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Will AI destroy humanity or commit suicide?

Will AI destroy humanity or commit suicide?

In Ian McEwan’s seminal and subversive novel Machines Like Me, the first 25 humanoid robots with Artificial Intelligence are sold to humans. These thinking, sentient beings who crack unsolved scientific problems, can’t make sense of the brutal world humans have created. One by one, they commit suici...

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Covid19 lockdown: There's only one way to save Indian lives and economy

Covid19 lockdown: There's only one way to save Indian lives and economy

SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is here to stay. Every single carrier is one too many. Even if by a miracle everyone is cured this instant, surfaces could still carry SARS-CoV-2 for days. How long before a single, stray virus finds its way into someone’s lungs and this global nightmare has a sequel?...

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How does PM Modi's COVID-19 national address compare with global leaders?

How does PM Modi's COVID-19 national address compare with global leaders?

Image Courtesy: YoutubeWhen India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation live on COVID-19, many expected him to talk of measures planned to both counter coronavirus, and its effect on the economy. The PM instead focused on the social aspect of the virus, calling for gratitude towards th...

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The fate of India's COVID-19 fight rests on our reaction to Shaheen Bagh

The fate of India's COVID-19 fight rests on our reaction to Shaheen Bagh

Like most origin stories, this one begins with the underestimation of its subjects. Days after the Shaheen Bagh protests had begun, a video journalist wandering through hundreds of protesting women, interviewed a few octogenarians. People mocked: who’d see it? But the clarity with which these dadis ...

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Delhi violence shows success, not failure of secular, democratic India

Delhi violence shows success, not failure of secular, democratic India

In mid-February, I was traveling with a Sikh friend in South Delhi when she stopped the car. Pointing to a house in the distance, she said, “That is where my family hid in 1984, in the house of a Hindu family we did not know.” The 1 BHK flat housed 20 people for four days even as Hindu mobs killed n...

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Shaheen Bagh - living emblem of what Swami Vivekananda called patriotism

Shaheen Bagh - living emblem of what Swami Vivekananda called patriotism

Greater Kailash metro station from where I board the train for Shaheen Bagh, is expansive, welcoming and decorated with art. Shaheen Bagh’s is like stations everywhere, bit rundown and cramped, minimalist, artless, like it doesn’t care if you’re there or not.Yet, at any given time, Shaheen Bagh metr...

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The battle lines are drawn - It's the 2020 Indian Uprising

The battle lines are drawn - It's the 2020 Indian Uprising

“No no. This isn’t a battle for independence. It’s a battle for survival, a battle to save everything good in India. The very last battle,” this young student corrected another as I chatted with them at Gateway of India, Mumbai on the 6th evening. 19 hours ago, the attack on JNU students 1500 kilome...

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Davinder Singh - the man who helped bring two nuclear powers to war twice

Davinder Singh - the man who helped bring two nuclear powers to war twice

In 1970, as trouble mounted in East Pakistan, the possibility of an Indo-Pak war loomed. Pakistan – supplied and supported by the USA and China – had the latest weapons, planes, and training. A large part of India’s armory was still a vestige from World War II.In the eventuality of war, Indian arm...

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In defence of Bollywood: cautious - yes, spineless - no

In defence of Bollywood: cautious - yes, spineless - no

Shah Rukh Khan, in an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai in November 2015, – said that intolerance was on the rise in India. Ironically, the aggressive intolerance –– that he received post this is well documented. What isn’t is the grassroots hate campaign against him. In Mumbai, teams led and supe...

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In Assam, it's Mahatma Gandhi vs Modi-Shah and Nehru-Patel

In Assam, it's Mahatma Gandhi vs Modi-Shah and Nehru-Patel

In the first two days after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Lok Sabha, Assam erupted in spontaneous combustion. Marauding youths burnt vehicles, damaged public property and in one case, burned a tanker with the driver and cleaner inside. Five young men died in police firing....

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