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India at 70: democratic accountability is an endangered species 1

India at 70: democratic accountability is an endangered species

Democracies are expected to empower citizens to take genuine control of instruments of the state for their development. At the core of this concept is the idea that citizens will participate in governance at the local level, making decisions for themselves, and vote in representatives to legislatures for higher-level decisions. India is an implausible democracy, …

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The rise of Hindu supremacists - what is a legitimate citizen? 2

The rise of Hindu supremacists – what is a legitimate citizen?

Big moral question these days, this business of who a legitimate citizen of India is. As fate would have it, as the super-Hindu government fucks up over and over, Muslims are among those who shine. Given the kind of publicity they get, one would imagine that Muslims are the sole saviors of India – almost …

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Many questions for Aadhaar critics. Some replies to the Aadhaar mafia.

While people question govts in a democracy, in India the govt questions anyone questioning unaccountable govt actions. And supporters think that while India was a democracy under UPA, under Modi it has become some kind of Hindu Empire and questioning the king means “off with their heads” sort of thing. For some reason, Ritesh Dwivedy confused …

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Protest by NFIW and Right to Food Campaign against making Aadhaar mandatory for mid-day meal

Unlawful to make Aadhaar mandatory

Recently, I attempted a tweetstorm on why I think the 2016 Aadhaar Act does not override, or render useless, the orders passed in Oct 2015 by the Supreme Court. I argued that all of the recent notifications by various central government authorities making Aadhaar mandatory to avail the respective service of those authorities, are in …

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What the security flaw in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s app tells us

Bhavyanshu Parasher, a young computer science engineer took a look at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Android application (among popular apps he studied for his own research purposes). The Narendra Modi app had 500,000+ downloads at that time. He found a major security flaw in how the app accesses the “api.narendramodi.in/api” API. At the time of disclosure, API was being served …

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10 reasons why caste based reservation in India is necessary 4

10 reasons why caste based reservation in India is necessary

Caste reservation in India is a way to mitigate lost opportunities due to the practice of caste discrimination in India. The reservtions are a part of India’s affirmative action initiative after independence that assured Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward classes representation in key areas like education or government employment. It is very common …

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