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Fake news and the misuse of official statistics

Governments all over the world resort to spin to present themselves in the best possible light. The boundary between gloss and outright lies can often be blurred. Statistical information is the easiest to fudge. The actual numbers may not be fabricated; that would be too obvious. Instead the spin masters use a few standard tricks: …

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

Ekalavya's Guru Dakshina

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 …