The newspaper tells me this morning that it’s only Kannada channels today, at least from 6 am to 6 pm. I turn on the TV and I can’t see any of the regularly-visited channels, not even the news in English. Talk about a nice way to force people to understand Kannada. It’s brilliant.
The reason the channels are off the air is that the Cable TV Operator association (or whatever it is they’re called) has given their support to the bandh. Wonder if they’ll give me back one day’s money for service disrupted. That would be a good idea for a large-scale protest–every cable subscriber doesn’t pay the day’s subscription fee or asks for a refund. Or maybe, call the cable operator’s association and tells them that we’ll all move to Tata Sky. 
I think the other reason for this blackout is that the Reading-In-Kannada-Is-Good-For-You foundation is backing the bandh, to ensure that children read books instead of watching Pogo and Disney channel. It’s a different matter that children are reading Harry Potter (in English) or playing games on their computer.
It’s a wonder that I live in Bangalore and am still able to write in English on my blog. The Internet is next.
 — Don’t Tata Sky or the other DTH providers realise that this is a golden opportunity? Provide people an easy way to jump and make it affordable, and we’ll jump. Some will.