Aadhaar and the gradual collapse of India Stack

When stars die, they go out with a whimper, not a bang. The really large ones often end up as black holes. Such seems to be the fate that awaits the sun that had positioned itself right at the centre of India’s digital ecosystem, India Stack. Appearing seemingly out of nowhere around five years ago, … Read more Aadhaar and the gradual collapse of India Stack

Of pride and prejudice: Inside the human mind

If you were a teenager in the 1990s, you may remember En Vogue’s chart-topping song which went “Free your mind and the rest will follow”. Western philosophy has celebrated the past three centuries or so—the modern era, if you will—as the freeing of the human mind. (The 18th century, for instance, is known as the … Read more Of pride and prejudice: Inside the human mind

Polio vaccine breach: India is perched atop the edge of crisis

Around 1.5 lakh kids in UP, Maharashtra and Telangana have received polio vaccines (OPV) contaminated with poliovirus type 2. A strand that has been pronounced ‘eradicated’. The breach is serious. Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious viral disease that can maim, paralyze or even kill children. And now, poliovirus type 2 is back in the environment … Read more Polio vaccine breach: India is perched atop the edge of crisis

Private sports broadcasters to pay for Doordarshan’s free lunch

There is a new war brewing in sports broadcasting. Between private sports broadcasters and state-owned Prasar Bharati. And if the latter is victorious, private sports broadcasters stand to lose. Substantially. Earlier this week, the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry proposed an amendment to the decade-old Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007. … Read more Private sports broadcasters to pay for Doordarshan’s free lunch