On March 29th, Livemint reported that Gujarat Government had taken off economic data from their official websites, which was later restored.
The official response was that this was according to Model Coded of Conduct Guidelines. But many Liberal, Intellectuals on the virtual space, said this was an obvious attempt by Modi to stop the verification of his Development Claims. Even AAP Supremo, Arvind Kejriwal had similar views.
Now Gujarat Government has gone one step further and hacked Google search. It has paid Google to replace “Gujarat” with “New York” on every google search. So, if a user searches for “Gujarat Economic Data”, Google throws up results for “New York Economic Data”. Thus Narendra Modi has succeeded in removing every bit of information about Gujarat from the face of the internet.
Now nobody can verify whether Gujarat’s capital is Gandhinagar, or if Gujarat grows at the rate Modi claims, or any other claims made by Modi in his speeches. Some sample search results:
Sources say eNREGA team of Congress, which normally checks Modi’s claims and makes infographics ridiculing Modi, are however unperturbed.
We spoke to eNREGA spokesperson Sun Das, he said “LOL we don’t give a shit what data Modi blocks. We anyways use African Sri Lankan pics and say that this is Modi’s Gujarat.”