The government’s actions caused an uproar on Twitter, where hashtags such as #GOIBlocks and #Emergency2012 were trending Thursday. “The Emergency” refers to a period in the 1970s when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi cracked down on media freedoms and civil liberties.
“The government’s move to block several Twitter handles is a clear case of administrative overreach,” said Sunil Abraham, executive director at the Bangalore-based Centre for Internet and Society. “This action means citizens are less likely to believe that the government can use its powers responsibly.”
Government officials said Internet curbs are necessary to maintain harmony in a multicultural nation of 1.2 billion people.