Upon arriving in China (where we traveled after India), 9-year-old Kyri said of all the gleaming highways and office buildings, “Daddy, this looks more like America.” But by the end of our trip, 11-year-old Annika proclaimed: “India was dirty. China is polluted.
This winter, I’ll see more patients with seasonal-affective disorder than the flu, and the tissues in my exam room will dry tears more often than they muffle sneezes.
Uttar Pradesh, which elects 80 lawmakers to the lower house of the Indian Parliament, will be a key state in the formation of the new government. “The situation is certainly worrying because there are political players in Uttar Pradesh, who have an incentive in polarizing votes using religion,” said Ramachandra Guha, historian and author of “India After Gandhi”, a history of modern India.
Honesty demands that Vice’s accomplishments be acknowledged. It also demands that we call Vice what it really is: an ever-expanding machine for selling counterculture cool to the world’s largest and most mainstream corporations. All media companies including ours are in the business of selling their audience’s attention, of course, but Vice stands out for its twin passions of wrapping itself in antiestablishment symbols and simultaneously hustling harder than anyone to become part of the establishment. More than most media companies, Vice is a trick pulled on its own audience: lured by the promise of not giving a fuck, cool kids are assembled into a space where their desirable not-give-a-fuckness can be sold to corporate sponsors for hefty fees, which go into the pockets of Vice’s owners.
India had quietly announced its surveillance system, the Central Monitoring System (C.M.S.) in 2011 in an official report, and the surveillance project is expected to be implemented by August across the country. The surveillance project would allow the Indian government to read e-mails, search inboxes, monitor activity on social media, track Internet usage of an individual and also tap landline and mobile phones in real time. The C.M.S. project can target any of India’s 160 million Internet users and 900 million mobile phone and landline users.