Guard Free Speech, Republic

On January 26, 65 years ago, when we the people of India gave ourselves the Constitution, we adopted a new way of life defined by individual liberties, secured by free speech. In the 7th century, when Prophet Muhammad proclaimed Islam, he too gave a way of life, but let’s first go hundreds of years before…

VMware rejigs top management

Technology major VMware has made changes to its top management, with plans to bag new projects in Indian government, cloud computing and mobility space. The Palo Alto headquartered company appointed Sundar Balasubramanian as the Senior Director for General Business for its India business. In his role, Balasubramanian will be responsible for growing VMware’s partners and…

Digital India roundup: Govt, Samsung to set up tech educational institute & More

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Samsung Electronicshave signed an MOU to set up the MSME-Samsung Technical School, with an aim to establish a total of ten such schools for conducting joint training programmes across the country. Students at this facility will be provided trade-specific training on repair and troubleshooting for consumer electronics products…

UN Human Rights to Scrutinize Treatment of Ethnic Minorities in Sweden

Sweden’s treatment of ethnic minorities will feature front and center at the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Monday.

“[The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination] expressed concern at increasing reports of racially motivated hate speech against visible minorities, including Muslims, Afro-Swedes, Roma and Jews, particularly by some far-right politicians,” the UN report said.
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Pluralism: Freedom with riders?

India has not been kind to people who have taken the path less travelled — be it MF Hussain or Salman Rushdie  and more recently Perumal Murugan. Even while we have social media that has boosted freedom of expression and creativity, there is a rider in the form of Article 66A. Given that anytime a…