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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.

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.

The Times of India reported that the government had also moved to block access to certain Twitter accounts that were spoofing the prime minister. Six accounts – with names such as PM0India, Indian-pm and PMOIndiaa – were blocked on Tuesday. It is believed that local internet service providers were responsible for putting the block in place. An official from the prime minister’s office told the Times of India: “We are fine with parody, even though at times it is in bad taste, and there is criticism of the government. A fake account spoofing the Indian prime minister has been blocked in the country “But we cannot allow anyone to misrepresent the PM’s office and tweet nonsense from these accounts,” he said.

The Times of India reported that the government had also moved to block access to certain Twitter accounts that were spoofing the prime minister. Six accounts – with names such as PM0India, Indian-pm and PMOIndiaa – were blocked on Tuesday. It is believed that local internet service providers were responsible for putting the block in place. An official from the prime minister’s office told the Times of India: “We are fine with parody, even though at times it is in bad taste, and there is criticism of the government. A fake account spoofing the Indian prime minister has been blocked in the country "But we cannot allow anyone to misrepresent the PM’s office and tweet nonsense from these accounts,” he said.