Articles by Partha P Chakrabartty
May 23, 2019
In crediting Narendra Modi with disempowering India's elites, TIME cover story ignores regional parties' achievementsTime Magazine’s cover story on Narendra Modi declaims him as India’s ‘Divider in Chief’ but its lead essay, written by journalist Aatish Taseer, seems to credit the BJP with disempowering the elite, a feat actually achieved by the many regional parties of India.
Apr 29, 2019
A Quantum Leap in the Wrong Direction?: A data-driven look at NDA's policies, but selective in its critiqueA Quantum Leap in the Wrong Direction? claims it moves away ‘from partisan debates that resort to propaganda and provide no answers’ and that ‘the authors rely on an assessment of available official data and other reputable information, and thereby, let the facts speak for themselves.’
Apr 24, 2019
Narendra Modi’s Bollywood blitz, and a bandwagon of political films begs the question: Are we citizens or fans?Over the last few months, PM Narendra Modi has hobnobbed with Bollywood & captured the national conversation
Apr 04, 2019
Lok Sabha polls: Facebook, WhatsApp should boost digital media literacy to supplement its efforts against fighting fake newsFacebook has 2.3 billion ‘citizens’ of its ‘digital nation’ and its time the tech giant is held accountable.
Apr 03, 2019
Voters rate govt 'below average' on governance, says ADR report, holds to account all of India's political classIt turned out that for all 31 categories of performance, across urban and rural voters, the performance of the ruling government was rated 'below average' in the ADR survey. According to the survey, the top two priorities of the 2017 survey remained the same in 2018 — Better Employment Opportunities and Better Hospitals/Primary Healthcare Centers
Mar 19, 2019
Facebook hasn't done much to reduce data privacy fears post Cambridge Analytica scandalOn the promises it did make when it came to the Cambridge Analytica expose, Facebook has made little progress.
Mar 02, 2019
Trevor Noah should apologise for his racism against South Asians, making light of India-Pak tensionsWatching Trevor Noah lampoon the ongoing border crisis was infuriating.
Feb 14, 2019
Twitter vs Indian parliamentary panel: No one comes out looking good in this drama; it distracts us from real issuesReal issues with social media that urgently need addressing, as well as the threat of increased government surveillance that needs fighting, will now get lost in all the posturing.
Feb 10, 2019
#ProtestAgainstTwitter misses a more clear, present danger to our Internet freedomIf we love the Internet, both netizens of the right and the left, this is not a war we can afford to sit out.
Feb 02, 2019
Dissent on Aadhaar: New book highlights limitations of ID project, legal and tech opposition to itWhile some of the themes mentioned in Dissent on Aadhaar have filtered down to conversations in urban, English-speaking India, the book reveals that we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.