India Turns Off the Internet
India ranks second in the world in mobile internet subscribers. It ranks first in shutdowns.
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Last week, in response to protests by farmers outside New Delhi, India, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi restricted access to the mobile web in areas where the protests were unfolding. The move is the latest in the Indian government’s long history of throttling internet access and censoring speech online.
Why is the Modi government increasingly shutting down the internet and stifling digital dissent? And what does the party’s history of internet shutdowns tell us about India’s future?
Pranav Dixit, correspondent for Buzzfeed News