WhatsApp’s Integration of UPI-Based Payments Has Strategic Consequences for India’s Digital Economy
WhatsApp’s Integration of UPI-Based Payments Has Strategic Consequences for India’s Digital Economy The partnership defies 20th century notions of a public private partnership, and offers a glimpse of the private sector tipping its hat to the sovereign function and prerogative in identifying and authenticating the beneficiaries of a digital service. WhatsApp is going to integrate… (0 comment)

With Internet Archive Ban, Bollywood’s Fight Against Piracy Threatens Online Freedom Again
With Internet Archive Ban, Bollywood’s Fight Against Piracy Threatens Online Freedom Again High courts across India have repeatedly used blocking injunctions as a blunt tool to fight piracy. But as a result, the people’s right to access the internet is being severely curtailed. Any person attempting to access any of the specified websites now gets a… (0 comment)

Why India’s Poor Must Have a Right to Privacy
Why India’s Poor Must Have a Right to Privacy Regardless of the Supreme Court’s final verdict, the false dichotomy between privacy and welfare must be expunged. It is the poor, who need more rights, not less. Credit: Reuters Over the course of the epoch-making case pending before the Supreme Court on the right to privacy… (0 comment)

Increase in Tax Returns and Income Tax Base
Increase in Tax Returns and Income Tax Base Despite government press releases, as of August 2017, there doesn’t appear to have been a substantial increase in the number of new tax payers or direct tax collection as a result of demonetisation. Representational image. Credit: Tax credits/ Flickr CC BY 2.0 On the morning of August 8, most… (0 comment)

Over 140 Animals Found Dead After Floods in Kaziranga
Over 140 Animals Found Dead After Floods in Kaziranga Rhinos with their calves standing on an elevated land in the flooded Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Credit: PTI Kaziranga: The second wave of floods in Assam has inundated 80% of the 481 square km area of the famed Kaziranga National Park (KNP) and claimed the lives… (0 comment)

How Dams and Deforestation Are Affecting Mangroves and Fish Stocks
How Dams and Deforestation Are Affecting Mangroves and Fish Stocks It is an important time to focus on the unintended and unexpected consequences in the natural-human interactions in the food-energy- water nexus. Credit: Kannan Muthuraman The impact of dams on the diversity of fish is a telling example of the unintended consequences of human activity.… (0 comment)

There Is Still No Real Coastal ‘Planning’ in India
There Is Still No Real Coastal ‘Planning’ in India While multiple parallel plans are in place, there is no cohesion; not even the basic high tide mapping matches across the coast. A fisherman arranges his fishing net at a beach against the backdrop of pre-monsoon clouds in Kochi June 5, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Sivaram V On July… (0 comment)

As Narmada Struggle Reaches Its Most Critical Phase, Governments Must Listen to the Displaced
As Narmada Struggle Reaches Its Most Critical Phase, Governments Must Listen to the Displaced In Madhya Pradesh, where the scale of displacement is highest, the government has gone back on its previous promises of adequate rehabilitation. Activist Medha Patkar during her fast on August 2. Credit: PTI The struggle of Sardar Sarovar dam evictees and… (0 comment)

The Hush Hush Project to Save Kashmir’s Wular Lake
The Hush Hush Project to Save Kashmir’s Wular Lake The Jammu & Kashmir state government has been working quietly on a huge project to save one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. The Wular Lake in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Credit: Athar Parvaiz “How long will they remain hidden from the world … the… (0 comment)