In a recent Lok Sabha session, Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President of the Indian National Congress accused the Modi Government of trying to carve out the ‘Net and hand it over to the corporates. According to him, over one million people are fighting for net neutrality on various social media platforms. Obviously, Mr. Gandhi was trying to highlight an issue before the public that might have remained obscure if not for the tech savvy populace of India.
According to the press reports, as of April 2015, there were no laws governing net neutrality in India. The issue surfaced after Airtel, a mobile service provider in India announced in December 2014 that they would be charging additional rates for making Voice calls (VoIP – Voice over IP) from its network using various mobile applications like WhatsApp, Skype etc.