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Saving yourself from govt propaganda and fake news in India

The recent book I am a Troll: Inside the secret world of the BJP’s Digital Army was instrumental in exposing a trend in India which had been going on for the past few years – that of the BJP (and its co-ideologists like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – RSS) employing thousands of young men and women… Continue reading Saving yourself from govt propaganda and fake news in India

Culture & Life · Medicine & Doctors · Politics · Public health

Doctors, Academics, and Artists Bear the Brunt of Mob Violence in India: Here’s How They Can Help Each Other

This appeared in theWire.in on 15 March 2017. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: While the medical community regularly (and rightfully) demands and expect protection from mob violence, is it morally justified that it looks the other way when other citizens are subjected to similar violence? Mob bullying and violence are among the most deplorable aspects… Continue reading Doctors, Academics, and Artists Bear the Brunt of Mob Violence in India: Here’s How They Can Help Each Other

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New Science on Why People Believe Fake News

This was published by theWire on March 5, 2017. Here is the link. Below is an extract. “To sum up, Mercier and Sperber claim that our faculty of reasoning is perfect for making, and accepting or rejecting, argumentive claims. They say this is its primary evolutionary function. But our reasoning faculty is imperfect – though not… Continue reading New Science on Why People Believe Fake News

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Bhansali Attack: ‘Hurt’ Feelings Are No Justification For Violence

This was published in HuffPost India on Feb 8 2017. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt. “These emotions are so subjective and varied that often even members of the same family are at opposite ends on whether, for example, a particular statement is offensive or not. In the Padmavati case also, while the… Continue reading Bhansali Attack: ‘Hurt’ Feelings Are No Justification For Violence

History · Politics · Recommended movies, books etc.

Conversing With Gandhi in Digital India

This was published on Gandhi’s death anniversary this year, Jan 30 2017. Here is the link. Below is an extract: In a documentary on the making of the movie, Attenborough expressed phenomenal admiration for one of young Gandhi’s most profound insights: “It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored… Continue reading Conversing With Gandhi in Digital India

Politics · Public health

Ranks 143 and 149 in 188 Nations: What India and Pakistan Have Lost Through Decades-Long Military Quests

This article, batting for peace and human improvement in the South Asian region, was published in Scroll.in on Oct 2 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: When one looks at such data, one realizes how hollow the self-congratulatory attitudes of Indian and Pakistani citizens are. It is amazing to see how a… Continue reading Ranks 143 and 149 in 188 Nations: What India and Pakistan Have Lost Through Decades-Long Military Quests

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Ram Guha and the Idea of India

As an Indian citizen, the present times give me much cause for worry. Just when we thought Indian society is on the way to getting more mature in terms of prioritizing issues, there has been an unfortunate rise of low-level politics and intolerant societal attitudes. The ‘idea of India’ has suffered from numerous setbacks. It is… Continue reading Ram Guha and the Idea of India