The news that hundreds of mobile phones in India were hacked using the Pegasus spyware, a product of the Israeli company NSO Group, has sent shockwaves through the country. The Narendra Modi-led central government is being accused of spying on politicians, social workers and media personnel. This development has made international headlines and has been noted as being dangerous for Indian democracy. This global outrage is not without reason. Besides around 40 journalists, those who were placed under surveillance included ruling as well as opposition politicians, a former election commissioner, heads of an investigative agency, social activists and industrialists.