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On 2nd May, 2020, India has 37776 COVID19 cases. This is after 42 days of complete lockdown. The lockdown is so severe we have seen police brutalities against many who ventured outside. Despite having 42 days of lockdown, India has reported 2411 new cases, highest in a day. This is not an anomaly and number of cases have grown since lockdown.

What we see in other countries like UK and Italy is that number of new cases after prolonged lockdown start to decrease.

On 21st March, Italy reported 6557 new cases and 1900 new cases today. …


India under lockdown.

Since 22nd March, 2020, most of the Indian states and union territories are under one or the other form of lockdown. “Yesterday we sealed the State borders and today we are sealing district borders. We will not allow it to spread to the districts which are unaffected as of now,” said Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, long before Narendra Modi announced country wide lockdown.

On 23rd March, 2020, Government of TN vide GO G.O.(Ms).№152 imposed complete restrictions on movement of people and goods with limited exceptions. …


Technology, Labour and Transforming India.

Republishing a 2016 blog I wrote. This is valid even more.

One of the ambitious promotions of Government of India is ‘Make in India.’ Simply put, the idea is to become the next China, a manufacturing powerhouse. With all our constraints, we have been in pursuit of this goal for a quarter century now. All governments since 1991 have pursued a policy to attract FDI in multiple sectors and reforms cannot be reforms without the magic words ‘Foreign Direct Investment.’ In itself, this is not a bad thing. …


Misfortune of being a Tamil in Hindia

One of the most divisive issues in the independent India was the Language policy. The constituent assembly was split wide open and spirited and passionate debates ensued. But what lingers in my mind today is that one statement by RV Dhulekar on the second day – literally the second day of constituent assembly (translated from Hindi) – “People who do not know Hindustani have no right to stay in India. People who are present in this House to fashion out a constitution for India and do not know Hindustani are not worthy to…


Of late, 5G is marketed as the ‘next big thing,’ like every big thing before this. As it happens in technology, we will not be able to foresee an application, benefit or cost in the immediate term.

On technology:

If you consider internet enabled technologies, there are many waves:

  1. Manufacturing for technology
  2. Rudimentary and commodity enterprise development with different tech stack
  3. Design and implementation of networking technologies
  4. Apps world — mainly mobile
  5. Data Science, Machine learning, deep learning, Artificial Intelligence and derived applications
  6. Maintenance of evolving technology Infrastructure

Anyone who knows Indian technology sector will know that we are dominant…


A-Z of Propaganda

India. It was May, 26 2014. There was a coronation in front of an historic building to an undisputed emperor of the purportedly new dawn, the king of good days (not times). There was hope, expectation, (misplaced) rejuvenation among many and there was anxiety, curiosity, worry and suspense among another lot. What one thinks and feels (or felt of thought) is not relevant when it comes to judge what has happened since.

There have been seemingly unconnected statements made by various ‘fringes’ – a term which is mostly an excuse by the present ruling dispensation in India…


A day, that was a symbol to remind us that we were free has become a symbolic day to remind us what we have lost.

A day that should remind us of the communal poison that split this beautiful land into pieces has become a day where we see communal poison spread from powers that be.

A day that should remind us of political opponents joining hands to make a better India has become a day where many friendships are broken because of polity.

A day that should remind us to speak freely, more openly, more provocatively pushing the boundaries…


I blame Nehru

I think I have changed. I think we, in India, are in deep shit because of Nehru. It is not just just fashionable but intellectually important to blame Nehru for all his pitfalls. Who else can we blame for our sufferings but Nehru?

I blame Nehru because he supported universal adult suffrage. If not for him, lots of bigots wouldn’t have got the right to vote and elect a Fascist.

I blame Nehru for annexing Kashmir with India whereas Patel was happy in ceding it to Pakistan. …


I wrote this many years ago. I am convinced that nothing has changed. Yet, we still have time to remedy and grab the next big opportunity that may last for many decades.

One of the ambitious promotions of Government of India is ‘Make in India.’ Simply put, the idea is to become the next China, a manufacturing powerhouse. With all our constraints, we have been in pursuit of this goal for a quarter century now. All governments since 1991 have pursued a policy to attract FDI in multiple sectors and reforms cannot be reforms without the magic words ‘Foreign Direct…


It is to be acknowledged that the Sangh or any of its tentacles have no ideologue left. Because, most of them cannot write more than a page seeped in thought or logic. Hence, what we are left with are writings of its great ideologues, Savarkar and Golwalkar and its ever adapting nature.

Many an analysis have been done to understand what their ideologies are. There are many nuances and inconsistencies in this. But a larger theme emerges. The ideologues think India as the land for ‘a particular group’ of people.

Who constitute ‘a particular group?’

The logical question is, “who…

Hari

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