The Guardian’s Cambridge Analytica & Facebook data story


All Writings, Government, Individual, Press This, Psychology, Society

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe algorithm used in the Facebook data breach trawled though personal data for information on sexual orientation, race, gender – and even intelligence and childhood trauma Source: How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook ‘likes’ into a lucrative political tool | Technology | The Guardian Public data has become a means of dispassionately looking at humanity for […]

March 18, 2018

Finding belief in moderateness in the nuclear age


All Writings, Government, Individual, Psychology, Society

Reading Time: 8 minutesNuclear technology is not bad in itself.  We have understood the sun and the stars, and in a way, have harnessed the same power to a lesser extent.  We have controlled fission, and are yet to understand ways to control fusion for peaceful purposes.  The insistence on using solar energy to fulfill the requirements for electricity […]

February 3, 2018

Is it possible to have development without taking sides?


All Writings, Blog, Government, Individual, Self improvement, Society

Reading Time: 6 minutesOne would normally consider the taking of sides as being counter-intuitive to the idea of development.  Whatever resources we have, we would want to use them in a planned, organized, and united effort to get the best possible results.  There is any number of examples of this.  In a family, when the father, mother, and […]

January 31, 2018

Crisis of democracy – social decline through politicization, and insistence on freedoms and rights


All Writings, Government, Individual, Society

Reading Time: 26 minutesIt is easier to answer the question, what is democracy as compared to why is democracy.  Yes, why is democracy favored and touted as the ideal principle for governance, even though its failure was anticipated right from the time of Plato.  As it is practically impossible for all the people to get together and make […]

July 23, 2017

Crisis of democracy – the simultaneous rise of individualism and populism through the agency of the Internet


All Writings, Government, Individual, Society

Reading Time: 21 minutesIf one were to make a most basic study of the idea of democracy, it would readily be understood that it stands on the principle of transfer of power.  Decades ago and as it happened for centuries, when even the possibility of the existence of the Internet and communication technology as we have today could […]

July 7, 2017

Indian government’s demonetization step – preparing a nation for the future


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Reading Time: 9 minutesIt has to be maintained that, when history would look back upon the Indian government’s decision of demonetization, factors more significant than political party and economics would be considered.  Did the present Indian government under the BJP have complete and full understanding of the implications, and of the effects of demonetization as they would be […]

May 25, 2017

Indian government’s demonetization step – rooted in the concept of the divine


All Writings, Government, Individual, Society

Reading Time: 9 minutesTry as one may otherwise, the human mind by necessity needs to have some basic concepts about the world around us.  The concepts we have could be, should be, of a more general nature.  Upon these basic concepts, details are added through observations, experiences, training, and learning.  If the basic concept is correct, they will […]

May 20, 2017