Columns

Managing the Digital Disruption?

Some Democrats in the US are demanding that Twitter ban Donald Trump from the platform. His recent threat of civil war in case he is impeached and removed from office is cited as the latest reason for doing so. Whatever the merits or otherwise of this demand, what is interesting is how the world has… Read more »

The changing meaning of wealth?

What is perhaps the most abundant resource in human history comes to us in the sparsest possible form. I am referring to the Google search bar, that doorway to virtually all knowledge that exists in the world. An empty box, a doodle, and a few words. It reveals nothing about everything that lies behind it…. Read more »

The Hindi Gambit?

The North-India centric worldview of the BJP was on display again recently when controversy about the imposition of Hindi flared up again. Mr Amit Shah’s reported statement about the desirability of a single language that would help unify the country kicked up a storm. Mr Shah has put out a clarificatory statement denying any such… Read more »

The league of disappointed women

Over the years, through the course of many research projects, one comes across many kinds of stories. Some of the most striking ones involve women across age, income and social class. There is a powerful change afoot, and this column has from time to time documented some of those shifts. Most of the changes that… Read more »

The Power of Fake News

The problem of fake news is rapidly becoming one of the defining issues of the day. As our ability to generate, broadcast and circulate news has grown exponentially, so has it become increasingly difficult to tell if the news we are receiving or transmitting is in fact the truth. In a highly polarised time, each… Read more »

Weaponising words?

The controversy around people being forced to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai or Jai Shree Ram has many dimensions worth exploring. One of these is about how a specific set of words come to carry such special significance. Why Jai Shree Ram not Jai Shree Krishna? Why not Jai Hind? Politically, this insistence appears to… Read more »