‘No risk of arrest’“All communication would happen on a WhatsApp group, where pictures and details of the victims would be shared. Once the client had taken his pick from the profiles sent to him, a price would be finalised. Mr. Chawda would take care of everything without being exposed to any risk of being arrested, as he would not be in the city,” the officer said. … [Read more...] about Chatting apps boost networking among flesh trade racket operators
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“I faced discrimination in several Hindi newsrooms where I worked for a few years before launching my own magazine,” says Das. Even a hundred years after Ambedkar launched his paper, the poor coverage of Dalit issues in the mainstream media has not changed , and that is what is prompting so many young educated Dalits to start their own media ventures. And the internet has made it easy to do so, adds Das … [Read more...] about Celebrating Ambedkar, the journalist
By Bhanuj Kappal The digital revolution has radically transformed our relationship with music. Personal computers and music production softwares have made it easier than ever to make music. The internet, in turn, has made it trivially simple to get your music out to the world. This makes the 21st century music’s most radically democratic era. For the first time in human history, anyone can create music and make it available to listeners all across the world. But this democratisation of music has also led to some unexpected problems. The biggest one is music discovery. Spotify alone, discovering new artists and sounds is like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. I sometimes find myself overwhelmed just trying to keep track of new releases by artists I already know I like, and that is literally my job! Things used to be different. Back in the pre-internet days, discovering music outside the Bollywood and Top 40 mainstream was something of an occult art. Music had … [Read more...] about Looking for music online?
Huda Kattan is the middle daughter of Iraqi immigrants, born in Oklahoma, U.S., and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee. During Kattan’s childhood, she faced a lot of racism from a predominantly white and Christian town, which led her to turn to make-up for self-confidence from the age of 12. Struggling to find direction in life, Kattan majored in business and finance at the University of Michigan–Dearborn and took up a PR job in Dubai, U.A.E. after graduation. It did not take long for her to quit and pursue her passion as a make-up artist. She trained in L.A, but struggled to find clients in Dubai. … [Read more...] about Huda Beauty: The multi-million cosmetics brand built on the internet
Professional YouTubersThere are others such as former journalist Akash Banerjee who have used the social media effectively for political satire and comment. His YouTube channel has over one million subscribers, a mark that he crossed recently. Mr. Banerjee said YouTube channels such as his have an advantage over the mainstream media as they do not have to deal with the usual pressures of generating revenue and TRPs. “I don’t have to worry about serving the lowest common denominator,” Mr. Banerjee said. Many online platforms like his are publicly funded, which helps them to stay out of government control. … [Read more...] about Channelling the citizen