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Common Cause and Lokniti Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), launched India’s first Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR 2018) at the India Habitat Centre on May 9.

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Trolls Settle Scores

     A COWARD’S POLITICAL WEAPON

             Troll Armies Go on Settling Scores

Trolling, a close cousin of Fake News has emerged as an effective tool of digital assassination for political and non-political entities alike. These digital attacks have no boundaries and can be launched from anywhere against anyone. In this article, KV Lakshmana tracks how the reigning political party, BJP effectively used this tool during the last Lok Sabha elections to defeat their political bête noire into anonymity. However, with the greater expanse of the internet and its concomitant social media tools, the online arenas are increasingly turning into a hate-fueled contest. The legal remedies appear to be inconsistently applied and are largely few & far between, making it imperative to have a discourse on self-regulation.

A COWARD’S POLITICAL WEAPON

KV Lakshmana

October-December, 2018