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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Review - Mandate : Will of The People

Vir Sanghvi's book Mandate: Will of The People was quite a revelation to me. I expected it to be yet another book chronicling post-independence Indian political history, but it turned out to be something entirely different and delightfully so.  For those of us who became politically aware in the 90s and later, there is a clear disconnect when our political leaders talk of the Emergency, Operation Blue Star, Indira Gandhi assassination, the genocide that followed and many other past events . Sure we can read it up in history books, look up Wikipedia and hear stories about them but frankly there is too much information to process and more importantly, it appears to have little value in the present age. But can we really ignore the past and still hope not to commit the same mistakes all over again?

Posted By danish Ahmed 7:26 PM

Saturday, May 23, 2015

China's Latest Cartographic Aggression

China's state-owned CCTV showing a map of India without Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh on backdrop of Prime Minister Modi's visit did create a controversy but not a significant one. The usually hyper-ventilating hyper-nationalist twitter users, television anchors/journalists were silent, perhaps assuming that any outrage would put the Prime Minister in an uncomfortable situation and not embolden him and that the issue has nothing to do with national interest. After all, these maps do not represent the ground realities. But then, why would China, which is not known to indulge in vanities when it comes to state policies, let this situation develop. Everything about maps in China is supervised by a special committee in coordination with 13 ministries, so the broadcast of this map being entirely the decision of a news channel producer or executive seems bit of a long shot. Especially so when seen in the context of China's history of cartographic aggression.

Posted By danish Ahmed 12:03 AM

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Net Neutrality: Is Your ISP Shaping Traffic Now

 In my previous post I have discussed about Internet censorship in India, in this post I wish to discuss bandwidth throttling and how to find out if your ISP is slowing down transfer speed despite you paying for it. According to The Hindu, Airtel and BSNL have been found to throttle Bittorrent traffic. However, this data is couple of years old and probably doesn't include your ISP information, so here are some tools to find out if your ISP is cheating you.

Posted By danish Ahmed 2:30 AM

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Open The Internet Please

The Times of India report says "telecom and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad backed an open internet three days ago" which makes one wonder whether the minister really backs open internet or there was some shoddy reporting on part of the Times Group. But let us not get into the semantics now (though I will come back to it eventually), so as not to dilute the issue at hand. The current debate raging on has more to do with the concept of net neutrality, which thanks to the efforts of online activists, seems a certain victory now. If you are unaware of what net neutrality means and why it is under threat, the video created by AIB explains it best.

Also visit savetheinternet.in

Posted By danish Ahmed 5:30 PM

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal:Into The Shadow Of The Great Satan

The Iran nuclear deal reflects the changing geopolitical realities in the Middle East and is all set to determine how the regional dynamics play out in the future. Despite strong opposition from Israel, the Arab countries of the GCC and section of US Congressmen, the framework hammered out between Iran and the P-5 + 1, is being seen as a major diplomatic victory by the Iranians. True, the deal prevents Iran from developing nuclear programme further but it doesn't seek to completely destroy its technical capabilities to maintain it, including the ability to create nuclear weapons. Further, this deal is applicable for 15 years only and as a leading oil-producing country, lifting of sanctions against it could mean Iran's economic standing turn around really fast. Add to that the fact that it possesses a credible military force and a network of well-armed proxies, the anxiety of its regional rivals can be well-understood. But, the deal coming in the wake sectarian strife in the region, in which Iran is a major player does raise questions and hopefully offers answers too.

Posted By danish Ahmed 7:02 PM