It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist. Internationalism is possible only when nationalism becomes a fact, i.e. when peoples belonging to different countries have organized themselves and are able to act as one man. It is not nationalism that is evil, it is the narrowness, selfishness, exclusiveness which is the bane of modern nations which is evil. Each wants to profit at the expense of, and rise on the ruin of, the other.

Indian nationalism has struck a different path. It wants to organize itself or to find full self-expression for the benefit and service of humanity at large … God having cast my lot in the midst of the people of India, I should be untrue to my Maker if I failed to serve them. If I do not know how to serve them I shall never know how to serve humanity. And I cannot possibly go wrong so long as I do not harm other nations in the act of serving my country.

Mahatma Gandhi (Young India, 18 June 1925, p211)

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Academicians slammed Facebook's Free Basics initiative



Academicians from India's premier institutes IITs and IISc have slammed Facebook's Free Basics initiative, terming it “flawed“ and “misleading“.

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, around 50 faculty members from IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kharagpur, Madras, Patna) and IISc Bengaluru have denounced the proposal dubbing it a “lethal combination that will lead to total lack of freedom on how Indians can use the internet“.

Listing three major flaws in the programme, the scientists urged the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to “thoroughly reject“ Facebook's “free basics“ proposal. “The first obvious flaw in the proposal is that Facebook assumes control of defining what a 'basic' service is.“Facebook will have access to all your apps' contents.

“This flaw is not visible to the lay person as it's a technical detail, but it has deep and disturbing implications. Since Facebook can access un-encrypted contents of users' 'basic' services, either we get to consider health apps to be not basic, or risk revealing health records of all Indians to Facebook.

“The third flaw is that the term 'free' in 'free basics' is a marketing gimmick.“

The academicians said that the 'Free Basics' proposal “is flawed as above is alarming but not surprising, for it violates one of the core architectural principles of internet design: net neutrality.

“Compromising net neutrality, an important design principle of the internet, would invariably lead to deep consequences on people's freedom to access and use information.

“We, therefore, urge that the TRAI should support net neutrality in its strongest form, and thoroughly reject Facebook's 'free basics' proposal.“

Dec 31 2015 : The Times of India (Hyderabad)

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