Sanjukta Basu on BBC Click On Fake News and Trolling on Social Media

Hi all In the month of Aug 2017, I appeared on BBC World Service Radio Program talking about the issue of fake news and trolling in India. I was in conversation with Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson of BBC World Service program BBC Click, earlier known as Digital Planet. I spoke about the right wing troll army on Twitter who … Continue reading Sanjukta Basu on BBC Click On Fake News and Trolling on Social Media

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Right Wing Trolls Spreading Lies About Me Using Fake Photos

This is my fourth blog post about how for the last 4 months the right wing trolls have been harassing me. It is an open secret that the right wing trolls are supported by BJP IT Cell, ok allegedly, and over past 4 months I have observed such patterns in the trolling, I can now … Continue reading Right Wing Trolls Spreading Lies About Me Using Fake Photos

BJP Trolls Pull Out 8 yr Old Tweet To Shed Fake Tears For Mayawati

The amount of efforts right wing troll are putting in to 1) Intimidate me 2) Question the credibility of my entire identity and opinion, I wonder is it even worth it? Have I really done something so significant that BJP is so rattled? I woke up today to see they have spread another blatant lie … Continue reading BJP Trolls Pull Out 8 yr Old Tweet To Shed Fake Tears For Mayawati

When Sanjukta Basu Defended Anushka Sharma from Virat Kohli’s Sexist Fans Blaming Her

Much sanskari outrage over a tweet I made a year ago, in which I question a vengeance seeking masculine mob blaming Anushka Sharma, for the bad performance of Virat Kohli. As if, he was playing cricket with his dick, instead of sporting skills. The right wing trolls dug out the tweet from past and used … Continue reading When Sanjukta Basu Defended Anushka Sharma from Virat Kohli’s Sexist Fans Blaming Her

Why Rahul Easwar Is Outraging Over Sanjukta Basu’s Feminist Joke?

Samast virat sanskari people of akhand bharat outraging over a marriage joke I shared in 2009. Eight years. Why? Coming up. In a thread of 22 tweets I explained what kind of low regressive narrow minded people these are, Rahul Eshwar, Shefali Vaidya and their ilks. How they have mastered art of inciting a mob … Continue reading Why Rahul Easwar Is Outraging Over Sanjukta Basu’s Feminist Joke?

No Raveena Tandon, You Have Not Been Trolled, And Ramayana is Not History

Raveena Tandon the 90s Bollywood actress is the new Hindutva icon in town. She is following the foot steps of her fellow Bollywood celebrities who have recently been blessed by BJP party tickets, national awards and Lok Sabha seats for toeing in line with the establishment. After a recent incident where she was trying to, … Continue reading No Raveena Tandon, You Have Not Been Trolled, And Ramayana is Not History

The News Sucks And There’s a Femicide in Guatamela

Hello people. A confession, the staying off Facebook / Twitter didn't really work. Social media platforms are no longer just places to share your thoughts but also to seek information and exchange ideas. This bit was missing when we first started blogging. Back then it was only about sharing. So that's a learning from this experiment. … Continue reading The News Sucks And There’s a Femicide in Guatamela

Social Media Ethics, Safety and Privacy issues – Guftagu at Azad Foundation

First published on my social media start up Samyukta Media. Experience from series of talks to marginalized women at Azad Foundation.

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I recently delivered a series of 2-3 hours talks, something we call a Guftagu (chit chat) with groups of young women from marginalized background as part of capacity building initiatives by Azad Foundation.

Guftagu with Azad Foundation

Founded in 2008, Azad Foundation is an Indian NGO empowering marginalized girls by providing them formal training in commercial driving and also providing them jobs via their sister entity Sakha Consulting, a social enterprise.  Over a period of 5-6 months, these girls are trained not only on various aspects of being a commercial driver but also other life skills they might need in order to be fully independent, self-confident and realize their full potential as strong empowered individuals.

Alices in Social Media wonder land

The Azad Foundation girls mostly come from very patriarchal regressive background with very little experience of even stepping out of their home or talking to male strangers without supervision let alone…

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Gift economy – Why it cannot work with Indian mentality (In response to an Open Magazine article)

Gift economy - Why it cannot work with Indian mentality (In response to an Open Magazine article). Please share your thoughts and opinions as they will help me in figuring out how to price the services Samyukta Media offers.

Mention in Sunday Guardian and TED Fellows Friday

Season's Greetings to all my readers. Hope the festive season has greeted you well so far and shall keep you warm and cozy through Eid, Diwali, Christmas and all other special days to come. I just came back from a month long vacation to West Bengal, revisiting my native land almost after 15 years. The … Continue reading Mention in Sunday Guardian and TED Fellows Friday

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Launch of Samyukta Media: My small step in a big world

Samyukta Media is alive and kicking, please visit website for more updates http://www.samyuktamedia.com So it has been about 3 months that I have quit and an update is much needed on how has life been without a job. Life has been good, more importantly,  it has been exactly the way I planned. Sometimes I get worried when … Continue reading Launch of Samyukta Media: My small step in a big world

Public Announcement: I am no longer associated with Bell Bajao

November 2009, Samode Palace, Rajasthan, 'Breakthrough' was having its strategic planning and retreat. In an interactive game the staff were asked to mention the date/month they joined Breakthrough and how has their journey been so far. When it was my turn I said, "I joined Breakthrough one and half months back and if jobs were … Continue reading Public Announcement: I am no longer associated with Bell Bajao

Survey by TCS shows urban school children in India are well versed in New Media

This particular survey done by Tata Consultancy Services shows that  "The Web 2.0 Generation are digital natives, with high technology savvy, global in terms of aspirations and outlook as well as being increasingly optimistic about India’s economic future." The survey is one of the largest conducted amongst youth in India covering 14000 students from schools across … Continue reading Survey by TCS shows urban school children in India are well versed in New Media

Welcome decision by SC restricting the freedom of speech often absued by Blogger’s

Times of India reported that the case of a 19 year old blogger Ajith may forever change the way bloggers blog in India. To quote TOI, "Bloggers may no longer express their uninhibited views on everything under the sun, for the Supreme Court said they may face libel and even prosecution for the blog content. … Continue reading Welcome decision by SC restricting the freedom of speech often absued by Blogger’s

Going to attend ‘India Lies in You,’ Quitting from Mutiny’s Managing Editor position

Phew! So much is going on in life, just don't have the time to blog. This person asked, "whats up?" Now for some it might just be a conversation starter but for me it is a dilemma, should I or shouldn't I start telling what all is really up. Let me see, umm, from the … Continue reading Going to attend ‘India Lies in You,’ Quitting from Mutiny’s Managing Editor position

One perfect example of elitism

In my previous post besides pointing out the fact that Bloggers are making an unnecessary hue and cry over this Kunte v. Dutt issue, I also brought my reader's attention to a particular angst I have against a culture of elitism in Indian social media. I have had this for quite some time. But never … Continue reading One perfect example of elitism

Kunte v. Dutt: Indian Bloggers’ waged a war against their favourite enemy

A war has been waged by the Indian Blogsphere against NDTV Journalist Ms. Barkha Dutt. Recap: Certain Mr. Kunte wrote this blog post against Barkha Dutt. Note, I said against Barkha Dutt as a whole, not just on her reporting style. He called her an 'idiot.' Soon he followed it with a public apology and … Continue reading Kunte v. Dutt: Indian Bloggers’ waged a war against their favourite enemy

Did you read the Morung Express

Posted yesterday on Mutiny.In, have recieved 30 comments so far...Read on...  I was doing some random search on Google when I stumbled upon this website called The Morung Express. The name itself suggested it's a news site. It looked like something to do with India, but not really. I moved the mouse around the home … Continue reading Did you read the Morung Express

Future of New Media

The writer's strike might end by Sunday. A bright future of new media ahead. Apparently, the new tentative agreement assures writers that it “protects a future in which the Internet becomes the primary means of both content creation and delivery.” That's a major victory for new media stake holders. The end of the strike will … Continue reading Future of New Media

I was a panelist in the ‘Faculty Development on “New Media Concept and Applications”

Yeh Kahan aa gaye hum yunhi blog karte karte... With all the 'celebrity bloggers' of India Uncut and Desipundit out there it was me who was giving a presentation as a Resource Person in a One day Faculty Development on “New Media Concept and Applications” conducted by Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication (AIMC). I was … Continue reading I was a panelist in the ‘Faculty Development on “New Media Concept and Applications”