The current political climate in India has seen increasing tensions between different political factions. The Opposition is planning a grand meeting in Patna on June 23, under the invitation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Recent reports suggest that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met with an American-based Islamic advocacy group funded by ISI, the Indian American Muslim Council.
The Congress party has reportedly employed a significant number of influencers to shape public narratives in its favor. The party’s efforts seem to have yielded results, as it recently secured a resounding victory in Karnataka. Additionally, Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the United States, where he reportedly met with White House Official Donald Lu, has raised questions about potential international alliances and agendas.
Big Tech companies such as Amazon, Google, Netflix, and Microsoft have reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with the Narendra Modi government, as they faced scrutiny from a parliamentary panel for alleged anti-competitive practices. Google, in particular, has been fined by the Competition Commission of India. The Indian government’s plans to develop its own proprietary products, including the open e-commerce network ONDC, indigenous satellite navigation services Navic, and the free and open-source operating system BharOS, have raised concerns for Big Tech companies who may fear losing their influence in the Indian market.
Reports have emerged about Twitter and Facebook allegedly shadow banning nationalist supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There is a flood of anti-Modi, anti-RSS, and anti-Hindutva content on digital platforms, allegedly amplified by Congress-paid influencers. The achievements of the Modi government are being suppressed, and there have been instances of restrictions placed on posts by Union Ministers such as Amit Shah.
These circumstances indicate the existence of a toolkit-based dissemination and amplification of information aimed at spreading false narratives and confusing pro-government voters, potentially influencing election outcomes. Manipulation of Google searches, shadow banning on YouTube and Facebook, and account restrictions on Twitter, coupled with the categorization of nationalist posts as hate speech, are alleged tactics employed by Big Tech to potentially favor compliant governments over nationalist ones.
Given India’s emergence as the pharmacy of the world through vaccine exports and the success of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system, which has been hailed as an alternative to the SWIFT messaging system, it becomes crucial to consider the potential influence of external actors. Claims have been made about a cabal led by figures like George Soros and Bill Gates, who are members of the Bilderberg committee, allegedly planning regime change by inciting violence, damaging infrastructure, and creating an atmosphere of fear ahead of the G20 summit. The intention behind such actions would be to compel Prime Minister Modi to invite Ukrainian President Zelensky and weaken ties with Russia.
The complacency of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Information Technology cell since its victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections necessitates a reevaluation and fresh approach to counter the information warfare allegedly employed by Congress and anti-national forces. The objective should be clear: effectively disseminate information about government welfare schemes. The party must learn from past mistakes, such as the overreliance on the India Shining campaign, which resulted in the BJP’s defeat in 2004. Building personal connections with the people is crucial for electoral success, and it is high time for elected representatives and party workers to actively engage with the public and rectify any damage caused by complacency. While the charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a significant asset, it is essential for the BJP’s Information Technology cell to remain vigilant and adapt to the evolving political landscape.