Technology is aspirational as well as embedded in the micro practice of everyday life. Technology has enveloped and ensconced us in its bear hug embrace. Technology has inherent values of its founders which drive its proliferation and its outreach of this sociotechnical construct. Apple, the maker of the now less than iconic iPhone, with its … More Downloading the ‘Social Justice’ App: Rebooting the emerging technologies conversation
Long before the refugee and the humanitarian crisis of the post Arab Spring countries demasking the so called empowered politics of the EU nations and the U.S.; the Indian Subcontinent had one in 1947, where millions died and mass migration occurred due to region based partition- Punjab and Bengal was severed. Identities were fortified into … More Identity and Migration
Fifteen years back, the world as we know changed; in rhetoric and reality, binaries were created and institutionalized between ‘with us or against us’ Last one and a half decades of wars, revolutions, springs, summers and ultimately the winter of 2016 resulting in post truth Trump and War Hawk Hillary and millions of deaths. Refugee … More Ground Zero: Sacred Ground no more
As the world integrates digitally, inequities are being superficially ironed over by rhetoric whereas most of the crucial governance work remains in the communities which are unreached. There is a sure shot gap between the development elite and the on the ground workers. Pretty much like the parliamentary left and organized social sector in the … More Communities : The battleground for (g)overnance
Ola Bola is a terrific sports film! Had to watch it after the film festival controversy and PM Najib’s mention during the Merdeka Day address. Saw elements of Chak De India including ego clashes, non enthusiastic parents towards sports and an inspiring pep talk before the end of the match. Some flights can be very … More Ola Bola : A cool sports film
In 2013, during my first stint in Delhi, I was surprised and delighted to observe a new urban politics in the AAP emerging from the India Against Corruption platform. Then, after a period of hibernation, they came back with a bang. AAP as an intellectual project floundered when Prof YY and Prashant Bhushan left. In … More AAP: A Political Project gone awry
I am aware that labor strikes are contrary to middle class sensibilities in India, and take them as relics of a pre 1991 India which everyone in the media is keen to relegate to the confines of history as if Reliance Jio launch is the stuff of history rather than an archaic national strike. Welfare … More Media Response and Labor action in a deregulated economy?