Flavours of Nationalism | A conversation with Nandita Haksar & Vikram Doctor | #mondayfixgoa, 13th July, 7.30 pm, 2020

India was born a hungry nation and, as we are constantly reminded, most recently by stories of migrants travelling back home with little food, it is still a hungry nation today. Yet this often seems forgotten in all the growth in food writing in recent years. Nandita Haksar seeks to change this with The Flavours … Continue reading Flavours of Nationalism | A conversation with Nandita Haksar & Vikram Doctor | #mondayfixgoa, 13th July, 7.30 pm, 2020

Distress. Anger. Rebellion. Talk by Sudeep Chakravarti | 7.30 pm, online, 6th July #mondayfixgoa 2020

DISTRESS. ANGER. REBELLION. A discussion on conflict & conflict resolution in a post-Covid India by Sudeep Chakravarti. Author of several books including ‘Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country’ and most recently of ‘The Bengalis’ and ‘Plassey: The Battle that Changed the Course of Indian History’. Leading independent commentator and writer on of conflict and conflict … Continue reading Distress. Anger. Rebellion. Talk by Sudeep Chakravarti | 7.30 pm, online, 6th July #mondayfixgoa 2020

Web Censorship | Talk | 29th June, 2020, #mondayfixgoa

One of the ways in which the Government of India censors the web is by asking Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to certain websites for its users. Following from the provisions of the Information Technology (IT) Act, website blocking in India can be opaque and executive-driven. There are no guidelines on the the … Continue reading Web Censorship | Talk | 29th June, 2020, #mondayfixgoa

Usability and Privacy Issues | Covid 19 apps in India | Talk, 22nd June #mondayfixgoa

A slew of mobile apps were released by different government bodies in India as a response to the Covid-19 outbreak. State and UT governments released apps for the purposes of quarantine management, ensuring compliance to quarantine rules, providing healthcare information and updates, and so on. Public health being a subject on the State List, the … Continue reading Usability and Privacy Issues | Covid 19 apps in India | Talk, 22nd June #mondayfixgoa

Minorities and Migrations talk | 15th June, 2020

“Migrants (and refugees) are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity”, quoth Pope Francis. Yet very often, they are. Globally, migrations fulfil different needs: economic, social, or political, and allow societies to assimiliate and forge heterogenous identities. A plural society needs to be mature, responsible, and should legislate mechanisms to avoid the neglect and demonisation … Continue reading Minorities and Migrations talk | 15th June, 2020

Surveillance in Covid Times, with Lawrence Liang, Sanjay Bhangar & Alok Hisarwala, 1st June, 7.30 pm, online

The use of mass scale as well as individuated surveillance to respond to Covid-19 pandemic has been a serious cause of concern. It has also exposed the underlying fault lines within the debate on surveillance and privacy. Unlike conventional cases of political surveillance of citizens, the deployment of surveillance for the purposes of public health … Continue reading Surveillance in Covid Times, with Lawrence Liang, Sanjay Bhangar & Alok Hisarwala, 1st June, 7.30 pm, online

Platforms, Privatised censorship and free speech in India, a talk. May 25th 2020

Online platforms, particularly social media, operate as the new ‘public squares’. They play an increasingly critical role in shaping the public sphere and redefining democratic participation, through the enforcement of privatized content censorship, filtration and other forms of content moderation practices. This talk looks at the role of platforms in mediating online speech, and how … Continue reading Platforms, Privatised censorship and free speech in India, a talk. May 25th 2020

Post Covid Environment, talk by Vimlendu Jha

India’s environment during and after Covid – A mirage or hope for future. Covid has caused unprecedented economic and social misery, pushing millions round the world to poverty and starvation, along with anxiety around health and safety. In these difficult and uncertain times, one thing that has found a fresh lease of life is our … Continue reading Post Covid Environment, talk by Vimlendu Jha

Social Media Networks and Production of Discourses, May 11th

Social media is simultaneously reviled and celebrated for its role in social movements and public discourse. It is as much an enabler as it is a hindrance to the democratic engagement of voices. With a vast possibility of outcomes, and given its impact on the nation’s destiny, social media networks have not yet been given … Continue reading Social Media Networks and Production of Discourses, May 11th