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Privacy Pirates ?
Columns, In Black & White

Privacy Pirates ?

January 16, 2021

Suddenly “WhatsApp” is the enemy. Google is the “big brother”, Facebook is the propagator of hate and invader of privacy. Well truth is, these big tech companies were always all this and more. Much much more. But why is everyone surprised? Privacy watch dogs and tech journalists have been warning us about this for years….

God save America for the sake of Democracy
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God save America for the sake of Democracy

January 9, 2021

The United States of America (USA), the global purveyor of Democracy took a hit to its democratic credentials as a group of rioters took over Capitol Building, the seat of the US Government. As the rioting unfolded, many had that “Schadenfreude” feeling, the joy one feels when something bad happens to a person they don’t…

COVID Wordplay
Columns, Coronavirus Update, In Black & White

COVID Wordplay

December 26, 2020

In modern times, apart from the World War years, there probably has never been so much global anticipation, anxiety and hope for a New Year as there is for the year 2021. Also, there has never been such urgency for a year to end as this year, 2020.  Everyone feared Y2K. The year 2000 was…

Money Honey
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Money Honey

December 19, 2020

By Vikram Muthanna Last week, we got some bitter news about something sweet. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) reported that when they subjected 13 prominent brands selling honey to a sophisticated test in Germany for adulteration, except three, all other brands failed. The only three brands that passed were Saffola, Markfed Sohna and…

Cow Laws & Peacock Justice !
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Cow Laws & Peacock Justice !

December 12, 2020

Karnataka’s BJP Government has resurrected the issue of cow protection as they are hungry for some “political fodder” and on Wednesday hurriedly passed the “Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill 2020” in the State Assembly.  Of course, the Bill is yet to pass the Legislative Council and get the Governor’s approval. But…

Celebrities & Vaccines
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Celebrities & Vaccines

December 5, 2020

The Covid vaccines are finally here. Surprisingly, they didn’t evoke much jubilation. That’s because may be we have been emboldened by our recovery rates. So emboldened that some of us are wondering if we need this vaccine at all ! Of course, some others are just wary of vaccines, period.  Every Government since the invention…

Tiring Justice
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Tiring Justice

November 28, 2020

Yesterday, the Supreme Court delivering its reason behind granting interim bail to Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV, in the abetment to suicide case, held that Courts should, “ensure that criminal law does not become a weapon for selective harassment of citizens.” Phew! Thank you SC for that judgement…but what’s the use? All we can…

Obama Certification
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Obama Certification

November 21, 2020

Suddenly the Senior Congress leaders are voicing their dissent against their party in the media! Ironically, earlier the same leaders encouraged the suspension of their party colleagues who indulged in such “introspective” acts because it was seen as trying to undermine the Gandhi family.  Where did these Senior Congress leaders suddenly find such courage?! And…

The Arnab Saga
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The Arnab Saga

November 14, 2020

Three days ago, Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV walked out of jail. The telecast was theatrical with exhilarating music playing in the background as Arnab popped out of his car’s sunroof to deliver a freedom fighter style “Bharat Mata Ki Jai.” Many of my journalist friends were emotional, even those who detest Arnab’s…

Call-Out Culture
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Call-Out Culture

October 31, 2020

For a few days now one video has been making the rounds on WhatsApp. The video shows some empty pizza boxes strewn alongside a road in Kodagu and you can hear a local Gram Panchayat’s (GP) former President angry with tourists from Mysuru who threw that trash. What happens next is interesting.  The ex-GP member…

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