r/india 5h ago

Scheduled Bi-Weekly Gaming Discussion Thread


What are you playing, r/India? Let us use this thread to discuss any games you're playing, have played or are going to play. (Mobile and board games included!)

What game are you looking forward to? Are you a developer? Show us your wares!

Please don't just list the names of games, make sure to write a word or two about them as well.

Check out r/IndianGaming! They are an active community and also host a few co-op sessions.

Gaming Thread is posted every two weeks on Tuesday mornings | Old Threads


r/india 3d ago

Law & Courts Free Expression, meet Section 66A: Getting Rid of Zombies



Vagueness, Vagueness everywhere

Section 66A was a part of the Information Technology Act, 2000, the Act which primarily governs cybercrime and e-commerce in India. In 2008, the Act was significantly amended, and it was then that Section 66A was included. The text of Section 66A reads:

“Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,

(a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or

(b) any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will, persistently by making use of such computer resource or a communication device;

(c) any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such messages,

be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.” [emphasis added]

What Section 66A does is criminalise the sending/sharing of messages that it deems offensive through a computer or any other electronic device. However, its vague and ambiguous wording allowed cases to be filed with an arbitrary understanding of what “offensive” and “annoying” are.

Some arrests made under Section 66A include for:

  • Posting comments on and caricatures of then-Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, former Union Minister, Kapil Sibal, and former Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav
  • Causing ‘inconvenience’ to relatives of Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar
  • Posting a political cartoon of West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamta Banerjee
  • Posting an allegedly defamatory tweet about the son of former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram
  • Posting a comment on Facebook about the shutdown in Mumbai following the death of Shiv Sena leader, Bal Thackeray
  • Liking a comment on Facebook about the shutdown in Mumbai following the death of Shiv Sena leader, Bal Thackeray

Several petitions were filed challenging the constitutionality of Section 66A, including by law student Shreya Singhal, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties and Common Cause. The petitioners argued that Section 66A went beyond the scope of permissible restrictions to free speech under Article 19(2) of the Indian Constitution. All these petitions were tagged together in a matter that would come to be known as Shreya Singhal v. Union of India.

Then, on March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal v. Union of India famously struck down Section 66A.

Rising from the dead

The Shreya Singhal judgement was lauded as a major step forward for Indian jurisprudence on free speech. Despite the judgement, cases continued to be registered under Section 66A. We started tracking these cases on the Zombie Tracker— a platform built in collaboration with CivicDataLab. We discovered that over 1000 cases were registered under Section 66A, even more than before Shreya Singhal!

Slaying Zombies

IFF assisted PUCL, one of the original litigants in the Shreya Singhal case, in filing an application for directions to prevent the continued prosecutions under Section 66A, the Supreme Court had directed High Courts, States and Union Territories to reply to the application. 12 High Courts, 10 States and 1 Union Territory replied to the application, and several of them admitted that Section 66A cases were still pending in their jurisdictions. On September 6, 2022, the Supreme Court directed the counsel for the Union of India to impress upon the States the need for remedial measures on the continued use of Section 66A.

On October 12, 2022 after hearing submissions from both sides, the Supreme Court Bench, led by the Chief Justice of India, issued directions which are a massive victory win for free expression in India:

  1. The Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal has unequivocally held that Section 66A is unconstitutional. Thus, no citizen should be prosecuted under this provision.
  2. In every case where Section 66A is being used, the clause under Section 66A shall be dropped.
  3. Home Secretaries and other officials of State Governments must strictly instruct police officers not to register cases under Section 66A.
  4. All publications which refer to Section 66A should adequately inform the readers that the Supreme Court has struck down this provision in Shreya Singhal.

For more on Section 66A, what the judgement means, and why this a win for free speech, read our blog post.

Our work went beyond the Shreya Singhal judgement, we don’t back down because we know that sustained advocacy works, and we cannot do it without you. This was an important fight to fight, because most often one sees that the push stops after a judgement from the Courts is received. But with your support, we have followed up on whether the fruits of Shreya Singhal have actually been realised, painstakingly gathered the data that shows that it has not, and been able to present it to Court. As a direct result of our application, more than 30 orders, circulars and notifications have been issued by the Union Government, the State Governments and various High Courts down to the local level to make sure that this zombie is laid to rest. This is an innovative legal strategy that is only possible through the kind of sustained advocacy that we are able to provide with your support. So the next time a zombie rears its head, you know who has your back.

IFF is trying to raise 2 lakhs in 2 weeks from May 23, 2023 to June 7, 2023. We’ve raised INR 26,750. If you believe the work we do has value, donate today.


r/india 3h ago

Rant / Vent What's up with Indian meme pages demeaning and degrading Russian women?


When foreigners say that Indian men are different breed altogether, we shouldn't be surprised. Just look at Indian pages how they demean Russian women. They will give you everything for 6000 rs. Earlier when I saw these memes, i thought may be, it is by few stupid memers but it has increased so much that even bigger pages on FB and insta has started making meme on this. I just want to ask if you hate generalization so much than how can you demean the women of an entire country? If someone from Russia sees these things, what would they think about us? Already Indian men have really bad reputation in the world due to constant demanding of bobs and vegana on random inboxes and now these guys have started to think about Russians for 6000? It's really shameful that these people don't know how to respect women, doesn't matter if she is your sister, your girlfriend, from India or from Russia. Sometimes , it's really hard to defend or understand my countrymen.

r/india 2h ago

Politics BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur takes 19-year-old girl to watch The Kerala Story, she elopes with her Muslim lover


r/india 19h ago

Politics Periodic chart by Manjul

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r/india 14h ago

Rant / Vent I have diabetes at the age of 20


I(20F) have diabetes at the age of 20. I found out about it today after i had to collect my blood reports. The only symptoms i had were excessive thirst(which i chalked it upto the unnaturally hot summer this year) and a yeast infection in my vagina. I've made an appointment with an endocrinologist for tomorrow but my gynac(who ordered the blood tests) said at my age it can be reversed. Both my parents are diabetic and 3 of my grandparents were also diabetic so i knew this was coming one day or another.

But it feels so surreal,I'll probably be adviced to stay away from alcohol before i even reach the legal age to drink it. I currently live with my parents but i planned to move away for masters. I'll never get to live the classic student life where i live on instant noodles and energy drinks.

I'll have to put in much more effort than my peers to live a comfortable life. I wanted to study in europe and because of this diagnosis I'll prolly have to pay a bomb for healthy groceries. Not to mention a lifetime of very expensive insurance premiums given my history.

If i ever have kids I'll have to be extremely careful during pregnancy and probably keep an eye out for pre diabetic symptoms in my kids.

I'll have to make drastic lifestyle changes to live a healthy life and I'm just kinda sad i would get to experience wild and irresponsible early twenties.

If you're over the age of 18,get a health check up done. Don't be like me. This sucks

r/india 11h ago

Non Political Odisha train accident: He refused to believe his son was dead. Hours later, he found him - alive - in a morgue


"We never gave up," Das said. "We went around asking people, hoping to get leads on where to go next. One person told us that if we could not find anyone in hospital, we should look at the Bahanaga high school, where the bodies were kept. We could not accept it, but went anyway." Das said they were confronted by the sight of numerous bodies at the temporary morgue. "We were not allowed to see the bodies ourselves. A little later, a commotion broke out when someone noticed a victim's right hand shivering. Since we were right there, we happened to notice that this hand belonged to Biswajit, who was unconscious and injured badly..."

r/india 5h ago

Crime CWG medalist: Wrestler told me something very wrong is happening


r/india 23h ago

Unverified Got harassed at Delhi airport cafe.


30/F, was travelling to India from Europe (visiting home after 6 months) and had a layover in Delhi. This incident has filled me with rage.

Decided to chill at a bar inside the airport. I sit down, guy next to me yells "where are you going" , "what is your name". Keeps talking. Super loud. I get up and sit in another corner. The guy wouldn't leave me alone, waving his phone at me, staring, tries to take pictures, mumbling for 15 mins. Then he starts walking towards me, drunk af. Tries to sit and talk to me. I'm petrified coz sorry but casual bar chit-chat and disturbing someone are different. There are 5 people watching this entire drama but non one speaks up. No one asks him to stop. I literally run to the staff saying this guy needs to be thrown out and almost tearing up.

Well, they just asked him to leave. Just leave. And this is why I am pissed off. They didn't say "why are you harassing/disturbing a woman", they just say "please leave". I want these people to be publicly shamed. Schooled. But he just leaves. And I sit there thinking "what the actual fuck". No one cares. A minor incident like this is enough to tell us how acceptable it is in our society to just fuck with women, traumatise them, get off on this power trip and "just leave". hmm, incredible indeed. What do we do and where are we going with this?

r/india 10h ago

Law & Courts "Nudity Shouldn't Be Tied To Sex": High Court Cancels Case Against Woman


r/india 9h ago

Rant / Vent Toxic manager fired us


I have been working in his company from the start for the last 3+ years. I sweat a lot for this company, worked 12+ hours when there is a stopage of machinery, when I joined all the team is freshers with zero work skill. I trained all operators how to operate, I trained them how to to setup change overs, how to do programming, how to setup tools.. Yes now the company is stream lined because of the efforts we put in.

The company owner is a toxic person, He not invested any money for this unit(he has another 3 units) taken 100% loan, he pays 40 laksh of emi every month against investments. As per him the company is in loss.. We will bill about 90lakhs per month(job work basis), And there will be around 95 laksh debit (including emi + salary +factory expenses ).. As per him our unit is in loss , all his other 3 companies are in profit of monthly more than 10 lakshs. This is his story for the last 3 months and now he wants to recover loss from all employees of the company. He want to debit salary so he can cover up his losses. We all the department HOD's and out unit Manager went against it and he unable to deduct our salary, He was not given an increment to all employees by telling these stories for the last 1.5 years.

Last week one MF customer representative came and bullshitted against our team to our owner regarding a customer line stopage issue, which was caused by machine breakdown at our company because of machine spare not available(our owner not allowed us to keep spare for saving money. ) The next day he fired all HOD's (production, quality, and maintenance) and plant head as a punishment for us. We all have good knowledge and work experience and we will get a job within one month.

What are the things we can do to make the MF owner realise his mistakes.

This company is a auto parts manufacturing company, supplier for an OEM brand for driveshafts for tier-1 world auto companies.

r/india 1d ago

Rant / Vent Coding Ninjas locks in employees. Why do we tolerate such shit?


I have seen 2 similar incidents in my career

  1. A girl was locked in a conference room by the HR. She was forced to write a resignation letter telling she was resigning on the spot. HR did not let her leave till she worded the letter exactly as she wanted. She was threatening to end the employee's career and make her life miserable if she didn't comply.
  2. Someone sent a nasty email to the boss in a media house I worked at. They locked the entire floor, while IT investigated which computer it came from. Everyone had to sit till 10:00 pm.

At another place, my manager would be upset at people leaving at 5:00 pm even though our time was 9-5. She would threaten to take away our keycard so we would not be able to leave.

None of the managers were punished in all these cases.

These things can never happen outside India. I don't understand why we choose to tolerate this BS behaviour.

r/india 4h ago

Policy/Economy Telangana IT exports jump 31% to a new high of ₹2.41 lakh crore in FY-23


r/india 5h ago

Crime Nephew Picks Up Cricket Ball, Dalit Man's Thumb Chopped Off: Gujarat Cops


r/india 1h ago

Rant / Vent Anyone else sick and tired of amazon sending books with no protective packaging? Damaging books in transit is an outrage and is deeply offensive to people who paid for those books.


I order many books online and I order after searching for the best deal, I have recently noticed that Amazon has been consistently damaging my books by packing it in nothing but a paper bag (seriously, nothing else). I remember when amazon used to at least pack the books in bubblewrap, but after there was outrage directed at amazon for using too much packing material, they have reduced it to a bare minimum. Now, I am not a fan of plastic, but if that's what it takes to keep my books safe, then I don't mind the least.

The frustrating thing tho, is knowing that you don't need plastic bubblewrap to wrap books safely. Flipkart.com does a very good of packing their books. They use these cardboard boxes to carefully wrap my books and they reach me without a fuss and in mint condition. Has anyone else been having this issue on Amazon? Seriously, I am thinking about never ever buying books from amazon if they keep up with this.

r/india 2h ago

Politics India cracks down on critics of coal


r/india 1d ago

Rant / Vent I got the first compliment recently in 27 years of my life from someone apart from parents and I lost my shit


27M an average-looking guy with above-average social skills and currently studying. I had never been in a relationship, yet been friends with many people of both genders. The covid era had been a rough time for me and everyone else, and during that time, I started to carve that human affection and touch, to love someone and to be able to experience love. Many nights have passed since then, but a hole in my heart remains; sometimes, it inadvertently stings in the middle of the night, and I look outside at night desperately hoping for someone to cuddle to and to give someone love. Things started to normalize when I started going to a therapist and did a few things she suggested. There are a few things that I decided to do, to write stories related to relationships or love or anything which is coming into my mind, letting my energy to love someone flow through my pen onto the paper, which helped. One thing I also decided to do is to start complimenting people a lot on WhatsApp; I would randomly choose to have a conversation with my college friend and compliment them regarding anything like their WhatsApp status or their profile pictures or just the fact that I am missing he/she a lot. This helped not only in soothing the fire within my heart that is carving for love and affection but also for the somewhat selfish plan that someone might think about complimenting me down the line.

A couple of days back, a tweet of mine went viral, and many people commented on it. It turned out that the tweet was relatable to many people, and many were expressing their stories; I was busy acknowledging their replies on Twitter, thanking them for expressing their thoughts. The next day I saw a couple of messages on my Twitter, and there were a couple of messages from one of my few female friends who I know pretty decently. They said they saw the whole Twitter conversation on my profile and that I am a good person and someone would be lucky to have me. Firstly I didn't think of anything, but ultimately, it hit me; it was the first damn compliment I had heard in my life apart from my parents. I was totally inconsolable then and was surprised it took so little to push me over the edge.

There was once a time when I dreamed of being a very influential person, like a prosperous business executive making a name for myself, as I believed that was the definition of a successful life. A quarter life has passed, and I realize I am not someone who would do something extraordinary. I want to have a job that I love, a stable income, and a loving partner to spend my life with who I can love all my heart, and in turn, she also loves me. That's it; that's all I could ask in my life. So that one compliment is magical because it rekindled my dying hope that its still time that I can find someone for me, and with this newfound hope, I can't wait to see what the future holds for me

Thank you for reading this far, and please compliment people you love; please Don't hold back your emotions until the right time; express them before it's too late. Many people are carving for love, and your kindness and affection may very well bring a sense of magical feeling to the world.

r/india 2h ago

Crime Odisha Train Crash: Dissent Note By Probe Panel Member Hints at Coverup


r/india 3h ago

Politics After 2 statements against him, minor withdraws charges against WFI chief Brij Bhushan


r/india 58m ago

Crime A Dalit Minor Was Gang Raped Twice, UP Police Ignored The First Time


r/india 1d ago

Crime Wrestler ‘told PM’ in 2021 about torment faced from Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, says FIR


First para from the article,

One of India’s top woman wrestlers had told Prime Minister Narendra Modi in person, as far back as 2021, about the “repeated sexual, emotional, physiological, physical trauma” she had allegedly faced from Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, according to one of the two FIRs Delhi police have registered on the wrestlers’ complaint.

r/india 2h ago

Law & Courts No more POCSO against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh? Minor withdraws sexual abuse charges against WFI president: Report


r/india 22h ago

Politics International Funding to Women Wrestlers' Protest - Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje


r/india 18h ago

Politics Odisha train crash: I brought up railway safety in Parliament – the government ignored me


r/india 3h ago

Crime New Scam Alert


Yesterday, I got a call from FedEx Courier which started as a automated Pre Recorded message that said My Order No.Xyz is being returned from Mumbai. Assuming it probably is some order of mine bought online I got worried. The message further asked me to Press 1 to talk to a Customer Care Executive so I did. It got me connected to a Customer Care Guy. He talked in the exact manner as a professional customer care executive would. 'Hi Welcome to FedEx How May I Assist You' I told him I have been told that some order of mine is being returned. So he asked me to hold to check, and then told me my mobile number and exact full name to verify, then told me that it's not a order that I was to recieve but it's a package that I was sending out. I got extremely confused as I haven't ever sent a courier yet and I denied what he said. It was a order that was going from Mumbai to Taiwan. I do belong to Mumbai. He told me incase if you haven't sent it, it still has been booked by someone who used my details and hence it's my responsibility and further told me that the Package Contained Illegal Contents and it's seized by Customs and he mentioned some Port Name. I was confused again but then he said my documents will be seized and detained by officials soon. This is the point where I realized I had read about a similar incident somewhere earlier where they will further ask to meet with a 'customs officer' or be ready to be arrested soon. And I am guessing that the 'officer' will trap and extort money. One thing that was very shady was that he was talking in a heavy south Indian accent which made it very difficult to understand a lot of things but as soon as I realized this is most definitely a scam, I told him do whatever you want I don't care and hung up and blocked.

But this could happen to anyone and it's extremely concerning if someone who's naive and unaware of this scam falls for this trap. Hence please pass this on to your family and friends. Be Safe.

r/india 2h ago

Science/Technology Yeah the Vision Pro is great, no doubt about that, but it can never ever justify that price. Buy a bike and travel rather than spending 2.8 lac for AR/VR device to dream.

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r/india 1h ago

Rant / Vent Non Indian women marrying Indian guy and making her whole social media life about his culture is a legit genre in youtube and it is absolutely weird, what do yall think?


I thought it was just a few interested in Indian culture, so i checked on youtube. It is a literal genre in there. Thousands and thousands of channels of a non indian woman married to an indian guy and their channel/insta is all about his culture. Literally nothing else. Its not like these channels have just a few subscribers. Its millions of subscribers, millions of views ,millions of likes. Its so damn weird. I thought maybe it is because of white skin obsession among indians. But there hundreds of channels of women from other non white ethnicities like middle eastern, black, chinese, korean,japanese, thai etc. Its really weird. What do yall think?

EDIT: If you dont believe me i am gonna link a few here , these are some of the thousands of channels out there. People asking why I have jot it down, there was a post jotting them down in a sub , I just copy pasted the links from there.