“There is a need to regularize these things for the greater good of society,” said Mohan Bhagwat, leader of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.
Streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video have been the subject of lawsuits and police investigations, primarily in BJP-ruled states, for content deemed inflammatory and offensive to the country’s predominantly Hindu population.
Netflix, Amazon and Walt Disney Co, another major streaming platform in India, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Bitcoin and the Indian Association of Blockchain & Crypto Entrepreneurs could not be contacted immediately.
OTT platform, Bitcoin, Partition, Medicine; Key points from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech in Dussehra
There is no control over what is displayed on OTT platforms, after Corona even children have phones. Drug use is on the rise … how can we stop it? The money from these companies is used for anti-national activities … All of this needs to be controlled, “RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said.
“A currency like bitcoin – I don’t know which country controls it or what rules govern it,” Bhagwat said in a speech to supporters marking the Hindu festival of Dussehra on Friday. “The government should do it. It has to do it.”
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Modi’s government often turns to the Hindu group for political advice, but has refrained from regulating streaming platforms. Movies and TV shows, however, have to go through a censorship board.
The government prepared but failed to submit a bill to Parliament earlier this year that would have banned trading and holding of cryptocurrencies.
Local media reported that the government is seeking to tax cryptocurrency transactions and the exchanges, traders and lawyers who support them in the country.