Tuesday, March 21, 2023
HomeOpinionThe real reason Amit Shah wants to know your mother tongue

The real reason Amit Shah wants to know your mother tongue

In the absence of a proper data protection law, the NPR is an excessive centralisation of personal data waiting to be politically misused.

Text Size:

The National Population Register 2020 wants to know your mother tongue. In 2010, it did not.

The NPR will help the government of India deliver development to India’s poor, or so Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been claiming.

How will knowing the mother tongue of every Indian help Amit Shah deliver the fruits of development? By the way, linguistic data is already collected in the Census. But you see, the Census can only tell you the languages spoken in a village, a tehsil, a block, a city, and maybe a neighbourhood. It doesn’t reveal what languages Ram Kumar speaks, what is his neighbour Abdul Khan’s mother tongue, or that of Abdul’s friend Joseph D’Mello’s.

Also read: Why India should shelve NPR, the National Population Register

The development link

When the Census Act was passed in 1948, the people running India had respect for basic human decencies as privacy. But now, Amit Shah demands to know the mother tongue of every Indian, at the click of a button, on a mobile app.

Development, he says. We don’t know what development projects need the Narendra Modi government to link our mother tongues to our Aadhaar number, driving license number, passport number, voter ID number and who knows what else. Don’t worry, your PAN number is already linked to your Aadhaar, so that’s not needed in NPR.

Is Amit Shah planning to study the demand of MGNREGS work among Telugu-speaking people who don’t vote in elections? Is the Modi government going to give extra money in the PM-Kisan dole to Meitei-speaking farmers who don’t have a passport yet? Is the government going to start mother-tongue courses for linguistic minorities? There’s a Bengali who lives next to my house. He’s the only Bengali in the colony. Is Amit Shah planning to send a Bengali language teacher for the family? Or a Bengali-speaking yoga teacher perhaps?

Also read: Abandon NPR, delink it from Census — 190 economists and social scientists urge Modi govt

The language link

None of this makes sense. Why on earth would Amit Shah need individual level and household level linguistic data for development when he already has village-level linguistic data and his government can still not create jobs or prevent banks from collapsing.

It becomes a little worrying when you recall Amit Shah saying a while back that he wants Hindi to replace English as India’s “link language”. It gets even more worrying if you realise India has no data privacy laws and the one proposed by the government is actually a law to legalise unbridled government surveillance.

It is an insult to the intelligence of the people of India that the government needs to know our mother tongue to deliver development. But if you add the absence of data protection, you begin to see what’s happening.

Also read: More power & data access to govt — all about personal data protection bill

The privacy link

Think of the potential of linguistic data in targeting propaganda. In any case, when the Modi government says development it means propaganda. The NPR also collects phone numbers. You could be a Tamilian living in Haryana, but don’t worry, Mann Ki Baat SMS updates will reach you in Tamil after you’ve signed away your mother tongue to the NPR.

Somehow, the BJP might also come to know you are a Tamilian living in Haryana. You might then be added to a WhatsApp group that will give you an endless stream of Islamophobia and fake news in Tamil.

You might be a Bengali living in Bengaluru. With a few clicks, the government could make a list of all Bengali speakers in Bengaluru and ask them to prove their citizenship with the right documents within 14 working days. After all, Aadhaar and Passport aren’t proof of citizenship, as government officials have already pointed out.

Not many are able to see what a disaster the NPR is. One day, when the linguistic data from NPR might be used for delimitation, the opposition parties will know why they should have opposed NPR more strongly.

And it’s not just linguistic data. There is any number of micro-targeting possibilities in the NPR, helping the BJP in its election game. Using NPR data, they could target people of different profiles differently. And since we have no data protection law, we won’t know how, when and where the data is being misused and our privacy violated.

The author is contributing editor to ThePrint. Views are personal.

Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Support Our Journalism

India needs fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism, packed with on-ground reporting. ThePrint – with exceptional reporters, columnists and editors – is doing just that.

Sustaining this needs support from wonderful readers like you.

Whether you live in India or overseas, you can take a paid subscription by clicking here.

Support Our Journalism


    • how much did you get to write this nonsensical comment in the present era from a totally retrograde party that is determined to take us back to the fake-glorious past?

      • The glorious past is not fake. You are the one suffering with self abhorring colonial babu mindset. This nation commanded 24% of global GDP,was leader in math and astronomy,invented yoga and Ayurveda. Romans had to suspend trade with India because of our comparative advantage. Every self respecting patriot is not a paid troll

  1. There’s a lot if things the government can ask me about myself like-
    *Do I have a good house to live in?
    *Do I have a proper earning to live a decent lifestyle?
    *Do I have a proper source of education?
    *Do I have a proper healthcare system?
    *Do I have access to good food?
    *Do I have a proper plan for my life when I grow old?
    *Do I have proper and we’ll maintained roads?
    *Do I have proper water supply?
    *Do I have affordable electricity?
    *Do I have a good public transportation system?
    *Do I have safe road system?
    *Do I have an efficient and honest police system, judicial system, administration system, public services, civic amenities?
    *Do I have clean air to breath and clean water to drink?
    *Do I live a happy life?

    These are a few examples of what all the government , which I have chosen with my vote , should ask me. These are the kind of questions that the government NEEDS to ask me.

    But all the government WANTS to know about me are things that don’t matter at all like my place of birth, my date of birth, my mobile phone number, whether I’m leftist or rightist, how I call on to my God, ,what festival I celebrate, what I do with my free time …. And now the government wants to know what language my mother speaks !!!!

    This is stupidity of the purest kind there is. And also I see people fighting to justify this stupidity.

    But I’ll take consolation in knowing that there are rational intellectuals still living in my country who, despite of all heaps of garbage like insults hurled at them, keep on bringing some enlightenment to the otherwise blinded public which fails to read between the lines.

    Thank you for this lovely article.

  2. a Media Presstitute sponsored by the Bhrast Nehru-Gandhi Parivar so who cares about what this yellow Media House writes about Mr.Amit Shah..

  3. Print is notorious for writing biased articles. This article is also in same tradition. May good sense prevail on you.

  4. Such a pathetic article! Like this author needed to write something maligning against the govt but he couldn’t muster any other crape than this piece of shit. “Tamilians living in Haryana could be added to a WhatsApp groups”, FACE-PALM 🤦🏽‍♂️O’ lord, we have such dimwits in our country calling themselves “journalists”.

  5. Nonsense… Utter nonsense….. U try to play games with the public as shekhar gupta tries to gather subscribers in his shows CUT THE CLUTTER & NATIONAL INTEREST so that when they read the news articles written by others of THE PRINT ,they can be misguided.
    Enough of this…. You have forgotten that this is the era of social media and now fake and these nonsensical news won’t work ….. Come out of your left mindset and see that now the majority indians have opened their eyes…. Shekhar gupta, shame on you for playing these games with your fellow indians….

  6. Wasn’t mother tongue a parameter to be filled in earlier census questionnaires? It is not a new thing. Why such a brouhaha now? Oppose for the sake of opposing? As they say in Marathi, ” The salt served by the one you don’t like is less salty( than the one served by your beloved!) “

      • Had your little brain not noticed,his name suggests he is from south India,if his wisdom doesn’t makes him feel threatened by supposed imposition of Hindi as this author implies then why should you be? This government has things to do other than constantly firefighting communal narrative.

  7. Absolutely biased article. Had some respect for your news, that’s gone for sure. The gentleman who has written this is for sure on the payroll of Kongress n wants to drag the country to the same old corrupt n non progressive era. Just ask this Man if he was living in any other country, for example, US, UK or for that matter any moderately developed country, will gw allowed to live without furnishing these basic data. When those countries ask it’s okay but if you try to impose in India, you have a problem. Simple question is if you are so uncomfortable, please relocate to your place of comfort.
    Will urge the news channel to be more responsible in putting up these kind of wonky article least you patronage these sentiments

  8. What a shit writing, I can see a single cohesive paragraph, better learn writing instead of journalism, Shivam you are you a per world freelance writer?Just asking, the way you repeated same point multiple time.



    • Because of such a data which is available in Gujarat state, the state has provided Orissa medium schools for people who have migrated from Orissa…..

      Btw I m Indian living in Bangalore……

      • Problem is you and your family lived a life of slavery under Scamgress ruling area.. Your only hard earned money was looted by Scamgress to build their houses in UK, Italy n many other countries.

        Never mind all those bullshit people who don’t have any identity in India must be kicked out

  10. Are you ashamed to tellyour mother youngs.Is there any difficulty to live togeter the persons belonging to different mother tongues.The content & logic of the article is meaninglesd

  11. Iam not holding any grudge with any of the religious group while writing this article but yes I would like to speak truth. I believe there should be human values at the least although politicians mostly believed to have criminal records… All of the Islamophobia, terrorism is very well planned with media having to work on the ideology of the leaders. You can’t find newspapers to print truth.. First instance world trade center was insured against terrorist attack and it was very organized terror plot by Bush… Aftermath many scientists proved it was controlled demolition of building… Taking the inspiration from US, Modi burnt his own hindu people brutally heading to Gothra to death… I would ask what the sincere practicing hindu people did to Modi.. Not to forget the seat Modi is sitting, is having blood strains of his own hindu people.yet It’s a nice joke Modi talking about nationalism and uniting hindus…Modi planned yet another mass murder this time to kill his own soldiers guarding the country in pulawama… What a height of hypocrisy for hindu nationalism? Hindu nationalist murdering their own soldiers who leave their families to guard nation.. We don’t need any foreign country to attack India but few Modi’s can smartly wipe out Indian military… What if nuclear war erupted  it would cost millions of innocent Indian citizens life just to cater Israel needs to avenge their hatred for pakistan..Thanks to PM khan for dealing very diplomatically and avoid war.. It’s not far when military head or any innocent hindus  will become scapegoat of Modi’s murder plot… Delhi riots witnessed Modi mobs with arms persecuting unarmed civilians..police didn’t act and inturn helped modi mobs. Imagine a person who don’t have any criminal record in life, a sincere Indian citizen’s mother being raped by hindu mobs, children burned to death and all of his life savings, business is over… What would be his next aim? People will come up with arms openly when police and judiciary sideline. It will impact everybody in society not only hindus, Muslims… Killing will become very common sometimes even without reason…How many times Muslims being persucuted in world and everytime they were small force overcoming the situation.. similar persecution has been witnessed in Arabia where disbelievers torcherced Muslims for practicing truth and struggle for freedom eventually gave victory to Muslims making it a Muslim nation… Eventually Modi’s persecution of Muslims will make India another Muslim nation..

    Modi never won peoples vote, EVM machines that were voted by people got systematically changed during transportation with manipulated EVM machines… Modi ordered seperately more than 2 lakh EVM machines to manipulate votes… Today we witness that judiciary , police, election commission, newspaper etc are all corrupt and don’t stand by law making lawless India which is dangerous to every single citizen…

    • 1) All of the Islamophobia, terrorism is very well planned.
      Q1.1) Why only muslim community people are used for such planned attacks?
      Q1.2) Why leaving 1 to 2 muslims here & there like Arif Mahummad Khan or Subuhi Khan etc condemn those terrorist attacks and side line themselves from those terrorists who have acted at the occasions in India throughout the history after 1947?
      Q1.3) What about the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus, minorities in Pakistan & Bangladesh? Why muslims of India don’t have any sympathy/love/humanity with those people?

      2) Taking the inspiration from US, Modi burnt his own hindu people brutally heading to Gothra to death.
      Q2.1) Do you know that Gothra happened before world trade center being destroyed?
      Q2.2) You are the only person who is claiming this. Supreem court gave clear chit to Modi in all cases & remember he didn’t abscond from any hearing or arrest. Ground reality is that people of Gujarat still love him. So the most important question which arises is those people from various NGO’s or media houses like NDTV or print or scroll etc who covered gujrat riots & did media hearing for modi, went to international form are silent about Godhra? Why are they being partial? Is there something fishy?

      3) Modi planned yet another mass murder this time to kill his own soldiers guarding the country in pulawama
      Q3.1) If you are going to read articles like this (the one about NPR) where people are constantly being fed with fear, false news, propaganda, assumptions etc you are going to give same kind of statements. The organisation whose name refers to the name of sword of Mahummad claimed attack & the police personnel who was involved, was arrested by same government then you are definitely mis guided.
      4) What if nuclear war erupted  it would cost millions of innocent Indian citizens life just to cater Israel needs to avenge their hatred for pakistan..Thanks to PM khan for dealing very diplomatically and avoid war
      Q4.1) Do you know Pakistan’s history of
      nuclear proliferation? Mr Q Khan who passed the nuclear technology to north Korea?
      Q4.2) it’s pakistan who always threats to India. Not the other way around. Whole world is worried about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons going into wrong hands as everyone know & even pakistan accepted that they have many terrorists in their land
      Q4.3) you even know how, when & who takes decision to fire a nuclear weapon in India? PM is the final approving authority but decision isn’t taken only by PM & everything goes on record.
      Q4.4) don’t start rumours & fear like this article of NPR.

      5) Delhi riots witnessed Modi mobs with arms persecuting unarmed civilians.
      Q5.1) first of all this was not a riot in delhi. It was an attack on Hindus. Muslim leader’s involvement from AAP party is clearly coming out. Who got benifits from the election & whose house was used with sling shots mounted on roof walls & rickshaws. This much preparation is called attack not riot.
      Q5.2) Not a single photograph or video came out where hindus are involved only people having wearing topy are seen. So you mean to say only hindus have camera in phones & muslims do not? Might be true as muslims were busy in throwing stones, stabbing IB personnel 400 times with knife etc. (Islamic way of butchery)

      6) How many times Muslims being persucuted in world and everytime they were small force overcoming the situation.. similar persecution has been witnessed in Arabia where disbelievers torcherced Muslims for practicing truth and struggle for freedom eventually gave victory to Muslims making it a Muslim nation… Eventually Modi’s persecution of Muslims will make India another Muslim nation..
      6.1) your intensions about gazwa e hind are now coming out.

      7) Modi never won peoples vote
      7.1) This is your imagination. The more you protests against CAA, boycott NPR, stand against NRC/uniform civil code/population control act etc the more votes he will get. As these topics are in BJP manifesto from the beginning of the party. They are working as per their commitments & not missing on anything. On top of this constant being true to their words people of india are watching your nude dance on streets. Which will make him PM again in 2024. And most importantly we will have POK aslo merged with India.

      • What iam mentioning is truth and what you hear is the corrupt politicians voice through news channel.. Mainstream media is sold out whether it be BBC, CNN etc.. US sponsers 50 million dollars on daily basis to carry out terrorist attacks in occupied terroritories like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and their mainstream media propagates lies…. Iraq has 40 percent of world oil and all money goes to US and even India is stealing from Iraq.. Muslims are only 30 percent in world but 70 percent wealth belongs to Muslims.. The world can’t move even one day without importing from Muslim world…

        1.What about the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus, minorities in Pakistan & Bangladesh? Why muslims of India don’t have any sympathy/love/humanity with those people?
        1.A Firstly you should understand that kashmir neither want to join Pakistan nor India and it was fighting for independence..Kashmiri pandits supported right wing hindu indian politicians denomination in region leaking intelligence information of kashmiri fighting for its freedom..right wing hindu politicians started persecuting Kashmiris through Indian military and diverted the Kashmiri independence fight to hindu Muslim conflict.. If Kashmiri Muslims persecuted hindu pandits, they would have demolished hindu shrines in kashmir. Both Muslims and hindus died in casualties… Some scholars have also accused the Indian state and Media of utilizing the experience of Hindus as a tool of propaganda. In February 1993, a notable Indian magazine launched an investigation upon a list of 23 shrines provided by Bharatiya Janata Party and found that the claims of alleged desecration of scores of Hindu shrines in Kashmir, widely perpetuated by the Indian media and right-wing Hindu politicians, were “false”… The hindu shrines still exists and hindu pandits were invited many times by Kashmiris to settle down… Not to forget India is ruled by Muslims for 800 years and if they persecuted hindus and demolished hindu shrines, not even one hindu would have remained… Islam doesn’t permit to demolish the hindu shrines and forced conversion.. It is heart to heart connection of truth and one has to turn toward its creator with love(God)…

        Taking the inspiration from US, Modi burnt his own hindu people brutally heading to Gothra to death.
        Q2.1) Do you know that Gothra happened before world trade center being destroyed?

        World trade center is 9/11/2001 and gujrat riots were in 2002…The burning of a train in Godhra on 27 February 2002, which caused the deaths of 58 Hindu pilgrims karsevaks returning from Ayodhya, is cited as having instigated the violence.. US was heavily in debt and was about to default unless they invade and control oil…

  12. It would interesting to have an IQ check on all our politicians of all parties in India, Anyway our unemployed people are just wanting jobs. Modiji and Shahji are playing the proverbial religious fiddle while India’s economy is burning. Gandhiji, Sardar Patelji, Netaji, Bhagat Singhji, and all martyrs and those who gave up everything to see their mother country free if they can see our country now what will they say say? We should remember the historical fact that the majority can be horribly wrong. Satyamewa Jayatu, Truth alone triumphs. Take us Lord from darkness to light and from untruth to truth.

  13. Stupid article. What’s so wrong in declaring your mother tongue. Is it a head going affair? Do not over respond with biased opinions.

  14. My dear spread the hate it is the good fruit of Indian democracy.
    It seems these kind of people are useless products of JNU, JMI, AMU and many more.

  15. This is utter rubbish and low level agenda driven writing. Conspiracies abound in your article.You happily give all your personal data when you register for some e-mailing/e-commerce website.You almost bare your self on Facebook and crib so much about citizen’s data inputs for national planning. Come on man grow up man…….unless you do it for some malafide pecuniary benefits, even if goes against the national interest, which, can’t say if you have any.

    • I wish you people had belonged to Assam Hindu’s and tasted the flavor the real fruit by bjp that left even poor hindu families struggle. One of such painful story is here for you
      Caution: Do not drink any type of urine before clicking the abv link.

  16. Your one way analysis towards Modi Govt is only rubbish. Conspiracy is your agenda. Seems that The Print, itself became Tadipar and publishing only hatred. Seems that The Print motivate itself thru Mohammaddi Islamic Jihadi Terrorism. You just keep on hailing Mohamaddi terrorism

  17. Most idiotic article by leftist story writer.
    How a very ordinary man can explain his difficulty to a doctor or Govt servent.

  18. These are the people who give ideas to rioters to cover their faces. These are the intellectuals who instead of asking the protester to protest with logic and conviction tell them to hide their faces. They will promote the objections to being identified through Aadhar or CC TV footages. It is their gun fodder for wars they have no guts to fight. If the rioters are caught and identified then the identity of the perpetrators and instigators becomes obvious as also the money and Biryani trails.

  19. Sub standard writers they dont how begging learn livhood .sir only 5 %people got independent and enjoying constitution benfite public see 8 time mp now mp chif minster dont have trust own MLA BJP rules 15 year wiout problem this problem you feel

  20. This excessive and damning vigilantism on the part of the government, in the absence of laws protecting data privacy and preventing misuse of personal data, is nothing but gross adventurism. This is totally uncalled for. No wonder, India is crashing at the bourses and shining in the ignominy of the bloodbath on Dalal Street in Bombay and Jafrabaad Road in Delhi.
    (Md. Israil)

  21. Why are afraid of giving out our mother tongue & names of parents? Any application ranging from college admission to official documents ask for much more.

  22. ओवर स्मार्ट रिपोर्टर ,
    तुम जैसे चूतिये रिपोर्टर ही देश की जनता को भड़काने की काम करता है , और फिर दंगा करबाते है , और उसीको रिपोर्टिंग करके अपना घर चलाता है , तुमलोग साले कोंग्रेसी दलाल हो इसीलिए सब कुछ तुम्हे गलत ही लगता है ,

  23. The press so biased that every time we go through an article we have to be careful about the author and his background and his character and antecedent and the rest will follow accordingly.

  24. The author’s dilemma is based on his own hypothesis. The imaginary assumptions are nothing but his negative narratives. Just stupid journalism……

  25. Seems The Print has campus recruitment for its journalists from The JNU s and The Jamia.s of the world.
    Just spewing venom without any basis or.logics

  26. What ever he is doing is good for nation.
    Writer has got limited knowledge about functioning of government.

  27. Let the government function Mr. Patrakar
    Did Amit Shah ever poked his nose in whatever you people are doing.
    See the credibility you people are having and compare it with CNN and BBC,.
    Everything he is doing is for the betterment of people. We the Indians in majority are switching off TV when news channels appear.

  28. Lousy and lazy analysis.As usual standard template
    of Indian journalist to sell your stupid opinions .No quality ,substance or vigour in arguments .Garibonka liberal journalism. What a visionary article. As usual shivam always way ahead of times.

  29. The writer is under the impression that all his readers are stupid like him.Never mind the Government is bent upon bring out people like you .

  30. Amit Shah always have bad intention.Except Ambani ,Adani and other gujrati development they don’t want anybody’s development.

  31. This Modi Govt. is so much being scrutinized and commented upon as if these people are only doing politics with the people and no other previous govt did politics with the people.
    After all the role of govt. is to do politics only fir the betterment of people who elect it.
    By the way please tell me:-

    Who is Govt.?
    What is Govt. stand for?
    What is the relation between People and Govt.?
    If you understand this than their is no need of this article.
    Govt. is for people of its state.Then what is the privacy between people and govt.
    What govt. is doing must be known to all country man and all countryman is known to govt.It is just simple.
    Privacy does not mean that I will not tell anything about myself to the govt.
    Then who I am and why govt. will serve me.
    Privacy is a relation between me and govt. as my relation with my doctor or my advocate.
    If this relation ship one to one is broken than each party should punished.
    Privacy means what I am doing is none of you business but in the grab of privacy I must not do any work against the law of the land.
    Transparency is the need of time today and it is not a one way street only.

  32. Future of india . Orwellian nightmare. Add to this ,the unlimited number of BJP robo trolls who will shred anyone, who writes about their masters ,to pieces !You have a new age Third Reich !sieg heil!All Indications point to it only!

    • If you actually had read Orwell instead of just learning proverb,you would be knowing that his hit pieces were against imaginary communist government.

  33. Very well put!!

    Modi government’s moves are always clothed in innocence! To understand their motives and intentions, you need to read between the lines very, very carefully! If you look at the bigger picture regarding their moves, it will always appear to cut both ways.. you could interpret it either way, and both would seem logically correct.. but, as always, the devil lies in the details! Let me explain.

    Demonetisation seemed like a move to end black money.. it was also rumoured to be meant to checkmate Mayawati before the UP state elections.. but, the details.. a higher denomination note was introduced with a smaller size.. if you were into black money, wouldn’t that be in your wishlist?! The firm chosen to print the new notes was blacklisted by multiple first world countries for fraud.

    One of the earliest moves of the BJP govt was to ban strikes / protest by lawyers.. why? In any rebellion by the people against the state, lawyers are usually at the forefront. Is that why?! Modi has been taking a lot against dynastic politics.. he calls Rahul Gandhi ‘Shehzada’, but does he really mean it?! For the answer, just observe that Amit Shah’s son is BCCI secretary!

    He says ‘Na khaunga, na khaane doonga!’ But so many people accused by BJP itself of corruption occupy high seats! They even made Ajit Pawar the Deputy CM, on both sides of which they filed an ACB case against him, and also gave him a clean chit! 🤣

    So these seemingly innocuous moves of the BJP could well be fraught with danger. Anything out of the ordinary is not there by chance.. it is by design! The possibilities pointed out in the article are a clear and present danger!

    In normal life, one does not give personal information to anyone without knowing which, what, when, where and why! Shouldn’t it be the same with the government, when there is neither any data policy nor privacy law?!!!

    • What lousy thinking !! Seeing conspiracy in every thing Modi does .. seems limited not only to Mamta Didi !! All you Modi haters can only belong to these categories :
      1) those who have lost the opportunity of receiving / using / storing black money as had been prevalent in the last seven decades
      2) those who are now disgruntled at having to pay tax which was easily avoided earlier
      3) those who are steeped in corruption
      4) those who are so-called leftist liberals
      5) those who are jehadis, Islamic fundamentalists or their supporters for petty political gain
      6) those who belong to / support Pappu, Lalu, Khangress, TMC, DMK, BSP, SP, etc, etc
      You belong to which category ?

  34. Whatever is imaginable this Govt. will do to remain in power, by hook or crook, and the unimaginable too is not beyond its doings. So, it is imperative to keep one’s guard.

  35. All his imaginations are put in print to create a phobia in the minds of public. Simply it is utter perversion.

  36. This is absolute rubbish.. I can imagine far more interesting conspiracy theories, if that was the goal of the so called writer.

  37. Just think about china. Think of their huge population. Almost all their citizens are on surveillance of government. It is like George Orwell’s concept of 1984 coming into play. In India context it is difficult to implement as there are hundreds of languages. What the author highlights can be partly true. He sounds paranoid. However, the wrong person having access to so.much of data can really access our private logs without we knowing it. Once the data is under their control they can specifically point out who are those people are for/against their policies simply by scanning their account. NPR can be a tool towards that objective.

  38. This is nothing but accusation based on his own conjectures and assumptions. It is dangerous to provide a platform to radical elements like Shivam vij

  39. Read
    Unlike the print YouTube, the prints print edition is biased, no research, agenda driven

  40. Anti Modi Anti Shah Anti BJP Brigade Spin Out Lot Of Stories Hoping Ram Gopal Varmas To Lap It Up For Movie Making.

  41. @Shivam Vij ….. why are you always a naysayer …. Can you think of solutions…. Can you highlight the inherent risks and possible mitigants…… Or would you like to continue to be an Eternal Pessimist

  42. Why so much biased reporting? Wheres the role of senior editor in this article ? Sorry but i see So much shortcomings in your reporting more illogical than the article itself.

  43. Amazing level of conspiracy theory!!! Do you have similar content for the previous govt or is this special for the current one?

  44. Their plans of Isis network and establish destroy indian Constitution by Isis has come to end. So they r getting worried about secularism for all. These illegal immigrants are worried about democracy because their sharia will not work in this country. So they cry.

    • People like you are abetting the crimes committed by political criminals. You forgot Hiren Pandya and deliberate despatch of charred bogie with dead bodies to Ahmedabad from Godhra station. Shifting forensic evidence is criminal.

  45. None of the points are concrete and largely imaginary , on the edge of fear-mongering by writing fictions

    • India has got 125 crore people speaking different languages. Many people don’t speak
      / know their own mother tongue. Example: In Kerala – hindus, muslims, christians etc. speak malayalam.

      One man thinking / mentality / intentions etc. etc. is always not good.

      • While Islam has one book,one god and one messenger and rest all are idiots and fake .what your view on this ?.It would be great if you could enlighten my bigoted mind .

  46. “It becomes a little worrying when you recall Amit Shah saying a while back that he wants Hindi to replace English as India’s “link language”.” – Hilarious article…absolute lies…when the same sentence in the article links to “Shah says only requested people to learn it as second language”…stop these lies

  47. Meanwhile, ThePrint analyses my preferences on the basis of the articles I read, needs my email ID to allow me to post a comment, captures my IP address, pace of my scrolling and puts Shekhar Gupta’s articles 4th regularly on the trending list so that I can click on at least one of the first three articles, this increasing the time I spend on the site and my engagement with it. Shivam Vij wants to preach without practicing it. He will ignore/divert this question – so I hope he answers just one question with sincerity – what does ThePrint do with my email ID? Why does ThePrint store my ID long after I have commented on it once?

    • The problen wt these people is that their shops r bieng closed one by one…so anything this govt does is wrong…bcoz the status qou is bieng demolished…wt will they write about…its traumatic for them to see their spere of influence dwindle down to nothing…this govt is a deathknell to these people..look at the quality of some of the writers who r writing articles for the print…

  48. When I hear rhe name “Shivan Vij” the line that rings my in my head is “An individual educated beyond his intelligence”. Vij Woke up with some mugambo/gabbar singh type dream so came up with a latest new script…lolzz great entertainment..should join Bollywood as we are in need of some great script writers.

  49. How does one live with such paranoia? I shudder to think what life would be like for these conspiracy theorists. These people are indoctrinated at young ages by their social science & language teachers, then further ‘communisticized’ by their graduation professors. In the end You have zombies, filled with hatred and vitriol against anything & anyone connected with Indian culture, Hindu traditions & even national pride. I also consider it a failure of their parents, who could not protect these innocent souls from the terrible propaganda of communist poison. Whether Amit Shah is scheming or not, in this poor guy shivam’s mind a conspiracy is being hatched. Just imagine the toll it would be taking on his mental health, day in & day out. Pity.

  50. Very serious and legitimate concern. Each one of us should be worried about data protection and resist incursions into our privacy – be it from the government or from private parties. Vij does not mention how the Indian government has proposed to (or done already) commercialize such data – that is as problematic as political propaganda. Let us resist NPR.

  51. The thought of even such a disaster in waiting is disgusting. Shame on Feku and Tadipaar.

  52. These dumbo double dholki stooge must now NPR and he, his jihadi masters can cry but still it will not be repealed.

  53. Another sponsored article by Congress party. Unless one is a criminal, one need not worry how his or her data is being used. UK government keeps tab on the phone for more than two thousand people at any given time. This way they have prevented many terrorist acts in the country.

    • you don’t seem very up to date with the times.. today, criminals use data to target innocent people!

      If someone at random comes and asks you two questions, you’ll ask him 10 questions, before you even think of answering those two! Shivam is just doing the same.. asking why!! Especially since there are no data protection laws to prevent it from being misused

      • What data protection laws .All you personal info is already sold by Facebook ,google.what data protection are you talking about?If Modi was fascist frauds like this author would have been shot and beheaded by now.This Rahul Gandhi chattu cant digest Modi‘s victory .Jal raha hai .

  54. Ek chaiwala doosra tadipaar, What’s more, we can expect from them – Bolo abki baar —– sarkaar bhugtoo

    • This chaiwala is making all Pakistanis and their Indian collaborators wetting their pants. Please do not underestimate this man. I can feel your pain though.

  55. Bloody third rate person. On just plain speculation he targets Amit Shah , BJP. That is what this suffer journo has been doing since long. Provocative, abusive articles meant to pit one community against the other in the guise of FOE. I condemn this below the belt attempt to divide Indians by putting forth the writers own prejudices. This rogue character Vij knows well that if he keeps on abusing Modi, RS, BJP, Hindus he will be handsomely rewarded when the Church comes back to power. Shame on such rumour mongering. This is not journalism. This is dalali at its worst.

  56. Is this privacy applicable to Indians only? Can you question rest of the countries in the world ?
    Once you cross the country you must even keep informing in which place you are living. Countries used to have live data about a person. Do you have guts to question US or Singapore? Stop this bullshit.

    • They have data protection laws.. There is a guarantee that your information will not 2nd misused.. here, even Dhoni’s Aadhar data can appear on the net!

  57. Mr Shivam, you are a disgrace to The Print, I do follow Shekhar Gupta, but such Biased reporting, with name-calling shows your level of maturity as a journalist. I believe you are misusing the print platform to further your bias.

Comments are closed.