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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Bhaskar Chakravorti

The writer is Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, founding executive director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context. He is author of The Slow Pace of Fast Change

Why we should care about Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover bid
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

Bhaskar Chakravorti writes: Taking Twitter off the public equity markets, as he wants to, would give him license to do as he pleases with the platform

The folly of an ‘atmanirbhar’ internet
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

Bhaskar Chakravorti writes: It is an oxymoron. Parallels between Russia’s and India’s attempts to shake free of US Big Tech’s hegemony are worrying

The saviour complex of Facebook’s critics
Thu, Nov 11, 2021

Bhaskar Chakravorti writes: Whistleblowers and the Western media have exposed how the social media platform allows dangerous social media manipulation in developing countries. But why have they locked those very countries out of this conversation?

Indian tech unicorns are gaining at China’s expense. Is this a blessing or a bubble waiting to burst?
Sat, Sep 25, 2021

Bhaskar Chakravorti writes: The last thing India can afford is a bubble that bursts and for capital, talent and technology to take flight and seek refuge elsewhere.

The Pegasus expose shows that time has come for trans-national treaties to stall surveillance by rogue governments and corporations
Fri, Jul 30, 2021

Bhaskar Chakravorti writes: Nurtured by repressive governments and with exports to other governments aspiring to similar heights of repression, the global surveillance industry is booming.

Writing a digital history of India’s second Covid wave
Sat, May 22, 2021

Future students of history will find evidence of broken leadership and institutions in online traces from 2021, as well as reminders of the resilience of Indians

Who gets to decide what is legitimate free speech — Big Government or Big Tech?
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

We now live in a new era of global diplomacy. It isn’t just states butting heads with other states; there are gigantic tech companies that have thrown their hats into the geopolitical ring.

Trust, truth and the financial model of Silicon Valley are at odds
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Jack Dorsey’s new-found courage to silence Trump's Twitter handle may have been helped by the reality that an ex-president, now twice impeached, who incited a mob to attack his own seat of government, may command fewer advertising dollars.

Pandemic exposed the existing societal framework as unsustainable
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

It is time to imagine the boulevards and sewers that will emerge at the end of this pandemic. To consider this, we must ask what from 2020 should we reinforce, what must we rebuild and what should we tear down and build again?

Healer-in-Chief: Joe Biden will need healing superpowers to get through his first hundred days
Fri, Nov 13, 2020

Joe Biden inherits a divided nation, government, party. Economy, foreign relations also need immediate healing.

The war over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy may overtake all other issues
Fri, Oct 02, 2020

Battle over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy, her Supreme Court seat, may overtake all other issues — pandemic, economic collapse, fires and floods — in US presidential polls.

Dear Sundar Pichai: There’s a lot you take on when you take on the task of digitising India. Here are a few pointers
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Bhaskar Chakravorti writes: We may all be surprised at how quickly you might exhaust the $10 billion. It’s fine as long as you don’t run out of patience.

Trump’s anti-student salvo has to do with what he considers enemy within — liberalism
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

What can you — student, parent, well-wisher — do? Google the addresses for ICE leadership. Bang out a letter on Microsoft Word and make a PDF to ensure it will not be tampered with.

It is time for digital leaders to flatten the curve of the infodemic
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

It is about time, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook/WhatsApp), Sundar Pichai (Google/YouTube), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Zhang Yiming (TikTok) made some tough calls, much like what their own political leaders have done.

What can a govt with a need to repress do in an era of the equally irrepressible internet? Look to China
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

The first lesson you’d learn is that even the Chinese have given up on crude techniques like wholesale internet shutdowns.

Many issues between India and US will require deft diplomatic manoeuvering from S Jaishankar
Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Can Jaishankar persuade the US authorities to recognise that skilled immigration restrictions may not help Americans get jobs?

Just blame it on millennials: They are investing in experiences, not consumption and commodities
Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Indian millennials had been handed a political bonanza: Two terms of Modi, a leader they adore at home and in Houston; a muscular post-Article 370 India, which seems to have left a mark on relatively few millennial consciences; and demonetisation, a bad idea then, worse idea now, but popular nevertheless with the demographic.

Budget misses the opportunity to weigh in on some big issues. It lacks bold ideas
Sat, Jul 06, 2019

I would give this budget a B. Nirmala Sitharaman will get another chance next year. I worry that without bolder ideas, the colour of her packaging of this year’s budget may reflect the forthcoming financial state of the country.

Modi 2.0 must do something to improve ‘well-being’ of an ordinary Indian
Thu, Jun 20, 2019

Whether you prefer to believe or dismiss Gallup, your WhatsApp feed or the government’s GDP figures, let us agree that the state of well-being of the ordinary Indian is far from ideal.

US-China spat presents little opportunity for India, will aggravate the economic slowdown
Thu, May 23, 2019

When the warring parties are the world’s two biggest, and entangled, economies, everyone gets hurt — even in countries such as India, supposedly sitting on the sidelines.

India’s gender gap is a disgrace and it’s time we paid attention to women
Tue, May 07, 2019

Can you hear women at polling booths, and on the Internet? The silent revolution will get noisy soon. If the #MeToo campaign teaches us anything, it is to never underestimate the power of an angry woman with a mobile phone.

Indian woman goes to vote
Mon, May 06, 2019

Can you hear women at polling booths, and on the Internet? The silent revolution will get noisy soon.

A parallel chessboard
Wed, Mar 20, 2019

Why we may need a new theory of nuclear deterrence for a post-digital age

Budget’s blind eye
Wed, Feb 06, 2019

It fails to address dismal productivity, not just in agriculture, but across all workers.

Digital India versus Real India
Fri, Jan 18, 2019

In the run-up to the general election, global tech companies must find ways to live with populism, pandering and paranoia.