The Pegasus Affair

The Indian portal thewire.in has published several articles recently relating to the Pegasus affair.

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There are two aspects to the issue, the legal, and the realistic.
Though the Indian Government has not admitted that it purchased the Israeli cyberware, circumstantial evidence points to the direction that it has. Pegasus sells the cyberware only to governments or their agencies, not private persons or private organizations.

Spyware Pegasus looms large over civil liberties and demands global deployment standards

NSO Group, the Israeli company which created and licenses the mobile phone spyware Pegasus, is not only doubling down on rejecting the core assertions in media reports about egregious surveillance by at least eleven governments around the world – among them reportedly India though the government has strongly denied this –  but even saying it will no longer entertain media inquiries about the controversy. 

Critical Race Theory erases Indian American experience

Academic life in social sciences is supposed to be a lonely pursuit of interpretations. Not often does an academic theory emerge that energizes, also repulses, so many of the people outside of the Ivory Towers. And rarely, if ever, one emerged that managed to do exactly that in such a short span as Critical Race Theory has done. School districts, universities and Fortune 500 corporations are rolling out orientation programs that are “informed by” the theory while many schools retooled their curricula to incorporate the theory in classrooms as young as kindergarteners. On the flip side, some states are passing laws that prohibit the teaching of the same.

Democracy

I am not a supporter of democracy, and I want to give my reasons. In his book ‘The Republic’, Plato, the disciple of the great Greek philosopher Socrates, mentions a dialogue between Socrates and a man called Adeimantus about democracy. Socrates compares the country with a ship sailing in a perilous sea, with gales and tides threatening to capsize it.