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Parley is a weekly podcast from The Hindu that takes a nuanced approach to discussing current topics by bringing together experts who approach the topic from different angles.

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Parley is a weekly podcast from The Hindu that takes a nuanced approach to discussing current topics by bringing together experts who approach the topic from different angles.

    Do we have a grip on disinformation in 2021?

    Do we have a grip on disinformation in 2021?

    Disinformation, or “fake news” in common parlance, is a malaise born amid the infodemic of the social media age. In the last few years, it has been used as an effective weapon to polarise communities and upset democratic processes.

    As we begin 2021, we discuss the current state of the malady.

    Guests: Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford; Pratik Sinha, co-founder of Alt News, a fact-checking website.

    Host: P.J. George, Deputy Internet Editor, The Hindu

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    • 49 min
    Is the Special Marriage Act losing out to the bogey of ‘love jihad’?

    Is the Special Marriage Act losing out to the bogey of ‘love jihad’?

    The Special Marriage Act (SMA), 1954 is seen as a progressive law enacted to help inter-faith couples. But with States such as Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh framing laws that target inter-faith marriage, the procedural requirements of the SMA — such as the need to give prior notice, and allowance for ‘objections’ — seem to be undermining its original intent by opening the doors to violent moral policing by vigilante groups.

    Can the SMA come to the rescue of inter-faith couples, who, in addition to the old challenge of parental opposition, today also have to contend with the bogey of ‘love jihad’? Here we discuss the issue.

    Guests: Veena Gowda, a women’s rights lawyer who has been practising in the High Court of Bombay, Family Court and other trial courts for more than two decades; Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

    Host: G. Sampath

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    • 52 min
    Are children being introduced to coding too early in life?

    Are children being introduced to coding too early in life?

    The number of coding and programming bootcamps that are being offered by educational technology (Ed Tech) companies for children as young as four or five years has increased exponentially in recent times. Ed Tech companies argue that careers in the 21st century will be based on technology, for which children should get a head start. There have also been ringing endorsements from celebrities for this trend.

    Should we at all be concerned about this? What are the repercussions of increasing screen time for young children? Here we discuss this issue

    Guests: Latha Madhusudhan, an educator for over 30 years, is the founder of ‘Prakriti - A Waldorf Kindergarten’, a Waldorf-inspired school in Bengaluru; Pritika Mehta, a data scientist and entrepreneur who leads initiatives to teach coding to young children via interactive games

    Host: Mandira Moddie

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    • 43 min
    Are IT project managers facing an existential crisis?

    Are IT project managers facing an existential crisis?

    Despite the years of experience and expertise that the middle management layer brings to the Indian IT services industry, it has been facing an existential crisis for a while now. Stories abound of clients preferring senior code writers over project managers, and of tech CEOs aiming  the axe at this layer first every time a sizeable lay off is planned. The pandemic has not made it any easier.

    Have enough project managers made the change to agile methodologies that steer clear of the traditional, and sequential, more rigid ‘waterfall’ approach while working with clients? Here we discuss the question about their future.

    Guests: Srini Srinivasan, Managing Director, PMI South Asia; R. Srikrishna, CEO and Executive Director, Hexaware Technologies.

    Host: K. Bharat Kumar

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    • 12 min
    Does India’s neighbourhood policy need reworking?

    Does India’s neighbourhood policy need reworking?

    Recent visits by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval to countries in the region appear to show new energy in India’s neighbourhood policy. Over the past few years, there have been many strains in ties with neighbours — for instance, with Nepal over its Constitution in 2015 and now over the map, and with Bangladesh over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

    Here we discuss India’s neighbourhood policy.

    Guests: Constantino Xavier, a nonresident fellow in the India Project, and is currently a fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress; Shyam Saran, a former Foreign Secretary and is currently Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research.

    Host: Suhasini Haidar, Diplomatic Affairs Editor, The Hindu

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    • 29 min
    Are tougher laws the answer to check online abuse?

    Are tougher laws the answer to check online abuse?

    Following widespread criticism, the Kerala government decided early this week to put on hold an Ordinance that gives unbridled powers to the police to arrest anyone expressing or disseminating any matter that it deems defamatory.

    However, the move to introduce such a law in the first place shows that State governments believe that existing laws are not adequate to deal with social media abuse. We discuss to what extent is this true.

    Guests: Rishab Bailey, a lawyer working with the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, an autonomous research institute established by the Ministry of Finance; Vrinda Bhandari, a litigating lawyer in Delhi. She is Of-Counsel for the Internet Freedom Foundation, and specialises in the field of digital rights, technology, and privacy

    Host: Jayant Sriram

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    • 28 min

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