ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Which Way for Public Libraries in India?

The public library has a significant role to play in the development of intellectual and political well-being of a democracy, but is poorly equipped to play a transformative role as it has been neglected by the state governments. Now that there is willingness to invest significant funds in building public libraries, it is important to revisit seemingly taken-for-granted assumptions of how we are to invest in this important institutional pillar of nation building.

Censorship for Counter-insurgency

The logic backing surveillance of the media and internet on grounds of their potential to cause unrest and violence is flawed. India's preference for an authoritarian policy in Kashmir with regard to media and more recently social media surveillance and control is counterproductive to its own long-term goals of integrating Kashmiris as willing partners in a democracy premised on the promise of discursive participation and equal citizenship.
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