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Jul 18 18 tweets 38 min read
Journalists. Activists. Opposition leaders. All reportedly targeted with a military-grade spyware. This is a thread of stories from @thewire_in, as we mark one year of Pegasus revelations.
#Pegasus #PegasusSpyware… NSO Group, the Israeli company which sells Pegasus worldwide, says its clients are confined to "vetted governments", which rules out the possibility that any private entity in India or abroad is responsible for the infections. | @svaradarajan…
Jul 6 9 tweets 5 min read
"I am processing mountains of hate and filth. It is so gory that it is hard to breathe."

Within hours of @LeenaManimekali sharing the poster of herself dressed as Kaali, smoking a cigarette, the hashtag #ArrestLeenaManimekalai began to trend on Twitter.… @LeenaManimekali This further escalated and two FIRs have been registered against the filmmaker, one in New Delhi and the other in Lucknow.

Karnataka BJP leader K.S. Eshwarappa went as far as saying that those who insult Hindus “should be hanged or killed by bullets”.…
Jul 6 10 tweets 4 min read
As the nation celebrates 75 years of its Independence from British rule, the contrast between 'independence' and 'freedom' seems to have become more and more marked. | Pawanpreet Kaur… An ongoing exhibition in Delhi organised by SAHMAT (Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust) engages with the many meanings of freedom, and frames these within the larger politico-cultural landscape of contemporary India.…
Jul 2 15 tweets 35 min read
BREAKING | An investigation by The Wire has uncovered the existence of a network of 757 Twitter accounts
used to mount coordinated attacks against @AltNews, of which one tweet was used to arrest @zoo_bear. | @KaulAyushman
@therealnaomib @onosmosis report.… @AltNews @zoo_bear @KaulAyushman @therealnaomib @onosmosis This arrest is the culmination of a years-long campaign by a network of anonymous and inauthentic accounts linked to Vikash Ahir, state president of the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) and co-convenor of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in Gujarat.…
Jul 1 4 tweets 3 min read
In an interview with Karan Thapar, Justice Deepak Gupta, former Supreme Court judge, explains why the arrest of @zoo_bear and the denial of bail was wrong – and worrying.
@zoo_bear "Mohammed Zubair's tweet was not offensive and did not violate any law," says Justice Deepak Gupta.
Jun 7 12 tweets 7 min read
The GOI says that Nupur Sharma (erstwhile official BJP spokesperson) Naveen Kumar Jindal were 'fringe' in its response to international outrage.

But is it? 🧐

Here are 10 BJP leaders & workers notorious for their anti-Muslim views. | @therealnaomib… @therealnaomib 1. Yogi Adityanath:

With hundreds of dog-whistles against Muslims, the CM of UP made anti-Muslim one of his primary political planks.

He promised 'bulldozer politics', and not in a metaphorical way.

Here's our analysis of his hate speech.…
Jun 4 6 tweets 10 min read
"The accused and the conspirators of the violence will be booked under the Gangster Act and their properties will be seized or demolished," said Additional director general (law and order) Prashant Kumar. | @AsadRizviJourno
#KanpurViolence… @AsadRizviJourno In the recently held UP elections, the 'bulldozer' was used by BJP leaders as a metaphor to demonstrate their willingness to act against what CM @myogiadityanath called 'encroachers' and 'gangsters'. | @TheOtherKaskar @OohiniMukhopad1 and @rkarnad
Apr 22 17 tweets 9 min read
Today, the primary impulse behind the 'riot' remains but the 'system' has undergone a change of technology. | @svaradarajan… @svaradarajan Instead of a short, intense bout of large-scale violence in a geographically confined area, the preferred method is to terrorise with a thousand cuts.…
Apr 2 11 tweets 4 min read
The age of inflation is upon us. | Kaushal Shroff
#RussiaUkraineConflict… Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), consumer durables, cars, two-wheelers, fuel, fertilisers, steel, nickel, semi-conductors and many other finished products as well as raw materials have witnessed a steep price hike in the last few months.…
Apr 2 16 tweets 13 min read
Hours after @narendramodi acted to oust Alok Verma from his post as head of CBI at midnight on October 23, 2018, an unidentified Indian agency known to be a user of #Pegasus made a note of 3 telephone numbers registered in his name. | @svaradarajan
#Replug… @narendramodi @svaradarajan The blow the Modi govt gave that night was accompanied by a second sucker punch: someone with the keys to India's hush-hush spyware deployment system received authorisation to add Verma's numbers to a list of persons of interest selected for surveillance.…
Apr 2 14 tweets 11 min read
3 years after he was removed as director of CBI by a High Powered Committee (HPC) headed by @narendramodi, Alok Kumar Verma is still struggling to obtain information through the RTI Act, pertaining to the corruption cases filed against him. | @gaurav5173… @narendramodi @gaurav5173 Verma's case is yet another example of how officers who run foul of the government find it tough to get justice or even information through various institutions.…
Apr 1 10 tweets 7 min read
Hitting out at the BJP, Nationalist Congress Party chief @PawarSpeaks accused it of creating a "poisonous atmosphere" in the country by spreading "false propaganda" about the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley through #TheKashmirFiles.… @PawarSpeaks "Such a film should not have been cleared for screening. But it is given tax concessions and those responsible for keeping the country united are encouraging people to watch the film that stokes anger among people," Pawar said.…
Apr 1 29 tweets 10 min read
As I approached the venue of the Expo 2020 Dubai, the intricately woven, carbon-fibre latticed entrance gate, created by the London-based Asif Khan Studio, took my breath away, writes R. Nagesh.
#DubaiExpo2020… The Japan pavilion facade, which made one think joyously of origami art, was an exquisite demonstration of the theme of connecting minds – its distinct three-dimensional lattice work sought to combine traditional Japanese and Arab patterns.…
Apr 1 8 tweets 4 min read
Pakistan summoned a senior US diplomat and lodged a strong protest over America's alleged "interference" in its internal affairs, according to media reports on Friday.… In a live address to the nation, @ImranKhanPTI discussed a 'threat letter' and termed it as part of a foreign conspiracy to remove him as he was not acceptable for following an independent foreign policy.…
Mar 26 18 tweets 16 min read
"Hold your tongue, I have your entire janampatri," Prime Minister @narendramodi had warned the Congress in a 2017 election rally, using a Hindi word that refers to both a person's horoscope and to his past. | P. Raman… @narendramodi Modi's blunt threat came during the assembly elections in February 2017, months before his Israel visit which reportedly led to India acquiring the spyware Pegasus.
Mar 25 4 tweets 2 min read
The expert committee appointed by SC to probe the alleged use of Pegasus spyware against journalists, opposition politicians, judges and others, has sought comments from the public on 11 queries pertaining to the issue until March 31.
#Pegasus… The committee, led by former Supreme Court Justice R.V. Raveendran, was set up on October 27 last year.…
Mar 25 9 tweets 6 min read
"Foreign minister Wang Yi and I have been in touch even though we have not visited each other's countries. We have had telephonic conversations between this period," said external affairs minister @DrSJaishankar. | @DevirupaM @DrSJaishankar @DevirupaM "The focus of the interactions had been the situation at the border. Our meeting had led to an understanding on de-escalation and disengagement. Challenge was to execute it on the ground."
Mar 25 16 tweets 6 min read
The govt of Uttar Pradesh recently published an advertisement in prominent newspapers in which it said it was looking to "engage a consultant to boost the size of the economy of Uttar Pradesh to $1 trillion in five years (2022-2027)". | Ganga N. Rath… A function which so far has been the preserve of the government officials and economists working in planning and other departments is likely to be outsourced to external agencies.…
Mar 24 12 tweets 12 min read
Twenty eight senior journalists issued a statement on Wednesday appealing to all Indian constitutional bodies to "uphold their constitutional mandate" and take action against the increasingly frequent attacks against Muslims in the country.… The appeal, titled, 'In the Face of Orchestrated Hatred, Silence Is Not an Option', begins by highlighting that the country, in recent years, has seen a "concerted amplification of hatred" as well as an "attendant advocacy of violence".…
Mar 21 13 tweets 8 min read
The expression "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" is well-known. But how many people understand it? | @darab_farooqui
#TheKashmirFiles… @darab_farooqui In this regard, #TheKashmirFiles falls short. Actually, it manipulates the truth, cherry-picks the truth, and exploits the truth emotionally. As a result, the film eventually devolves into a piece of pure vitriol and hatred.…
Mar 21 15 tweets 12 min read
Sometimes propaganda can feel like first love. It can be empowering; it can be addictive. | @Plebeian42
#TheKashmirFiles… @Plebeian42 But unlike first love, propaganda happens again – and again and again.…