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Santosh Desai

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New Elite vs Liberals: The Rift Widens

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Santosh Desai Narendra Modi’s resounding victory is above all his own. This is a vote that has risen above regional and caste considerations, and signalled its strong preference for a single leader. But Modi’s win-all marks other victories. The TV anchor has w... More »

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The future as flow?

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Santosh Desai Technology has a way of making radical change feel matter-of-factly incremental. The arrival of the digital world has enhanced our capabilities in ways that are profound, but this dramatic change is consumed as if it… via TOI Blog More »

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A mango state of mind?

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Santosh Desai The second most contentious subject in India, after politics, is mangoes. Every summer, respective camps start waging their campaigns, and as is the norm today, things quickly descend into name-calling. So, at the very outset, it is important to ... More »

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Obscured by media?

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Santosh Desai If one were to predict the outcome of the elections on the basis of reports in mainstream media, there would appear to be no contest. A few months ago, the picture seemed to be blurred,… via TOI Blog More »

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TikTok: Leave them kids alone

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Santosh Desai TikTok has survived its legal challenge and continues to engage the rapt attention of millions of young Indians. This is a platform that needs to be understood, for its improbable influence, its potential cultural effect, as well for the kind of ... More »

Jet: Memories of Another Day

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Santosh Desai Brands come and go, and certainly, airline brands have come and gone with predictable frequency, but the impending demise of Jet Airways feels like a loss. Its birth was significant, not just for the sector,… via TOI Blog More »

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Jet: Memories of Another Day

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Santosh Desai Brands come and go, and certainly airline brands have come and gone with predictable frequency, but the impending demise of Jet Airways feels like a loss. Its birth was significant, not just for the sector, but in helping reshape India’s self-ima... More »

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The religion card?

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Santosh Desai The BJP’s official Twitter handle recently tweeted a quote from Amit Shah’s speech which explicitly declared that if the party came back to power, it would implement the Citizenship bill for the entire country and would act against all infiltrato... More »

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BJP: Turning intensity into numbers?

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Santosh Desai As the respective campaigns of the major political parties gather steam, it does appear that at the level of the overall narrative, the BJP is comfortably ahead of its rivals. Post- Pulawama, it has been able to shed its some of the tentativeness... More »

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When in doubt, vote against

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Santosh Desai There are many voters who have already decided who they are going to vote for in the forthcoming elections. For those who have made up their minds to vote for the BJP, the reasons might be many. A strong belief in the leadership of Narendra Modi,... More »

Towards an Age of Unreason?

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Santosh Desai “We are writing something that we can no longer read”. This is Kevin Slavin, MIT researcher and author, speaking about the advances made by AI and Machine Learning spoke of how machines were designing solutions… via TOI Blog More »

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Towards an Age of Unreason?

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Santosh Desai “We are writing something that we can no longer read”. This is Kevin Slavin, MIT researcher and author, speaking about the advances made by AI and Machine Learning spoke of how machines were designing solutions to human problems in ways that the ... More »