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“What is the cost of lies? It’s not that we’ll mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that we’ll hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all.” : Legasov in HBO's "Chernobyl"

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"আত্মোপকারীকে বনবাসে বিসর্জন করা যাহাদিগের প্রকৃতি, তাহারা চিরকাল আত্মোপকারীকে বনবাস দিবে–কিন্তু যত বার বনবাসিত করুক না কেন, পরের কাষ্ঠাহরণ করা যাহার স্বভাব, সে পুনর্বার পরের কাষ্ঠাহরণে যাইবে। তুমি অধম–তাই বলিয়া আমি উত্তম না হইব কেন?"

"If the law recognises the right to intimacy as a core component of autonomy and privacy, then arguably, it should maintain neutrality between various forms of intimate relationships and the diverse domestic, emotional, and economical arrangements that are a part of it." epw.in/engage/article/how-can-

Is Maharashtra actually going to have a government?

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#ElectoralBonds Investigations. 3 parts out.

We have yet more to tell. The govt didn't just stop at things you have read so far.

Tomorrow
@HuffPostIndia@twitter.com leading, in Eng
@newslaundry@twitter.com in Hindi
@azhimukham@twitter.com in Malayalam
@DharitriLive1@twitter.com starts in Odia &
@raiotzine@twitter.com soon in Khasi

swarajyamag.com/ideas/economic

"JNU is a perfect example of bad socialism. If you give something for free, people have no incentive to work and earn. Why would anyone at JNU be in a hurry to find jobs or even publish research."

@ashlinpmathew writes about how evasive and non-answers are now the order of the day.

How do we continue to highlight the MPs who keep asking the good questions and in turn do not make much progress? How do we inform readers about the questions which are being asked and not answered?

(e) It might also need to be compiled into one single print-ready version that can be shared around (f) local newspapers should syndicate it and encourage conversations around it with student leadership and bodies.

Expecting this kind of an article to be taken up and ahead by the opposition is not going to help. We do not have a functioning opposition. Hell, INC keeps postponing a "save the nation" campaign - says a lot about how serious the party is.

Nitin Sethi's absolutely knock-out work needs (a) translation into as many Indian languages as possible (b) audio version [English and Hindi to start with] (c) graphics which can be made use of to put questions to the industry titans (d) (c) can also likely help understand how our daily purchases contribute to an complete break-down in Indian politics.

techcrunch.com/2019/11/19/indi - The Indian government said on Tuesday that it is “empowered” to intercept, monitor, or decrypt any digital communication “generated, transmitted, received, or stored” on a citizen’s device in the country in the interest of national security or to maintain friendly relations with foreign states.

So, Parliamentary Committees entrusted with review and drafting of affairs related to data privacy, data security and data localisation have their work cut out.

Here's a hot take on leglistators as commodities - mastodon.social/@TathagataSatp

We have truly normalised, encouraged and appropriated this abominable behaviour.

What is the appeal of games like Candy Crush? I was on a flight yesterday late evening. The 5 passengers around me were playing the game, the aisle side passengers ahead were doing the same. And it isn't limited to a particular age group or, demographics.

(Yes, very small observed sample, but as opposed to the offline viewing of content from streaming services, this was a novelty.)

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Libre Browser - librebrowser.com/ "Built on Chromium with code but without the dependency on Google web services and tweaks to enhance privacy, control, and transparency." good to see more privacy-enhanced options emerging.

For the moment I'll conclude by stating an obvious - engineering means making. To make one needs to learn to take apart, study, think about new ways to get efficiency and put it back together. That all this does not require liberal arts and just "science" is a mirage of our own making to address our elitism. We need ensure that we facilitate and grow the human potential to "make" or, "create". And that needs ethics, philosophy etc as much as mathematics.

Thanks for reading and sharing!

To be clear, I'm not advocating for nation scale experiments around lightly thought through policies. Those usually end in tears. Rather, I'm offering that since moving large institutions are difficult, forming coalitions of teachers producing content that's shareable will encourage students to collaborate and teach. There's better chances of building the mindset desired for higher order research and innovation.

mhrd.gov.in/nep-new has some good ideas about what to do. But it gets bogged down in the "create centers of excellence" and "coordination meetings" for innovation framework. Essentially, "everyone gets some limelight" at a national level. If you tease out all the negative press about graduates you'll see that essentially all of them complain about cognition, maturity and self drive in addition to value centric learning.

Those are the places we need to look into.

By and large, teachers with whom I've interacted are acutely aware of the shortcomings and possible incremental changes. The fear is whether we have run down the clock for tweaks and thus there's nothing else available as an option. If we are to use the combined effects of Arts and Science to be the backbone of growth, we need to move away from the rote model of notes based imparting of education. These memory games are the reason we are being held back.

And that means the measurement of accomplishment is not the grades in responses to a set of questions. These are difficult and massive changes. And given higher education opens up doors to opportunities, such changes will create both disruption and tremendous inequity. The privilege afforded to few to withstand the changes is specifically the reason we should introspect on whether the STEAM we teach is the one we really need.

(Continuing on this topic. A bit more to add. Thanks for reading.)

So, if we construct a hypothesis that we need to invest in teachers and teaching, we need to add a bit about the institutions themselves being agreeable to modify their vision from supplementing workforce to creating learners. This means, the methods to teach should absolutely include the method to seek answers to new questions or, question existing knowledge and provide new answers.

We enable neither path.

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