Anatomy of an internet troll: How social media birthed a strange new phenomenon in India, the bhakts

The rise of internet and social media has led to a strange new discovery in India. It is the strong and distinctive presence of a cyber species often referred to as ‘bhakts’. The term is used to refer to owners of right wing user accounts who tend to be aggressive fans of all things Hindu.

Politically they often lend their support to BJP, seen as a somewhat pro-Hindu organisation. They are extremely protective of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They also like old Hindu kings and conspiracy theories

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