Youtube could be banned in India due to a supposedly offensive video of Mahatma Gandhi doing a Pole dance and other ungandhi like antics. The video features a comedy skit by a Hawaii-based Non-Resident Indian, Gautham Prasad, who has now apologized to the people offended by the video. The Indian Government has been regularly banning sites which it feels are not in the best interests of the country. Popular sites like Yahoogroups and Blogger had been temporarily banned at one time in India for the same reason. Youtube too could share the same fate, albeit temporarily.Link to blog entry, Link to video.
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Reader comment: Tore Sinding Bekkedal says,
It might be worth noting that the Norwegian government TV channel, NRK, reported on this, but instead of the pole dancing video, showed the clip "Gandhi II" from the cult classic movie "UHF" by Weird Al Yankovic. Maybe they just did a search on YouTube for Gandhi?
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