Author: Adrian Narayan

INDIA: Women in an Insensitive Society With a Feudal Male Mindset

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES – On Nov. 16, “India’s Daughter” will air at 10 p.m. ET on PBS’ “Independent Lens.” This critically acclaimed documentary originally aired on March 8, 2015 in a number of countries, but was banned from Indian TV.  British filmmaker Leslee Udwin’s film exposes the Dec. 2012 incident of a 23-year-old female medical student who was brutally gang-raped and murdered on a bus in New Dehli. This documentary has captured the attention of many activists, including feminist rights activists Jagmati Sangwan, Freida Pinto, and Meryl Streep. Sangwan commented, “This is sadly symbolic of how our feudal mindset works. The government can punish the...

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INDIA: Social Media’s answer to Shiv Sena

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES– Can online declarations of love defeat real-world violence and intolerance? A few thousand Indian and Pakistani social media users are trying to find out. Connected by a mutual concern about the current state of Indian-Pakistani relations, internet users have been posting photos of themselves and short statements of peace and fellowship on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In recent instances of hate against Pakistan by the Indian far-right regional political party, Shiv-Sena’s imposed extra-legal ban on Pakistani artists, writers and sports personnel has caused an international social media campaign amongst the rising tension between India and Pakistan. On October 22nd, Indian activist...

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India: The Rusty Spark into the Digital Revolution

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES– With the second highest number of internet users in the world, the Indian government’s new flagship program, ‘Digital India,’ has potential to become a great success.  With Prime Minister Modi’s trip to Silicon Valley in early September, hype over this new government initiative has wooed the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Microsoft. Along with others, these major tech companies have promised to invest in Modi’s ambitious plans to get rural Indians into the Digital Revolution.  As the global benchmark seems to advance with the information age, its seems logical that PM Modi is ramping up a long-delayed effort to connect...

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INDIA: Cyber Extortion is on the Loose

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES – Online crime is on the rise in India and the nation’s cyber cops say beware digital extortion. As this continues to become a major issue, India has ranked as the world’s sixth most targeted country (second in Asia), in terms of financial institutions that are hacked. Internet hackers have and continue to penetrate feeble security systems of various businesses, in order to encrypt a company’s information. Once this is done, fraudsters are able to cut business owners’ access to their own personal information or worse yet, their entire company’s data. This leaves the victims no choice but to...

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INDIA: “Make in India” or “Break in India”?

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES—A government initiative to make a difference in the third largest Asian economy hasn’t gotten off to a very productive start. Announced back in September 2014, Make In India is an undertaking to invite international companies to manufacture their products in India. Since it’s launch, Make in India has brought in some major companies such as Samsung, Spice Group, and Huawei – but the list stops there. This dilemma isn’t a shocker given the lack of capital and domestic government funding in India. It’s virtually impossible to close down any factories that employ more that 100 employees unless the...

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