Prahar, an NGO based in Assam has urged the Indian government to block BGMI, the Indian version of the world-famous battle royale game PUBG Mobile.
According to the NGO, the game ought to be added to the list of 54 Chinese apps banned on February 14, 2022, saying its omission in the list is a “clear lapse in judgment on part of the Government”.
The initiative started by Prahar is being supported by The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch.
Ashwani Mahajan, Nationwide Co-Convener, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch stated, “We congratulate the Authorities on their determination to ban one other 54 Chinese language apps in India lately.
That is in keeping with the continued demand from individuals of India to boycott all types of Chinese language items.”
“Additionally, in right, this moment’s information-centric world, sustaining know-how integrity is extraordinarily essential to guard the sovereignty of India, the safety of the state, and defense of India.
We urge the Authorities to totally examine the antecedents and China affect of the BGMI-PUBG app and take fast motion if present in violation”.
The letter written by Abhay Mishra, Nationwide Convenor and President, PRAHAR, stated, “Tencent Holdings Restricted had launched PUBG in India, and it was some of the downloaded video games on the time of its ban in 2020.
In lower than 12 months, PUBG was re-introduced in India by an entrance firm of Tencent – Krafton beneath the brand new identify BGMI – a transfer that was clearly meant to bypass the Indian policymakers.”
It additional added “On paper, Tencent is the second-largest shareholder of Krafton with 15.5 p.c shares. Nonetheless, it’s stated that Tencent holds extra pursuits in promoter’s varied companies, via non-public offers hidden from the general public, giving them extraordinary management on Krafton. Most world media additionally consult with Krafton as “Tencent backed Krafton”.
Although the game is exclusively launched for the players based in India and has no connections with the Chinese entities in it, as reported by the developers.
But in some way or the other, the game comes under the radar of various organizations who try to persuade the government to ban the game citing the Chinese company’s involvement in the game.