Data Colonisation, Data Monopolies, and what can be done.

A few weeks ago, Mukesh Ambani, the richest Indian, and the Chairman of Reliance Industries, spoke about something that has been, hitherto, the province of academics, and the left. He called for an end to data colonisation by large foreign MNC’s who collect, churn, and harvest our data, to make great profits. Like the dialog on cultural colonisation 40 years

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CNBC TV18 article : 2019 General Elections: Will farm loan waivers be order of the day?

This appeared in CNBCTV18, here Election season in India means fierce competition for farmers’ votes. With 52 percent of farmersin debt, loan waivers are a clear vote-winners for political parties. However, is it enough? With the recently concluded state elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, a new phase of farm loan waivers has begun. The newly anointed Madhya Pradesh chief

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CNBC-TV18 Column : The Right to Offend is an intrinsic part of freedom of expression

I wrote this for CNBC TV18 – here On paper India is a democratic republic, based on the rule of law; where individual freedoms are guaranteed by the State. However, in practise, we are held hostage by disparate groups who are easily offended, and use existing laws to stifle free speech, and individual freedoms. This has to change. In Odisha,

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CNBC TV18 Article : The Rule of Mobs

This week brought the news that Carnatic Classical vocalist, and Magsaysay award winner, TM Krishna’s concert was cancelled after a motivated campaign by a driven cabal of self-proclaimed defenders of Indian tradition. They accused him of being anti national, anti-Hindu, and an urban naxal – all catch all terms used to describe people who oppose  their world views. Last week

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