Google is not very strict with the six month rule, as long as the content URL - whether it is a website or blogspot blogsite or the HubPages - has substantial original content.
All it evaluates is for good original content and I have seen Indian publishers get adsense approval much, much before six months.
Having said that, Google does have this policy documented in its site and it puts publishers from Asian countries at disadvantage (compared with the publishers from other countries).
While Google is little bit flexible in giving the Adsense approval, it is ruthless in banning the Adsense accounts at the first instance of any violation. I guess it is particularly severe on Asian countries on this.
The flip side is some genuine publishers from these countries is also affected due to the spamming acts of few.