Minority report society: Who is a "suspect" in a networked India?

Hindustan Times reports Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion of a national database of criminals and suspects. He also wants changes in laws so that these can be made possible: “We need to create a database of all the criminals Read More …

PS3: Corporate propaganda and spin

The corporate marketing and propaganda machinery morphs itself easily to stay on top of our minds and this is not achieved merely through relentless advertising. In the field of gaming, which is a highly competitive industry, if you connect your Read More …

CNN-IBN's big idea for 2009: Prime time terror, good Muslims, gays, internet

CNN–IBN broadcast a 10 minute program “Ideas 2009: What will shape our world this year”. Filled with graphics and montage sequences, the segment presented five big ideas that will shape 2009 — Prime Time Terror; Technology; the Liberal Muslim who Read More …

Updated: Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2008 resources

A regularly updated resource on the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2008. From a collection of media, academic, and blog sources.

Wonderful web worlds of child prodigies

here. Lavinashree’s website states: It is their cherised (sic) desire that she always strives to rise to the challenges ahead and emerge as a silver lining on the grey cloud winning adulation and accolades aplenty. (link, accessed 30 Dec 2008) Read More …

Child prodigies and television news scripts… aaaw! Guest post at Kafila.org

My guest post at Kafila.org, “Child prodigies and television news scripts… aaaw!”. The essay critically analyses the script of NDTV‘s news report on Lavinashree and what possible meanings it might offer. Read it in Kafila.org here.

Advertising, newspapers, and ethics

This advert for Sunny hair care products (Hindustan Times, Del, 25 Dec 2008, p2), though explicitly not stating that it regrows hair nonetheless presents two pictures — before and after. The copy does say “Keep alive your hopes of healthy Read More …

L'Oreal, Glocalisation, and PR plugs

According to a press release issued to the media by Hanmer MS&L Communications Pvt. Limited Pune, the “Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (CSI) along with L’Oréal, the global leader in cosmetics” is presenting a “fun-meets-science exhibition” at the Nehru Read More …