16 Feb '11, 11pm

Mobile phones shake up India.

Indians are discovering you can have a lot of fun with a mobile phone but it can also get you into a lot of trouble. In India today, more than 730 million subscribers are getting into and out of trouble on their mobiles, according to figures from the Indian telecom regulator. Two recent events show how the mobile phones shake up society. At the end of last month, a middle level public servant in a town about 200km from Mumbai was burned to death by criminals protecting a fuel adulteration racket. The official had spotted an illegal transaction and started to photograph it on his mobile phone. He was spotted, attacked, doused with kerosene and set alight; but he grabbed one attacker who was badly burned and arrested - and the mobile phone was recovered. It is a bad-news story that would not have happened in the days before the mobile phone. Without the phone and its camera,...

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