India’s ruling party ordered online abuse of opponents, claims book

It was always a known fact that the BJP and its parent RSS manipulated social media as well as mass media to brainwash voters in the 2014 Parliamentary elections. Anybody who was perceived to not toy the right wing line of Modi, Amit Shah, their party and the RSS, were criticised, trolled and abused in the worst way possible. Their political rivals were decimated rightly or wrongly. Even a clean man of the calibre of Dr Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister, was badly attacked and portrayed as a villan.

My next article “Silencing Public Dissent: Right-wing domination, Digital Networking and Social Media” explores this gagging and trolling practice online, especially in the context of TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai deactivating his Twitter account after being trolled and abused. The article is expected to be published by an international journal, soon.


Former volunteer for the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) says she was told to criticise journalists, actors and political figures online

Narendra Modi
The volunteer says Narendra Modi’s campaign posted criticism on social media about public figures who did not support him. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Social media trolling against Indian public figures including journalists and actors has been directly co-ordinated from inside the country’s ruling party, a new book has claimed.

An Indian former troll has alleged the 2014 prime ministerial campaign of Narendra Modi used social media volunteers to push critical messages about public figures perceived to be opposed to the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP).

Whether intended by the BJP or not, the social media campaigns would often spill over into religious and sexual trolling of the target, especially if it was a woman, ….


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