Ah another claim that video games cause violence not backed by any sciecific data.
Im only looking at the crime rates in the US using wikipedia , and the crimes are going down. Im certain that this trend is similar in other developed countries that have a long history of violent movies and video games.
How so? One could easily make the claim they cause a small increase in violence but changes in our society (such as better ability to find criminals using DNA and video recording, more tolerance of displays of violence that harm no one, removal of lead from gasoline, etc.) have a larger effect in the opposite direction for most individuals. Science won't toss out such large sets of poorly collected data, but neither will it make definite judgments off of it.
Its common practice among Indian cops to refuse to register such crimes. But when it comes to pandering to politically blessed agendas, many fall over themselves to please.
I dont think I had much choice in the matter when I had to sign up to pay for their salaries to do the job of parenting.
fall over themselves to please someone in power
Before you speak, let me establish two facts. Modi and the BJP are synonymous since 2014. When the BJP wins an election, it's called a "Modi wave". The flipside of taking credit for everything and micromanaging everything that the BJP does is that he is responsible when they fuck up... like they have here. Second, the police ultimately report to the Chief Minister who is answerable to Modi. Now say what you have to say, without resorting to the downvote button.
As for the sites ban, I couldn't find any Government order banning these sites. For all we know, it might be the courts issuing these bans.
Check out this list of books banned in India and tell me how many are from Modi Kaka's New India: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_books_banned_in_India
Basically it is blocked in some places and not blocked in some others:
Whoever came up with that law is simply an imbecile or dishonest about their motives.
On the other hand they have 150 policemen per hundred thousand citizens so what else is going to happen?
Meanwhile the Tech companies and Telcos and Media(social/news/games/porn) are mindlessly falling over themselves to hook as big a chunk of the masses as possible with their dark patterns. The parents of most kids with a phone in India, barely know how to read and write, leave alone understand/supervise what the kid is doing on the phone.
The size and scope of the mental health disaster unfolding boggles the mind.
Games are not keeping people poor. An extremely small population relative to total people playing may be addicted and it affects their lives but that should not be a reason to ban a game.
Also, the point it not made with this situation. It’s a single game. Not all games.
Please look to the US drug war to see why throwing people in jail for a problem they have is not the correct solution.
> If it was network surveilance, you'd have numbers in the thousands easily.
That doesn't have to be true. If you want fewer people playing the game, it's easier/cheaper to catch a small number and make it known in media than actually arrest thousands. (Unless arrests are your goal that is)
Will certainly backfire (more kids will get onto it).
Highly clickbait news item for Indian/International media to report on this.
But just in case you're not convinced, here's the BBC reporting the same arrests:
Sometimes a story is so juicy that even the big fish can't ignore it.
Your friends' fake Facebook contest is not quite comparable.
We have a lot to think and worry about all the time much closer to our homes. Stories like this being reported by an outlet so far removed from the situation on the ground don't serve the people receiving the news apart from triggering them.
I can tell you why it's relevant to me: I live in India, so it's local, and it's related to the social effects of technology. Now the front page has news about California being drought-free. It's not of interest to me, so I will just ignore it.
Modi named PUBG as a problem in a recent public meeting. Then some local police officials decide to outlaw it, and start arresting people over it, while the courts and the government do nothing about it. The arrests are absolutely a part of the rise of fascism in the country under the current regime. Why should the world not be interested in the growing fundamentalist face of India?
Multiple people being arrested because of draconian laws enacted at whimsy, anywhere, is always newsworthy. I don't understand why you're trying to trivialise it.
Any source to back this up? If you're referring to "Yeh PUBG wala hai kya", then it was a reply to a mother who was concerned about her son's addiction to online games. Any person who knows about online games would've pointed towards PUBG. This is also the reason why the locals petitioned the local police about rising PUBG addiction. Banning is not the solution but the concerns of parents about addiction(in exam season) are absolutely legit.
> The arrests are absolutely a part of the rise of fascism in the country under the current regime.
Either you don't know what fascism is or you're clearly making a joke out of it.
I know what fascism is and in my opinion it is exactly what is happening in India in the current regime.
Today a BJP MP has openly declared that if the BJP wins the 2019 elections, there will not be a need for any more elections in 2024 or thereafter.