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:
Each product is sold by multiple sellers at different prices. Sellers claim that Amazon has been manipulating the listings to push products sold by its own sellers right up. So, when you try searching for a product, most chances are the first few will be products sold by Amazon..
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.
This is possibly one of the most popular songs. It's lyrics, "Har Ghar Bhagwa Chhayega." Talks of violence against those who oppose Ram, how Hindus are India's pride, that everyone must say Vande Mataram if they want to live in India. 23 MILLION VIEWS. It even has a sequel now.
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.
Like Motilal and his family in Gumla district, a Naxal-affected district in Jharkhand. They told me how they could never go out after dark, earlier--the violence was so bad. But, the Modi govt acted against Naxals. (Data proves this). They feel safe.