Thursday, July 23, 2015
Filled under: Book Review , India , Indian Democracy , Mandate:Will of The People , Politics India , Vir Sanghvi
Posted by: danish Ahmed 7:26 PM
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?
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Filled under: Arunachal Pradesh , Cartographic Aggression , China , India , International Politics , Jammu and Kashmir , Modi , South China Sea
Posted by: danish Ahmed 12:03 AM
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.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Filled under: Glasnost , Internet , Internet Censorship , ISP , NDT Android Client , Net Neutrality , Network Testing Tools , Neubot , Technology , TRAI , Transparency
Posted by: danish Ahmed 2:30 AM
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.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Filled under: AIB , Airtel , Bittorrent , Facebook , Google Transparency Report , India , Internet Censorship , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , TRAI , Transparency
Posted by: danish Ahmed 5:30 PM
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.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Filled under: Arab , International Politics , Iran , Iraq , ISIS , Israel , Saudi Arabia , Shia , Stuxnet , Sunni , US
Posted by: danish Ahmed 7:02 PM
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.