The World’s Largest Body of Traders Calls for Battlegrounds Mobile India Ban
With a possible Battlegrounds India release date on the way and an early access version of the game available for download right now, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has requested the government to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India. CAIT claims to be the world’s largest body of traders, whose members constitute a strong support base for the ruling party. Taking to Twitter, Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General for CAIT claimed, much like Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering, that Battlegrounds Mobile India is essentially PUBG Mobile by another name, requesting IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to “immediately ban” the game.
We urge Shri @rsprasad @GoI_MeitY to immediately ban #pubgmobileindia which is not only a threat to national sovereignty & security of India but also harmful for our young generations. After #PUBG was banned last year now they are making backdoor entry by cirumventing Indian laws pic.twitter.com/YKh6b97m9N
— Praveen Khandelwal (@praveendel) June 17, 2021
“When I say PUBG Mobile India, it refers to Battlegrounds Mobile India which is nothing but a camouflaged name to dodge the Indian laws,” said Khandelwal in a follow up tweet.
CAIT’s demand for a Battlegrounds Mobile India ban follows both of the country’s biggest political parties, the BJP and the Congress, calling for the game’s launch to be halted.
Earlier in the week an RTI confirmed that the Indian government won’t preemptively ban Battlegrounds Mobile India while another confirmed that Krafton did meet Indian embassy officials in Seoul to discuss its prospects in India. What followed next was a commitment of investing $100 million into the country.
It’s likely that Krafton won’t address any of these concerns, head on which should come as no surprise since it also stayed quiet regarding ongoing racism in the Battlegrounds Mobile community despite repeated requests for comment directed at India boss Aneesh Aravind and Chairman CH Kim.
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