The problem with political advertising on social media
The digital transformation across the world has brought forth new challenges for those entrusted with enforcing the writ of law. Political advertising, particularly during the time of elections, poses major ramifications for the well-being of a democracy. With platforms like Google and Facebook are providing unprecedented reach to advertisers, the Election Commission of India is hard-pressed to keep pace with its duty to police the online space. The Hindu’s report on opaque advertisers targetting attack ads at Facebook users in Maharashtra during the Assembly elections there serves to prove this point.Pranesh Prakash (board member, The Centre for Internet and Society) and Kiran Chandra (General Secretary, Free Software Movement of India) discuss the issue with P.J. George of The Hindu.
12 Nov 2019
Should schools have prayers?
The headmaster of a government in Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh) was suspended recently by the district administration following a complaint by the local VHP leader that he was asking his students to sing religious prayers in the morning assembly. Last year, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan had taken the decision to introduce a morning assembly prayer from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. In a conversation moderated by Anuradha Raman, former director of the NCERT Krishna Kumar and Faizan Mustafa, vice-chancellor, NALSAR Univeristy of Law, Hyderabad, examine the usefulness and pitfalls of a morning assembly prayer.
12 Nov 2019