13 May, 2021

The Hindu Software Code Bill

They’re joined at the hip: the superficial modernity of Digital India and a deep, unspoken ‘Hindutva’

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The Hindu Software Code Bill

“I know, to achieve the vision of Digital India, the government must also start thinking a bit like you (Silicon Valley).”

Narendra Modi

“We will cleanse every area of public discourse that has been westernised and where Indian culture and civilisation need to be restored—be it the history we read, our cultural heritage or our institutes that have been polluted over years.”

Mahesh Sharma
MoS for culture, Government of India



If there is one characteristic that can define India since 1991, it is the fundamental disjunction between the scientific-technical and the economic on the one side, and the ethical/moral and the social/public good on the other. The latter are sacrificial lambs at the altar of a neo-liberal, market-led model of development that can be essentially termed as technicism. In this conception,...

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