Articles by Partha P Chakrabartty
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.
Jan 29, 2019
Red-flagging universities in Intelligence Bureau note a reminder of growing shadow of government surveillanceApparently, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has sent a note to the HRD Ministry ‘red-flagging’ universities, because key stakeholders in them were critical of the Narendra Modi government. This has made the HRD ministry hesitant to award the Institute of Excellence (IoE) status to these private universities.
Jan 12, 2019
The Hardik Pandya-Koffee With Karan episode wasn't about sex positivity, just plain old sexismThe recent controversy over KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya’s appearance on Koffee with Karan has left the cricketers carrying the can, but just consider for a minute how many people it took for this crass spectacle to play out.
Jan 08, 2019
Indian Science Congress: What allusions to ancient aircraft, 'Krishnanian Physics' reveal about Hindutva insecuritiesIt was no surprise when a delegate at the recently-concluded Indian Science Congress suggested the Ramayana and the Mahabharata prove ancient Indian civilisation featured aircraft (courtesy Ravana), guided missiles and test-tube babies.
Dec 14, 2018
Drawing parallels between 1984 anti-Sikh riots and post-Godhra killings in 2002 specious; the two are different tragediesWhen members of the Hindu Right answer questions about 2002 by bringing up 1984, they ignore salient differences between the two genocides
Dec 06, 2018
Babri Masjid demolition anniversary: What began in 1992 continues today with name changes, building of statuesIt has been twenty-six years since the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992, an event whose reverberations continue to ripple through the fabric of our nation.