March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020

Issue Articles

Consent and Privacy in the Age of Digital Technology

When Big Data reigns and the economy relies on mass surveillance and data collection, will humans end up as Pavlov’s dogs? Taking back control of our data will require rebuilding digital technologies to make them compatible with greater democratic control.

Naming and Belonging

A Personal History of a North Indian Muslim Clan
Did my Shamsi clan “come” or “convert”? What qana’at made my family remain in India after Partition? Our lives are a confection of history and happenstance. As belonging is questioned and citizenship interrogated, perhaps these personal histories will suffice.

Crowdsourcing “Knowledge”

Troll Armies and the Attack on Science & History
The brazen articulation of weird ideas is now a mass phenomenon. These ideas reveal an ignorance of elementary science & history, yet have wide traction & lethal consequences. Why has 'fake news' taken deep root? Can we do anything to reverse this moment?

'Collective Conscience'

A Benchmark for Sacrifice?
To cite the doctrine of ‘collective conscience’ to justify capital punishment as for the convicted rapists in the Nirbhaya case is to reduce justice to revenge and bloodlust.

Our Brother’s Keepers

The Solidarity of Shaheen Bagh
The protesters at Shaheen Bagh have built a solidarity that has not been derived from some legal or religious text but is drawn from their own direct experience. They say in their own plain fashion: we are our brother’s keepers.

The Revolt of the Upper Castes

The surge of Hindu nationalism in India can be seen as a revolt of the upper castes against the egalitarian demands of democracy. The Hindutva project is a lifeboat for the upper castes in so far as it promises to restore the Brahminical social order.

Why Aren’t Our Sports Celebrities Speaking Out?

Protests by young Indians against the CAA/NRC/NPR have been met with violence by the State and silence from their sporting heroes. Why do sports icons steer clear of issues and actions affecting their fan base? Is it because they can’t or they don’t want to?

The Civil and the Military in India

A Brief History and the Challenges Ahead
The military now has an important seat at the high table of decision-making. Yet, a number of things have to happen – including an overhaul of professional military education – before the military can contribute effectively to decisions on national security.

Forum/Letters

On the civil & military and on the silence of sportspersons

Reading History wrong
Srinath Raghavan has a formidable record as a military analyst. However, he is less than fair to the military in...

The Preamble of the Constitution Becomes a Social Movement

Ideas can travel from a book into the minds of people, shaping their attitudes and behaviour; they can flow into...
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