“www.modifail.com”: Website Operated By NRI Trends Online Prior To PM Modi’s Silicon Valley Trip

Narendra Modi, the man everyone knows as India’s Prime Minister may not be loved equally all over the world. The case here being of NRIs living in the Silicon Valley. As is worldwide knowledge, our Prime Minister is going to the United States on the 24th of September. He has plenty of events and meets lined up for him when he gets there, a huge dinner with the finest which will include heads of Ford Motors, Lockheed Martin, IBM, PepsiCo, Dupont, Merck, Qualcomm Inc, and Abbott Laboratories; a Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg; visits to Google and Tesla Motors etc.

But he is not the only one to have made plans about his US visit. Angana P. Chatterji, a professor from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), is rumoured to be holding a protest in front of Google’s campus on the 27th of September. What they are planning to stand up for is women’s rights, the LGBTQ community, India’s marginalised castes – adivasis and Dalits, and religious minorities. Apart from these issues, the protest is in favour of an India which has free internet, the right to debate and disagree in the open and safety and cleanliness in the country.

The website that told us this is www.modifail.com. While all the reporting is all right from their side, this is what their introductory paragraph looks like:

“On September 27, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, will be welcomed at SAP Center in San Jose, California, as part of his global PR campaign. Join us at the event on September 27, in safe permitted free speech areas, to tell the other side of the story”

Here it is one more time:

“On September 27, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, will be welcomed at SAP Center in San Jose, California, as part of his global PR campaign. Join us at the event on September 27, in safe permitted free speech areas, to tell the other side of the story”

Do you see it now?

There is a Twitter trend going about with the hashtag #ModiFaildotcom which is rumoured to have been started by Angana P. Chatterji. Here are some tweets from there:

A whole lot of these people could simply be joining a trend, while others could genuine dislike the current government.

While this has been going on, another rather interesting thing happened over at Facebook.

Shashank Bengali, a reported for the LA Times wrote a story: “India police officers feel targeted for offering evidence against prime minister”. This story when one tried to share on Facebook, it showed it as unsafe and forced the user to fill a CAPTCHA. Later when one clicked on the story, Facebook marked the content as dangerous.

Is this Facebook’s way of taking sides?

There is a lot of speculation abound making this international visit one of the most controversial trips the PM has ever taken. It is up to us to see the things as they happen when the Prime Minister lands in New York.

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Kanchi Vasavada

Kanchi is a features editor at Youth Connect. A tech enthusiast and a reader, she, like Dumbledore thinks that words are the most inexhaustible source of magic we have.

 
 

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