How Ekta World is trying to muzzle and prevent us reporting its fraud

Mumbai, 14th March, 2017: Today, I received an email that was sent on behalf of Ekta World Pvt Ltd that worried me for a few minutes — yeah, but only for a few minutes before I clearly saw that this crooked builder was bluffing and intimidating once again. (Background: Ekta World has a troubled relationship with truthfulness and factuality. A couple of days back, the builder tried to scare freelance journalist Raju Vernekar that a…

"How Ekta World is trying to muzzle and prevent us reporting its fraud"

Do international couriers pose a security threat to the country?

The layman often does not know how many tiers of privilege are invisible too him. I have often wondered how I can purchase something that costs less than a dollar and it gets stuck in customs to never be seen again, or emerge after a few months, but couriers deliver international parcels within days. And it was evident that this is a mystery to many and even more have solved it with conspiracy theories, because…

"Do international couriers pose a security threat to the country?"

Drought and Farmer Suicides 101 for Manu Joseph

Not sure how to do this, given that this is a data free hatchet job by Manu Joseph. So it isn’t like he is claiming that his absurd claims are backed by data to begin with. Still, because I’m irritated enough, doing a limited take down of yet another attempt to trivialize the gravity and causes of farmer suicides with the Parliament in session (during or just before Parliament sessions is the season for hatchet jobs…

"Drought and Farmer Suicides 101 for Manu Joseph"

#Gurugram, and the real lesson from the #Mahabharata – Appropriation is as old as the hills!

Following on from this series of tweets Ever since I heard of the renaming of Gurgaon to Gurugram, it was as if something exploded within me. Naming one metro station “Guru Dronacharya” did not bother me as much – especially since the next one is “Sikanderpur”. (I died mildly, thinking of the irony, when someone suggested that the next station in Gurgaon, “M G Road”, was Mahatma Gandhi Road – it’s actually Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road). But…

"#Gurugram, and the real lesson from the #Mahabharata – Appropriation is as old as the hills!"

A Digital India with no interest in fixing serious security flaws

The government of India doesn’t seem to be interested in getting security vulnerabilities fixed. A CS engineer, Bhavyanshu Parasher, has been spending his time understanding the current security standards deployed by the government of India in most of its data-critical apps and websites. Last year, in September, he disclosed a security flaw in Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s web API that exposed user identifiable information like e-mail addresses and also that there was no proper authentication…

"A Digital India with no interest in fixing serious security flaws"

Poisonous propaganda of the online right-wing machinery

If you’ve spent enough time on Twitter, you would’ve found out it’s dominated by the right-wing. BJP IT Cell members were originally on Twitter to promote Modi as a PM candidate. A BJP IT Cell in Nagpur apparently consists of around 6200 members. You didn’t have to read this report to know that the RW machinery on Twitter is organized. You’d have thought their work would be done after making Modi the PM but they’ve…

"Poisonous propaganda of the online right-wing machinery"