Indian Government has announced a ban on 59 such Chinese apps, including Tik Tok. IT Ministry has decided to disallow the usage of these apps both in mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices.
Here is the list of apps blocked by the government:
The government justified its move saying the apps were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and national security.
“The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” the press release said.
Over the last few years, India has emerged as a leading innovator when it comes to technological advancements and a primary market in the digital space. At the same time, there have been concerns relating to data security and safe-guarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians, the Union ministry of electronics & IT said in a press release today.
“The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues,” the press release mentioned.
This decision came among the India-China clash at the borders on 15-06-2020. Tensions on the Indo-China border have spiked after 20 troops, including an Indian commanding officer, were killed in the face-off in Galwan valley.
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Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide on the morning of June 14. He was 34. The actor’s cause of death, as per the postmortem report by Cooper Hospital, Mumbai, was asphyxiation due to hanging.
This issue has raised questions about the film industry’s treatment of young talent.
The director of Dabangg film 2010, Abhinav Kashyap, in a lengthy Facebook post, wrote that Salman Khan and his family sabotaged all of his films, bullied and intimidate him, which eventually led to his divorce.
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After the devastating news of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has divided social media into two. Even as the actor’s family prepares for his funeral at the Pawan Hans cremation chamber at Vile Parle, Mumbai. Many Bollywood actors and filmmakers have called for an inward look, questioning the role of ‘Bollywood mafia’ in the apparent suicide of a 34-year-old promising actor, who managed to carve his opening in the industry without a Godfather.
Kangana Ranaut, who has always stood and speak up about the issue, released a video on social media.
Kangana Ranaut slams nepotism over Sushant Singh’s death, asks ‘why didn’t he get awards?’
What was there that he could have wanted from life?
What was there that he could not have achieved in his coming years? Or he could not have hoped to achieve in the coming years?
Were there financial issues?
Or was he not able to cope with a separation, break-up, rejection?
What could have been there?
There are several such questions which make a merry go round in my mind and i never reach the conclusion even if i try my best. And these are not only related to Sushant Singh Rajput(SSR). It is related to may such incidents. Do you know About 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17%) are residents of India, a nation with 17.5% of world population(source:wiki)
Even though we know there are very little chances that we may narrow down the reasons or thoughts of a person leading to such a capital decision. But we still try.
What could have been the reasons for these suicides?
Former TV actor and popular Indian film star, Sushant Singh Rajput, who entertained cinema lovers all across with his innumerable performances sent shockwaves across the country with the news of his suicide. The 34-year-old actor reportedly ended his life by hanging himself at his Bandra residence, where he was living alone during the lockdown. The reason behind him taking this extreme step is not clearly known, however, early reports allege that he was suffering from Depression for the past 6 months.
“Depression is a hidden disease and the manifestations are as varied as the people it affects. In the entertainment industry, there is a lot of pressure to perform, not only on screen but off screen too by making right friends, being in news in the right manner, and being in touch with the right people. We have lost too many young and promising people in the entertainment industry to mental health issues. There are sporadic attempts to create a healthy atmosphere to people in the industry to talk about what’s troubling them, but we are still struggling. We will probably never know what triggered this suicide, but possible reasons can be a restricted lifestyle due to lockdown and the resultant sense of isolation.” Says Dr Prakriti Poddar, a mental health expert, MD Poddar Foundation
Rajput gained fame from a hit daily soap ‘Pavitra Rishta,’ after which he stepped into Bollywood. He was one of the brightest stars among the younger lot, who gave stupendous performances in films such as Kai Po Che, the biopic of MS Dhoni, Kedarnath and a film on mental health issues, Chicchore. The actor was last seen in a film on an OTT platform.
Incidentally last week, Rajput’s ex-manager, Disha Salian also committed suicide after jumping off a high-rise building in Mumbai’s Malad area.
Deep down we see all the celebrities so connected to their fans and other celebrities through social media. Are they really connected? When social media started, it had a dream of reaching everyone and giving everyone a voice. Did it? If it did, do we listen to those? SSR was a man of generosity. He once donated one crore to Kerala Flood Relief Funds on behalf of a fan.
But were any of us was available when he actually needed a friend.
What solution can be there?
While we have come a long way with regards to openly talking about mental health, especially with celebrities opening up about their struggles, it still remains a stigma among many. We live in a world where people still think that mental health is not a very serious matter. This incident is just another reminder that we need to break the silence and stigmas related to this health condition. Your mental health should be your priority but at the same time, you must be supportive of other people battling with a similar condition.
Dr Prakriti Poddar adds, “While some show signs that can indicate their suicidal tendencies, there are many who may never say or do anything to indicate that they may end their life. Talking about suicide, seeking access to the means such as guns, pills, or other objects that could be used in a suicide, self-loathing, and giving away prized possessions or making arrangements for family members are some potential indications. An episode of depression, psychosis, or anxiety, a significant loss, such as the death of a partner or the loss of a job, loss of social support, a personal crisis or life stress, especially one that increases a sense of isolation, and exposure to the suicidal behaviors of others, such as friends, peers, or celebrities can put an individual at a higher risk for suicide. The unrelenting pandemic has only added to it.”
Only solution that seems viable to me is that having at least one friend to whom you can open without a hesitation, without a thought of right and wrong. A friend who won’t judge you on your choices, your decisions. Have someone as the friend and Become the friend for someone. Moreover, it could be family, father, mother, brother, sister anyone.
How to help someone ?
If you have recognised these symptoms in someone close to you and think that they might take any drastic step then first of all, just share the information about the same to their family and friends.
No matter what, just don’t leave them alone. They need your support now, more than ever. Listen to them without judging, arguing or yelling at them. Apart from that ask them to seek professional help.
Does Govt have a part play here? To be true, majority of the suicides in India comprise of farmers. There are happiness ministries at places, do they research what leads to an act of ending life?
The United Nations (UN) released its World Happiness Report and India was at a dismal 144 rank of a total 156 nations surveyed. India has been scored at 3.573 points nestled between Lesotho and Malawi nations. Pakistan, on the other hand, has been ranked 66 with a score of 5.693. Pakistan, A country that we always compare ourselves with and feel proud in winning against, is also way ahead of this in this game. I feel there is no root cause analysis to this situation in India. All the happiness ministries are on paper and contribute Aryabhatt’s invention in this field.
RIP SSR! You will be missed! They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time. I’m quite sure your second life will be much longer than your first one.
Sushant was 34 years old and was much loved for his performances on the small screen as well as in movies.
Rajput made his film debut in the buddy dramaKai Po che!(2013), for which he received a nomination for the Filmfare Award For Best Male Debut. He then starred in the romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance (2013). His highest-grossing releases came with a supporting role in the satire PK (2014), followed by the nominal role in the sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016). For his performance in the latter, he received his first nomination for the Filmfare Award For Best Male. Rajput went on to star in the commercially successful films Kedarnath (2018) and Chhichhore (2019).
Bollywood lost yet another actor as Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide at his residence in Mumbai. While the industry is still reeling with the passing away of Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, Bollywood has to now deal with yet another loss.
Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide at his Bandra residence by hanging himself on Sunday, Additional Commissioner of Police Dr Manoj Sharma confirmed. “Sushant Singh Rajput has committed suicide, Mumbai Police is investigating.
Police has not found any note yet,” said DCP Pranay Ashok, spokesperson Mumbai Police.
In an official statement, Sushant Singh Rajput’s team had shared, “It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us. We request his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life, and his work like they have done so far. We request media to help us maintain privacy at this moment of grief.”
Little analysis of #SushantSinghRajput Twitter & Instagram profile :-
His last release was ‘Chhichhore’, which hit the screens in 2019. He romanced Shraddha Kapoor in the film, which emerged as a massive blockbuster at the box office.
The actor was rumoured to be in a relationship with Rhea Chakravorty and the couple was often snapped by the paparazzi around the city.
Sushant Singh Rajput earned massive fame with a TV show and made a successful transition to films.
He marked his debut in Bollywood with ‘Kai Po Che!’ in 2012 and went on to deliver massive hits like ‘PK’ and ‘Kedarnath’. His biggest hit till date remains ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’, wherein he essayed the role of India’s much loved cricketer Dhoni. Sushant was much loved for his role in the film, wherein he romanced Disha Patani and Kiara Advani.
On the professional front, Sushant was to be seen in Mukesh Chhabra directed ‘Dil Bechara’ with Sanjana Sanghi. The film was an official remake of Hollywood hit ‘The Fault in Our Stars’
Here are some twitter reactions to the death:
Dream list of #SushantSinghRajput :-
Shekhar Kapur says Sushant Singh Rajput(SSR) would weep on his shoulder: ‘I knew the story of the people that let you down so bad’. He wrote on Twitter–