How secure are India’s museums?

The titan lies, mute, as a toddler runs her pint-sized hand over its seven-foot tusk. Don’t touch it, her mother hisses. In vain. The girl continues, agog with wonder, as others gather around the creature and a bored attendant looks on. Stegodon Ganesha, whose plaque simply reads “Animals that lived millions of years ago”, is … Read more How secure are India’s museums?

Error 404: BharatNet’s connectivity issues

Nuh in Haryana is not a particularly remarkable place. Located just 47 kilometres from Gurugram, it looks like the poor cousin of Gurugram. But as one drives past the market centre, and into the village of Tain (pronounced Ty-eeen), a signpost stands out. Not for its ostentatiousness, but for the text that adorns it—Smartpur. The … Read more Error 404: BharatNet’s connectivity issues

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