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Attempt to muzzle voices on Quora

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Quora is a place to gain and share knowledge. It’s a platform to ask questions and connect with people who contribute unique insights and quality answers. This empowers people to learn from each other and to better understand the world.

And I do contribute to many such questions giving my perspective on things. I do it thinking, I am putting my perspective for the community. However of late – I have seen zealous Quora Moderators flagging down my answers – collapsing them for policy claims – all of them being – “Answers that are not in English would be collapsed“.

Now if I have to answer the question in Indian context – and say have to use Indian delicacies name – particularly when the Question itself contains the word “pakoda” and mention a few Indian Delicacies – with not even a single sentence in Hindi – is it strong enough reason by zealous Quora Moderators to flag down my answers – or Quora Moderators are kind of biased and have political affiliations?

My answer to the question – What do you think about the “pakoda” comment of Narendra Modi?

Here is the screenshot of my original answer

Now after seeing the answer – can anyone help me (I really don’t know how to reach the correct stakeholders at Quora) understand that what part of “Answers that are not in English would be collapsed” is my answer triggering?

Many times in the past, for having Indian words in the answers are collapsed – depriving the community of reasonable opinions and making informed decision as per as Quora tenets – “This empowers people to learn from each other and to better understand the world”.

Or just like Twitter – even Quora platform has been hijacked for muzzling the voices of people whose arguments sounds logical but do not fit into a political narrative being tried to be developed in this country?

A few of the previous answers getting collapsed were –

  1. How few sites were fooling Indians into believing that Government of India is going to introduce a bill that would give them rights to withdraw money from their savings (I should have rubbed the group – The Logical Indian and The Humans of Hindutva the wrong way, I guess)
  2. Peshwa versus Dalits – where I argued that there were 16 Marathas, 8 Rajputs name inscribed on the pillar itself – who died fighting for the British Army, and the very narrative of British observers that most of the dead from the Peshwa Army consisting of Marathas, Arabs and Gosains (Yes Gosains is not an English word, so is Maratha and Rajput) – were Arabs mercenaries.

All these attempts on Quora and Twitter give credence to evidence that the political game for 2019 is going to get dirtier – with a virulent campaign of misinformation, lies, damn lies.

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