english romantic songs I have ever heard!!

Trivia – In the 24th (last) episode of the 6th season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, when Chandler proposes to Monica (or vice versa 😉 ) this song was played in the background!!! This is also Monica’s favourite song! When I am going to marry, if not at the marriage mandap, I will play this somewhere somehow at least once for sure 😉

This one is the live performance of Eric Clapton at Hyde Park London in 1996.

#1. Wicked Game

Chris Isaak

The Number 1 of my favourite Romantic song of the century is Chris Isaak – Wicked Game. The haunting voice of Chris is addictive. You can hear this songs in a loop and can never be bored, such is the quality and the clarity. I listen to this song everyday at least once…and those who have seen me putting on my headphones while driving..its the 1st song i listen ! 😉 😉

WWW: Web World War?

•December 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Following the attacks on Wikileaks by non-supporters and attacks by Wikileaks supporters, we ponder whether we are  heading towards a World War on the Virtual world.

Anonymous - The Rebel Group

 

The successful attempts, by the supporters of Julian Assange, at hacking major sites like Visa and MasterCard, could very well be the tip of an iceberg. While the 20th century saw two world wars, the 21st century, caught up in the virtual world, might be on the verge of witnessing the 1st web world war!

In the wake of arrest of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, a group of his supporters calling themselves ‘Anonymous’, hacked major websites. Claiming to be “average Internet citizens motivated by a collective sense of being fed up with all the minor and major injustices witnessed everyday”, they targeted the corporate websites of Visa and MasterCard for withdrawal of services to Wikileaks.

In retaliation to the release of classified diplomatic cables, Wikileaks faced multiple cyber attacks. The site became offline for long periods of time. Amazon Web Services kicked Wikileaks off its servers claiming that the site broke rules designed to ensure that all sites can use their own content and don’t injure other with their activity. So, Wikileaks soon found another company for hosting.

Soon after, online service provider Pay Pal too cancelled the account Wikileaks used for donations claiming that the company had infringed upon its policy that the money transferred cannot be used for any kind of illegal activity.

Triggering a war in the virtual world, the Pro-wikileaks hackers now have engaged in ‘Operation Payback’. Anonymous, along with members of the hacker network 4chan have indulged in multiple DDoS attacks against the websites of organizations and individuals that they deem to be troubling WikiLeaks’ efforts to release classified materials and raise funds. While it is apparent from the attacks that their goals are to prevent other companies from bowing down to undue political pressure, the pro- Wikileaks hackers have called the attack on Pay Pal as “an attempt to raise awareness.”

The use of “mirror sites” has proven to be a smart move by Wikileaks. While companies and governments are struggling to take the site down, Wikileaks has been requesting its online supporters to host a copy of the site through Twitter. This has emerged a successful with many supporters responding to it.

Today, Assange who was arrested for questioning over alleged sex crimes has been granted bail in London with several conditions that includes a £200,000 security to the court and a further £40,000 cash guarantees from two sureties of £20,000 each. But he is not yet freed.

So is the beginning of the 1st web world war? We cannot be sure. But if so, it might just be the time to invest in companies that bid on the government security programs.

Wikileaks – A Documentary

Call To Unite : A Message from the Rebellious Group “Anonymous”

 
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