Tag Archives: Censorship

PGP and revoked key

Been playing around with PGP again and stupidly imported my revocation key!

Thankfully, I had not uploaded that revocation to the key server, so using this tip I managed to “undo” the revocation.

And to preserve this knowledge from link rot I’ll paste it here:

It turns out that it is possible (and relatively simple) to delete and re-import the key, provided that it is on a keyserver (and provided that the revocation has not been sent to the keyserver, of course).

This is what I found to work (THEKEYID is the short ID of the key):

Delete the public key as follows (the –expert option allows the public key to be deleted whilst the private key is kept) :
gpg –expert –delete-key THEKEYID

Confirm by pressing:

Fetch the public key again from a keyserver:
gpg –keyserver subkeys.pgp.net –recv-keys THEKEYID


Presumably this could also be done from a local (pre-revocation) backup of the public key, using gpg –import public.key instead of the third command.

Simply deleting the entire key (public and private) from the GPG Keychain Access GUI, and then restoring from a backup, did not work – I don’t know why.

Alternately, you can just as easily use a previously sent copy of your public key (in case you have the file/mail) you can just import it after the deletion from file.

gpg –import

Just useful to have! 🙂

Rebel with a cause

Excited about watching Anand Patwardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade, organised by the Programme for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, JNU.

Films of Anand Patwardhan

Jai Bhim Comrade (2012, 198 mins)

India’s Dalit (oppressed) castes were abhorred as “untouchables”. The film, shot over 14 years follows the music of protest of Maharashtra’s Dalits. In an age of increasing bigotry and superstition, it is both a record of recent history as well as eloquent testimony to a rationalist tradition that has survived amongst the subaltern for thousands of years.

Patwardhan is known (as per Wikipedia) for his activism through social action documentaries on topics such as corruption, slum dwellers, nuclear arms race, citizen activism and communalism. And he’s had a tough time fighting for his own cause to bring these stories into the public view, with government censors clamping down and DDTV (India’s government sponsored TV channel) refusing to broadcast them.

At the end of the movie, there’s going to be a Q&A with him too and I’m looking forward to hear him speak about his perspective on “shining India”.

Yeah, India is conservative when it comes to obscenity, and I’m not for fighting public sensitivities against sex and profane language, but I am for fighting any censorship to block access to information which may “upset the public”, especially if it concerns wrongdoings that have been neglected or condoned in the name of the aam aadmi.

Welcome to Prozac Nation, India!

Following the glorious manner in which the Rajasthani government dealt with Salman Rushdie, it was today Shiv Sena’s and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s (ABVP) turn. I think the government can serve as such a great role model. Let’s bow to some more of these hurt sentiments and perhaps, we should all stop being critical or informed, because of course learning more about real issues and challenges will  hurt some more sentiments. Yes, I think we should work towards sparing our sentiments a lot more. How about Prozac, or some such mood elevator? We should just mix it into our water supplies and be all happy that we live in such a beautiful perfect country where Kashmiris are all happy, the Army commits no atrocities and corruption doesn’t exist. Let’s get rid of any mention of poverty, inequality, brutality and all such things, after all, confronting them can be hurtful to our sentiments.

ABVP’s perception of Jashn-E-Azadi as anti-Indian, anti-Army and separatist may or may or may not be correct. Are we as Indians supposed to object to viewpoints with censorship? Calling for cancelling the screening of the movie, and the Symbiosis University’s giving into it are both acts of abject cowardice. If the documentary is based on flawed premises and presents false or incorrect information, the ABVP’s and Symbiosis’ stance should be raise a debate around the issue and sue the filmmaker for libel! There is a correct way of dealing with the issue.

What is anti-Indian? What is anti-Army? What is separatist? I say that the ABVP is anti-Indian, anti-Army and separatist! By their measure we would never take a critical look at India, our Army and the causes for the unrest in Kashmir. Leaving these issues unaddressed would be a disservice to our fellow countrymen, to the upstanding members of the Army and our Government who would see injustices corrected.

On the Shiv Sena’s ransacking, the BJP’s craven response is to condemn the attack and advise the media to be more responsible with the reportage even while the BJP continues to ally with them. Shiv Sena’s approach to political effectiveness (read page 3 in link) is aggression.  Their motivations are based in fear and in divisive politics. The broad condemnation of their action gives me hope, but condemnation should only be the starting point of dealing with a militant organization bent on using force to wrest power. This is the kind of politics that if allowed to grow, will ultimately undermine India. I suggest that the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad direct their agitations to the likes of Shiv Sena if they really want to serve our country.

HT’s take on “If Rushdie had spoken”

Excellent satire :

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Is India against Free Speech?

I think there is a certain lunacy going about in India where our politicians believe they have the right to curtail free speech in the name of “communal peace”. Last year, a movie was censored for having a banner stating “Free Tibet”. Kapil Sibal recently spoke of articles circulated on Facebook inciting communal violence. The Indian courts are asking over 20 internet companies including Google, Microsoft and others to block access to “objectionable content”. They’re being threated with blockage – so perhaps an Indian firewall to dwarf China’s will be built. Perhaps, we’ll even buy it from Turkey.

Google received 385 take down notices from India between June 2010- January 2011. Here are the details. So, of 385 requests, 255 are classified by Google as critical of the government.

Today, we find Rajasthan’s government or police may have presented false information to scuttle Salman Rushdie’s visit to the Jaipur Litfest. And now when the organizers are trying to arrange a video conference with the author, there appears government pressure against that, with possible threats of legal action against the conference and its organizers.

The Hindu has learnt that the Chief Minister would be willing to give permission if the organisers give an assurance that there would be no provocative questions asked, no exchanges with the public, no dialogue but a simple reading out of a statement.

source: The Hindu.

I wonder what the Indian version of SOPA/PIPA would look like.

A cool lark:

Indian Censors want to remove Tibet references in movie

This is completely unacceptable. While I may support censorship of content for foul language, etc. Censorship of references to Tibet is an attack at Freedom of Speech.

Here’s the article from Mumbai Mirror. Thanks to @ShashiTharoor for tweeting about this.