Who’s playing the Taiwan card in India-China tensions, Modi or the RSS?

Who’s playing the Taiwan card in India-China tensions, Modi or the RSS?

  • Members of expatriate Indian Hindu nationalist groups are unofficially calling for greater engagement with Taipei – something likely to anger Beijing
  • While the calls mirror a hardening of New Delhi’s stance, it is unclear how much weight they carry with PM Modi – and for him, that’s very convenient

Singapore is distributing thousands of devices that can track where a person has been and who they have interacted with.

The small bluetooth device is meant for those who do not own smartphones and cannot use a contact tracing app that was previously rolled out by the Singapore government.

While there are some concerns over about data protection, authorities say the token helps vulnerable groups to feel safer when out and about.

For instance, the token helps elderly people keep a precise record of their whereabouts.

Expatriate Indian groups tasked with advancing a Hindu nationalist agenda in Taiwan could pose trouble for the already-tense India-China relationship.Right-wing Hindu organisations linked to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and registered as religious groups in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, where an estimated 50,000 Indians work and study, are unofficially calling for greater engagement with Taipei – something that is likely to anger Beijing.

The stance of the groups – which are linked to the BJP’s ideological parent the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS – could add to pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “play the Taiwan card” in India’s increasingly acrimonious relationship with Beijing.