India has been steadily transforming from an aspiring liberal democracy into an ethnic democracy where a narrow and supremacist interpretations of Hinduism, the religion of the majority, wields near hegemonic status.
The 2020 U.S. election was like nothing we’d seen before for many reasons, including disinformation, dangerous speech, and unprecedented fears of election-related violence. Now it’s time to start thinking about the future.
We’re seeing a worrisome pattern—that of authority figures capitalizing on the public’s need for guidance and security to spread disinformation, including dangerous speech.
Author Salil Tripathi examines the distinction between hate speech and dangerous speech in the context of elections in Delhi, India.
Rising tension between India and Pakistan, triggered by a terrorist attack in Kashmir, have inspired an alarming flood of Dangerous Speech and misinformation to spread online in both countries – some urging mass violence or even full-scale war.
WhatsApp’s messaging platform has announced several updates, largely in response to a growing problem of Dangerous Speech in India which takes the form of inflammatory rumors spread online and offline.
Hate speech is a serious concern in the Republic of India. However, Indian law does not use the phrase “hate…