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Independent Journalist. Journalism through words and podcasts. A @SOAS Development Studies alumnus. Send leads, tips: kunal(dot)purohit@protonmail.com
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May 11 7 tweets 2 min read
🚨Be very alert and cautious when you receive direct messages from absolute strangers on social media and messaging apps.

Someone I know has had a scary, nightmarish encounter: 🧵 This person, a well-to-do businessman in his 60s, not too tech-savvy, got a WhatsApp message from an unknown number. He responded to the 'Hello'.

Within minutes, he got a video call from that number.
Feb 28 6 tweets 4 min read
🧵Thread: Indians fleeing Ukraine are being assaulted, harassed.

The US had been mulling evacuations since December, repeatedly told its citizens to leave.

India’s ‘advisory’ came only on 15 Feb.

But across BJP-run WhatsApp groups, none of this matters: ImageImage In this parallel world, the Ukraine evacuation of Indian students is a smashing success. So smashing that it has never been done before.

All on the basis of a video by ONE student who said he was treated warmly as he travelled across Ukraine.

“Why this was not before 2014?” ImageImage
Nov 7, 2021 7 tweets 4 min read
Hours after this story was published, detailing how #MunawarFaruqui and #NalinYadav have been hounded, Yadav was detained for an hour by the MP Police at 2am outside his house in Pithampur, MP last night.

Short thread. @Article14live Yadav was stepping out of his home when 6-7 police officials from the Pithampur sector 1 police station accosted him.

Yadav says they were drunk and were accompanied by members of local Hindu right-wing groups who have, often, targeted him after his arrest.
Nov 6, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Inside the Hindutva campaign to derail #MunawarFaruqui ‘s career:

Coordinated online campaigns pushed by handles linked to BJP leaders, threats to organisers & police + asking portals to stop selling his show tickets.

Latest for @Article14live

article-14.com/post/hashtags-… Emboldened by six cancellations of #MunawarFaruqui shows in the last one month, Hindu right-wing groups tell me they won’t allow his shows anywhere in the country.

Next on their radar are upcoming shows in Mumbai and asking #BookMyShow to stop selling his tickets.
Jun 23, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
Exclusive: A firm with links to senior BJP leaders and Modi's ministers is at the heart of the Kumbh fake testing scam.

The firm got the work even after being rejected at first. Its wrongdoings were ignored, despite many red flags.
I report for @TheWire

thewire.in/politics/kumbh… After applying for the work, the firm’s founder-partner Sharat Pant, met with the likes of JP Nadda, Smriti Irani, Anurag Thakur.

Pant’s uncle was a close aide of the late Ananth Kumar and works in the Modi gov.

This proximity helped. Here's how: thewire.in/politics/kumbh…
Oct 7, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
Exclusive: How the frenzy around #SushantSinghRajput 's death was created:

Millions of users on Facebook Pages and Groups peddled wild conspiracy theories, conducted parallel investigations and targeted those it believed were "guilty." @Article14live

article-14.com/post/online-gr… Users posted wild, wild allegations--from how Salman Khan was harvesting children's organs for a chemical that kept him young, to how #SSR was trying to save a trafficked child, when he was killed.

Many said his death was beamed live to Dawood Ibrahim on the dark net. Image
Sep 1, 2020 8 tweets 3 min read
Thread: Last week, I wrote in @Article14live how Facebook has been shielding the BJP for over the year, and the deep, commercial ties between them.
On Monday, I deposed before the Delhi Assembly's committee investigating Facebook's role in fanning hate.
For over 3 years, I have tracked how FB and WhatsApp have normalised hate. This is crucial because hate is a slow-trickling tap and it builds up overtime, solidifying biases and prejudice. FB and WA have played a very damaging role in this.
Jun 5, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
Over the last two days, I have seen first-hand the absolute collapse of health infrastructure in Mumbai. My uncle died of COVID-19 and here's what I know--be very scared.

A thread. Uncle was persistently coughing for 3 days, had breathlessness. For 2 days, he couldn't get a test. Third day, he got a test. Report only in 2 days.

But, 24 hours after the test, he was dead.
May 16, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
Spent the day on Mumbai's borders, amidst the unending exodus of migrant workers. Here is why #SelfReliantIndia is not really a choice. Illyas has been waiting on the highway in Thane for 2 days. He had 100 rupees, borrowed money from 20 people and now has 500. He wants to go back home to West Bengal.
Jan 27, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
I decided to fact-check Piyush Goyal's outburst against Amazon a week ago, and realised that he might have a point or two. A thread about Amazon's trade practices:
scmp.com/week-asia/econ… Over the last one week, I spoke to numerous traders as well as sellers who sell on Amazon and Flipkart. Flagging major issues they raise: Amazon Global owns 24% stake in two of the biggest sellers on Amazon-Cloudtail and Appario. Here's why this gets problematic:
Jun 3, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
A quick thread into the little-known world of Hindutva Pop Music. I spent a couple of weeks in Jharkhand, investigating hate crimes and polarisation. One big annual event that I found was driving tensions up was the local Ram Navami procession. Here's what would happen. Typically, armed processions would stop in front of mosques and play communally-charged songs. Songs were the weapon. That's when I discovered this parallel world of Hindutva music. It's what many, many youngsters are listening to, using them as caller tunes, popular ringtones.
May 23, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Unpopular opinion on Twitter, but here's what I found in my travel across Jharkhand and UP. People are always not voting for Modi because they are rabid right-wingers, fans of nationalism etc. Many are voting simply because their lives are better off now. (Thread) Like Geeta Devi, who has always backed the JVM, in this village of Jharkhand. She got a free gas cylinder. She saw everyone else getting a free home, too. That's why, she like villagers around her, backed Modi.
Sep 29, 2017 9 tweets 2 min read
The story of #Elphinstone is the story of Mumbai: each piece sold away by scum politicians, babus, builders, no care for the common man 1/n #Elphinstone was d heart of Mumbai's mill economy. When mills shut down, govt had land all around, which it could have used to plan better 2