India Government Shuts Down Internet Access at Will

( — In 2009, Miley Cyrus released the well-known song “Party in the U.S.A.”. While foreigners and those not currently living in the United States have often associated the country with opportunity, prosperity, and freedom, in contemporary times, things have been nothing of the sort in the land that was once free. Over the last several years, the 46th President Joe Biden has piloted the country into near ruin. Ordinary citizens across the country have been seriously suffering over the past period of his first term in office. Last year, record levels of inflation peaked at 40-year heights; this was largely brought about by the reckless and unprecedented spending pushed by Biden in the Democrat controlled Congress before the 2022 midterm elections. Crushed by the weight of such price hikes, the middle class, once the backbone of the nation, continues to decline in size. Wages have stagnated and diminished in many cases due to the skyrocketing costs of basic living items. Paired with this, millions of illegal migrants have entered the country through Mexico, providing an endless supply of cheap labor for affluent businessowners.

Despite things in America being far from ideal, simple glances at international affairs, politics, and government in foreign nations serve as a reminder that the world at large is not much better. In many countries, the concepts of free speech, participatory government, and individualism are simply not relatable or relevant. In the nation of India, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, September 13th, that the nation’s government was taking measures to restrict its citizens access to the internet. Allegedly, India has been responsible for more than half of all Internet blockages around the world since a digital rights group named Access Now began tracking them in 2016.

India has utilized the shutdowns as a method to “prevent” violence in the nation; last year, civil unrest in the Manipur province prompted leaders to take drastic restrictive action.

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