Looking Back at the DU Photocopy Case

Guest Post by Apoorva Gautam In August 2012, three international publishers- Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis, filed a case in the High Court of Delhi, claiming damages to the tune of 60 lac rupees from Rameshwari photocopy shop (in the premises of Delhi School of Economics) and the University of…

ELECTORAL SYSTEMS AND ELECTIONS IN WEST BENGAL

Spandan Roy, from DSE, discusses the shortcomings of electoral politics as we know it, in the context of West Bengal.  Political democracy is a product of human choices and elections are central to the functioning of democratic systems. Over the years, people have tried to study the choice of electoral systems made by different countries…

Taming the Beast

Guest post by Meghna Yadav Every April Fools Day, the administrators at Reddit come up with a social experiment, a game designed to be played by the members of their 9 million strong community. 2017 saw ‘The Place’, a (999,999 x 999,999) pixel board, where you were given a 16-color palette and could put a…

On Letting Go: Centralization vs Information Aggregation

By Aarushi Kalra मैं भी मुँह में ज़बान रखता हूँ  काश पूछो कि मुद्दआ क्या है   I too have in my keeping a tongue, a mouth Only if you asked what the matter is -Mirza Ghalib   Set the stage: a round table and three chairs. Enter: Minister, Economist and Bureaucrat (The words “well-meaning” stamped…

The State Divine: Democracy and Rational Discourse Today

Guest Post by Kanav Gupta As happens in the times of cholera, art and intellect flourish with an insight and sense of urgency that they might not in times of relative stasis. The basic reason for this is the undeferrable need to face the adversity, its conditions and affects: to resist and oppose them, and…