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    ... The Oxford Dictionary has chosen “post-truth” as the word of the year for 2016. “Post-truth” is defined as a culture where “objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”. However, I would argue that this is not a new culture. It has existed for centuries, as have the conflicts between news and fact. The desire to shape, influence and control public opinion is as old as humanity itself. We can think of the Acta Diurna as the world’s first news publication and Julius Caeser as the first news publisher in 59 BC. These were daily gazettes carved on metal or stone, featuring information of public interest such as minutes of the senate, the results of legal proceedings and particular trials. These were placed prominently in public places like the Forum in Rome. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 31, 2016, 12:02 a.m.

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    ...According to the latest census report, released earlier this year, 41 per cent of India’s population is below the age of 20 and nine per cent is above the age of 60.What does youth look like?It looks like India.In my work and travels across the country, I have observed three key trends — the young are initiative led, they will not accept the status quo and they will push for change.And the internet is their pet tool to engage and organise.This has led to a creative disruption both on the economic side and in social movements.On the economic side, social sharing through internet platforms has created the backbone of a “sharing economy” for small and medium businesses and fuelled other innovative apps and services. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 9, 2016, 12:02 a.m.

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    ... My son recently asked me who was India’s earliest feminist.I told him our country’s first feminist was a man.Ram Mohan Roy took on orthodoxy, power, religion and relentlessly campaigned for the abolition of the barbaric practice of Sati.He was not just a social reformer but a fearless and tireless crusader for women’s rights.Through his journal Sambad Kaumudi, his tracts in the Bengal Press and his sabhas, he organised public opinion and reformist thinking to change social norms and behaviours so that the 1829 law banning Sati under British India could be implemented in letter and spirit.It was a classic example of effecting social change through pressure at the top and the bottom.That was 19th century India. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 13, 2016, 12:23 a.m.