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Dubbed as the man who is “transforming newsrooms in India”, Nasr ul Hadi works at the intersection of technology and news. As a Knight Fellow for the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ), Hadi helps news organizations redesign workflows and think digital-first. His job involves creating a culture of innovation wherein media organizations are constantly experimenting with new tools. I caught up with Hadi on the sidelines of mBillionth Awards South Asia 2016 to discuss his work and the future of the digital space in India.
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Though nobody from Vishank's family objected to him staying in what has often been described as a Muslim ghetto, he did attract some curiosity while shifting to Jamia Nagar. "The transport loader who was helping me shift got a little scared when he came to know the address. He said that only Muslims live over here," says Vishank.
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I was in Bisara on the day of the Bihar Assembly election results, but it was far removed from the excitement of the polls, bearing a deserted look and with a strong police presence maintaining a tight vigil even a month after the murder. The villagers were reluctant to speak to reporters, and some were openly hostile, saying things like, "<em>Yeh media waale hain, inhe bhagao</em> These people are from the media, drive them away)."
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After multiple auto drivers refused to drive him home, Agarwal brought the matter to the notice of the traffic cops present. "The traffic cops told the auto driver to go ahead and drop me home but his orders fell on deaf ears," says Agarwal. A frustrated Agarwal then called the auto-helpline number and lodged a complaint against the driver. What ensued was mayhem.
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While speaking at a conclave organized by Hindi news channel Aaj Tak earlier this month, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar kicked up a storm by stating, "We have to neutralise terrorists through terrorists... Why can't we do it? We should do it. Why does my soldier have to do it?" However, the real inspiration behind Parrikar's "<em>Kante se kanta nikalna</em> (removing a thorn with a thorn)" remark seems to be coming from none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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The two controversial editorials which have appeared in <em>Saamna</em> hint at the fact that the Sena is preparing for a militant run seeking to polarise voters in the lead up to the BMC elections in 2017. If the ploy works, the Sena would yet again be viewed as a burgeoning symbol of Hindu pride in the face of Muslim appeasement.
There is one thing that defuses the negativity that permeates us most of the time. This colossal force is called cricket. The World Cup semi-final against Australia offers Team India the opportunity to accomplish far more than just another win for the country.
Modi's hypocrisy and double standards on terrorism are evident when one listens to his views on "Islamic" and "saffron" terrorism, respectively. If terrorism has no religion then how can it be termed as "Islamic" when it cannot be branded as "Hindu" or "saffron"?
So why did the most powerful person on the planet choose to caution a country which is known for encouraging pluralism and secularism? The answer lies in the fact that ever since the Modi government has taken to office, fringe groups belonging to the Hindu Right have increased their vitriol towards minorities, mainly Muslims.