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12 Jan, 13 tweets, 11 min read
No longer Amit Malvias trolls - thread.

GauPees trolls have evolved and organized themselves. I hope this will give tweeps (especially Muslims) some insight into their activities & how they are managed from the top of BJP chain.

Enabled by @TwitterIndia and @TwitterSupport

GauPees are literally a rupee a dozen in India - given the dismal employment conditions there.

And there are a lot of free college grads looking to make a quick buck to make a downpayment on their pakoda stall. There is a lot of competition there - and a lot of hard work.

So what does a GauPee who wants to network in the corridors of Hindutva powers & pick off the juicy breadcrumbs that fall off their table to do?

They volunteer to join IT cells - contrary to popular myth - they are not paid Rs. 2 per tweet. They are paid in hopes & dreams.

Meet @Deshi_Army - a vast network of GauPee trolls that is based in California.

Why California? Because what they are doing - targeted harassment and defamation is a crime in India - but comes under FoE in the USA.

Groups like these are where the trolls start their lives.

.@Deshi_Army goes after any account that is even mildly critical of Hindutva policies in India and they do it under the pretext of - you guessed it - nationalism and patriotism.

Even if you do not belong to the proscribed groups - you will be labeled as such and hounded.

.@Deshi_Army is controlled by @OfficeofDA which takes in high level requests for account take-downs.

Here is .@MODIfiedVikas congratulating .@Deshi_Army on the takedown of @saliltripathis account. .@verified Hindutva accounts act as conduits to most of these hate groups.

.@OfficeofDA is handled by @AskAnshul aka Mota bhai - a Hindutva operative currently based in Singapore.

Anshul was promoted to this role after a spate of doxxings and arrests of Indians accused of anti-national SM posts after the Pulwama incident.

.@OfficeofDA and numerous such sister organizations are managed by BJP operatives. These include @KapilMishra_IND who orchestrated the Delhi anti-Muslim pogrom in Feb 2020.

The older guard of abusive trolls under Amit Malviya has evolved.

So here’s .@Bhgwa2020 directing another reporting group to take down a Hindutva regime critic. This completes the link from @narendramodi and @KapilMishra_IND down to coolies like .@HuntDownAccount.

The handle will then be relentlessly trolled and reported to @TwitterSupport

The lower level trolls take over. They monitor different groupings and fault-lines among Muslims - & instead of trolling or abusing - take advantage of it by amplifying them.

For instance, @IndiaOSInt has blocked all accounts it targets - only the audience sees this tweet.

So instead of an Indian Muslim criticizing their government for non-performance and persecution - it becomes something more sinister. An anti-national funded by “foreign powers” to destabilize and destroy India. That narrative is also getting stale.

They have gone as far as to use the Saudi-Turkey relationship issue to polarize Indian Muslims. And they know exactly which account to target to increase their response.

These targeted harassment is against @Twitter and @TwitterSupport policies. However, these groups operate openly and sometimes with logistic support from @TwitterIndia to silence Hindutva critics - and @vijaya @misskaul can't do @jack about it.

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Who are the Sarkari Muslims and how to make them irrelevant today: A thread.

In this thread, we will discuss the evolution of Sarkari Muslims, their devolution and their irrelevance to current Muslim discourse in India.

Who are the Sarkaris?

Back when mass media was government controlled - the Indian government needed some Muslim faces to keep up the pretense of inclusion and secularism.

These Muslim faces (sarkaris) spoke to the Muslim masses on behalf of the government and vice versa.

Though one of their functions was to raise Muslim concerns to the ruling class - they failed in that aspect - because the rulers saw them as propaganda pieces rather than real partners.

Instead sarkaris were used for Mushairas, Tamashas and the yearly Iftar party.

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