Facebook’s India offer an act of techno imperialism and digital colonialism disguised as charity

The problem with flying high as a young technology billionaire is that eventually deceit and treachery always triumph over youth and good intentions. Vast and rapidly attained wealth creates its own morally corrupting weather system that follows you around your entire life. The dystopian world that Silicon Valley social media billionaires want to inflict on…

Indian Government Is Cracking Down On Freedom Of Expression And Civil Society, Says Amnesty International

Rights advocacy group Amnesty International has become the latest to join the bandwagon to criticize the Narendra Modi led BJP government of creating an atmosphere of intolerance by cracking down on dissent through arbitrary arrests, caste-based discrimination, extrajudicial killings and attacks on freedom of expression. The rights body in its  annual report for 2015-16 released…

The challenges of dealing with dissent

For a country facing serious external and internal threats, dealing with issues of dissent and freedom of speech presents a difficult challenge. An essential ingredient of democracy as a political system is freedom of speech, which Article 19 of our Constitution provides, subject to some reasonable limits that include the security of the state, public…