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On 25 July, Forbes headlined the Yahoo buyout as the “saddest $5 billion deal in tech history.” This is heartbreaking indeed. Throughout my childhood in the 90s, Yahoo was the king of the net, and today it is anything but. So, is there something that we can learn as startups from this classic fall-from-grace story?
The recent government decision to ban porn sites has had a castrating effect on many people, yours truly included. As I write this, it is fifteen past midnight and in another laptop window, YouPorn is playing. I am in Hyderabad, and at present, the site is running unhindered here. Thanks to the government for small mercies! But is it true that porn is hurting our society? What is the evidence of that?
Seriously, it gave me a sledgehammer jolt when I read about the two brothers who cleared the recent IIT entrance exam against all odds. For many students in the same age bracket, along with awe and admiration, the news may have stirred some other emotions as well -- frustration, envy, jealousy or feelings of inferiority. The media is partly responsible for this...
I didn't have a two-rupee coin for using the Badarpur Metro washroom. The doorkeeper looked at my Aam Aadmi Party cap and smiled, "Don't worry. Just pray that Kejriwal remains healthy always." I was returning from the swearing-in ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet at Ramlila Maidan, along with my friend who had come all the way from Hyderabad to participate in the historic event.
There is a tendency to oversimplify such incidents in the media with headings such as "ethnic cleansing" or "Bodos versus Adivasis". These are dangerously lopsided views and they tend to escalate the tension even further. On analysis we find that, among other factors, the root cause for the recent massacre was essentially the struggle for land between the original inhabitants and supposed encroachers.