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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, …

What does outraging on Twitter achieve?

Percentage of time devoted to rural news on TV

It is very common to have selfish, ignorant people who would not like to know about the suffering of anyone keep talking about how “outraging on Twitter achieves nothing”. Their oblivious state registers no information flows, public opinions formed, or help offered and received. They have decided that help is not this, and that is …

Oppose the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011

The notification of the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011 in April 2011 has resulted in the creation of a mechanism whereby intermediaries (such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, etc) receive protection from legal liability in return for trading away the freedom of expression and privacy of users. The Rules demand that intermediaries, on receiving a …

Living Democracy

Anna broke his fast, and the dam seems to have broken on a flood of articles about how the Lokpal Bill is trouble for India. Doom and gloom alternates with how we have the systems necessary, but are not using them appropriately. Many people seem to see this as an arbitrary body that would get corrupted and …