India Doesn’t Have a Whatsapp Problem – India Has a Hindutva Problem
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India Doesn’t Have a Whatsapp Problem – India Has a Hindutva Problem

India has been facing a manifold crisis in which religious and ethnic minority groups and Dalits (those whose historic caste was that of untouchability) are facing a wave of sexual and physical violence as well as violence against their property and livelihoods. Recently, a series of rumours spread on messenger apps including and especially Whatsapp have…

China’s ‘Private Army’ Prowls the ‘New Silk Road’
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China’s ‘Private Army’ Prowls the ‘New Silk Road’

It has been described as China’s ‘Private Army.’ Fueled by growing demand from domestic companies involved in the multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, independent security groups are expanding in the country. In 2013, there were 4,000-registered firms, employing more than 4.3 million personnel. By 2017, the figure had jumped to 5,000 with staff numbers hovering…