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Reductionism in the digital universe

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BusinessLine In 2016, when Nintendo’s Pokemon GO created a frenzy across the world, fans of the augmented reality (AR) game were up for a surprise in Russia. While playing the game — which basically means tracking down hidden Pokemons in real time and in real ... More »

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Climate change and you – Business Line

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BusinessLine The title of the book makes you feel like, “Oh, no, not another one”. That human activity has been causing emissions of greenhouse gases that tent up in the atmosphere and prevent heat from dissipating out, resulting in the planet getting warmer w... More »

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The myth of the neutral algorithm

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BusinessLine Sometime ago, I helped an old lady book a rail ticket online. As we made the payment, a message popped up along with the e-ticket: “Are you aware that 43 per cent of your fare is borne by the common citizens of the country?” The lady got curious a... More »

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An interesting political innings – Business Line

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BusinessLine Is the lioness in winter waiting for the call to arms once again? Sheila Dikshit laughs when asked if her political career, recounted in her autobiography, Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life (Bloomsbury), is all in the rear-view mirror. “No I don’t ... More »

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Indian democracy: 70, not out

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BusinessLine Despite an ecumenical secularism and myriad divisions, we’ve had a good innings, feels Desai December 31, 2017:   In the seven decades since India gained independence, how has the nation fared politically, economically and socially? This is the qu... More »

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Education as a game-changer | Business Line

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BusinessLine Title: The New Wealth of Nations Author: Surjit S Bhalla Publisher: Simon & Schuster India Price: ₹599 It is the greatest leveller of our times and the biggest driver of prosperity, argues Surjit Bhalla December 17, 2017:   Has all your recent rea... More »

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A China that Indians must know

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BusinessLine A regimented society as a hi-tech Panopticon, Gescher’s book brings out shocking social realities in the Red Kingdom November 19, 2017:   At a little under 800 pages Becoming China:The Story Behind the State is a huge work on a humongous country, ... More »

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Indian universities are a mess

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BusinessLine Title: The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives. Edited by: C Raj Kumar Publisher: Oxford University Press Price: ₹1,495 And we still don’t quite know what to do about it, as this long-overdue volume illustrate... More »

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A gripe against BJP’s successes

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BusinessLine Despite being a racy read, Jha’s deceptively biased work falls short on perspective and insight October 22, 2017:   Everybody knows that political parties (much like commercial marketers) get into granular demographic details in constituencies whe... More »

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Blighted by a neoliberal vision

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BusinessLine Title: Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist Author: Kate Raworth Publisher: Random House Price: ₹699 A rebel economist shows how the discipline lacks both compassion and a sense of responsibility July 23, 2017:   K... More »