Articles by Vidya Subramanian
While it may seem like it’s a worthy trade to sacrifice individual privacy to contain the pandemic, it is decisions taken in the eye of the storm that will ripple outwards, creating situations and precedents for future emergencies
Updated on Apr 04, 2020 04:49 PM IST
Interstellar travel, sentient robots, and supercomputers... on writer Isaac Asimov’s birth centenary, a look back at his legacy
Updated on Jan 04, 2020 07:51 PM IST
Little-known details about Asimov and his work .
Updated on Jan 03, 2020 01:58 PM IST
The crux of the matter is that Facebook — and indeed Google and Twitter and Uber and Amazon — are not merely companies that connect people. They are centres of an advertising marketplace, in which you, the user, is the product being sold to the advertisers
Updated on Feb 07, 2019 12:03 PM IST
A session on Hindi, titled Hindi medium: Language and elitism at the Jaipur Literature Festival, featured some hand-wringing about its status.
Updated on Jan 29, 2018 06:01 PM IST
Shashi Tharoor, Swapan Dasgupta bickered over PG Wodehouse much to the amusement of Philip Norman during a session titled The Wodehouse Effect on the third day of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Updated on Jan 28, 2018 02:16 PM IST
‘Elite buyout’ and the need to change the paradigm of development featured in a session on the environment, titled In Denial: Betrayals of the Earth, at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Updated on Jan 27, 2018 03:13 PM IST
On the second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2018, director Vishal Bharadwaj speaks of freedom, films, his father and much more. The session was titled Revolutionary Poets: On Hamlet, Haider and Shakespeare’s Ability to Speak Truth to Power.
Updated on Jan 26, 2018 03:06 PM IST
Nobel laureate Dr Mohammad Yunus believes the prevalent system of capitalism is wrong and needs to be fixed. He was speaking about his new book, A World of Three Zones at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Updated on Jan 26, 2018 02:06 PM IST
While the Padmaavat controversy rages, a conversation with Upinder Singh, Maya Jasanoff, Tridip Suhrud, and Patrick French brought up important questions on the state of violence and the violence of the State.
Updated on Jan 25, 2018 06:48 PM IST
Speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2018, Harvard astrophysicist Lisa Randall explains how dark matter and dinosaurs made human beings possible.
Updated on Jan 25, 2018 02:42 PM IST
That a commercial film with no pretensions to accuracy is being held to ransom for not sticking to the “facts” of Rajput mythology is itself a thing that beggars belief; but what is worse is the glorification of the act of jauhar, and by extension of the outlawed practice of sati by politicians
Updated on Nov 21, 2017 04:09 PM IST
By capitulating to these violent groups time and again, filmmakers such as Bhansali legitimise this illegal manner of expressing discontent, and encourage these violent thugs to do this again and again. Even if they’re only doing this to get a free pre-release screening; letting them get away with this will only ensure that it happens again.
Updated on Nov 16, 2017 04:24 PM IST
This restrictive atmosphere in universities won’t help build an enlightened and forward thinking next generation. It will only lead to a society of unthinking rule-followers who will not question authority and challenge the status quo
Updated on Oct 03, 2017 12:03 PM IST
How did a teenager convince his school, and a state government that he had got a job at one of the foremost technology companies in the world?
Updated on Aug 03, 2017 10:45 PM IST
Given the spate of cinema that wilfully accepts the “leave your brains at home” tag, the ‘masala’ filmmakers of India appear to have a really low opinion of the Indian moviegoer. It would seem that Pahlaj Nihalani agrees with this assessment, where audiences must have content filtered for them, so that they don’t leave a movie hall with the ‘wrong’ ideas.
Published on Jul 27, 2017 04:49 PM IST
Not to take anything away from the greatness of Roger Federer; but we do seem to celebrate the achievements of men so much more than those of women.
Updated on Jul 18, 2017 12:54 PM IST
Ramachandra Guha’s resignation as a member of the Committee of Administrators appointed by the Supreme Court for BCCI has exposed several chinks in the way cricket runs in India. The superhero syndrome has allowed many Indian cricket icons to enjoy conflict of interest and make money
Updated on Jun 04, 2017 04:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Vidya Subramanian
A strong precedent requires to be set in order to send out a message that safeguarding the environment is not a matter of convenience.
Updated on May 31, 2017 05:32 PM IST
While trying to support he Indian Army, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh ended up endorsing the use of a man tied to a jeep as a human shield in Kashmir. This statement was not only entirely unnecessary, it was also extremely irresponsible, especially by an elected head of a state government.
Updated on May 16, 2017 10:27 PM IST
Banning social media websites such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter will not help stem discontent in the valley. By restricting access to these websites, the government is encouraging people to find alternative ways of resistance, while inconveniencing millions of people who aren’t trying to brew discontent.
Updated on Apr 27, 2017 07:31 PM IST
Instead of fighting with VIPs at airports to not use special privileges, would it be easier to simply move them along quickly in their golf carts, so that they don’t keep getting in our way?
Updated on Apr 27, 2017 10:10 AM IST
Visitors left behind a trail of litter in the Byculla Zoo’s new Humboldt Penguin enclosure, putting the birds at an increased risk of infection. Is littering a peculiarly Indian problem?
Updated on Apr 20, 2017 02:11 PM IST
The Prasar Bharti’s proposal to set up a digital channel to tell the ‘India Story’ to counter the narratives of what is perceived to be a biased international media is problematic. The largest public broadcasting agency in India would do better to focus on dissemination of information and awareness campaigns on important issues within the country
Updated on Apr 10, 2017 05:05 PM IST
The hastag #StopHindiChauvinism has been trending on Twitter ever since the milestones on highways in Tamil Nadu were rewritten in Hindi. But this is not just a South India problem.
Updated on Apr 04, 2017 05:34 PM IST
The attack on Nigerians in the wake of the tragic death of a teenager in Greater Noida shows how racist Indians can be
Updated on Mar 28, 2017 03:51 PM IST
As the Indian automobile market continues to grow, Elon Musk and Tesla may be simply making a sound business decision to bring their cutting edge cars to India, without necessarily hoping to achieve the ideals of it. There has also been talk of Tesla setting up a manufacturing plant in India, which might be able to bring down costs a bit more.
Updated on Feb 16, 2017 02:13 PM IST
We’ve known for a while now that Twitter and Facebook are the new ‘on the record’. Confirming news is now about knowing a reliable person has tweeted about it. It is proof in the public domain. So much so that many news stories are simply about Tweets and Facebook posts in response to some event or other.
Published on Jan 06, 2017 01:34 PM IST
New Delhi | Vidya Subramanian
Cricket with all its trappings and suits, as it happens, owes much to those who make missiles and radars. Many technologies that help make cricket ‘better’, such as Hawk-eye and Hot Spot, to name just two, owe their origin to research in military technologies.
Updated on Feb 16, 2014 01:12 AM IST