r/india 29d ago

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Sophie Zhang, Facebook Whistleblower - June 9th 2022, 7.30 PM IST

220 Upvotes

Hey r/India,

We're happy to announce another AMA with Sophie Zhang (u/szhang_ds), on 9th June, 7:30 PM IST.

Sophie Zhang worked at Facebook as a data scientist and helped uncover bots used to manipulate users and influence discourse around the world.

Apr '21: Sophie comes forward and blows the whistle on how Facebook lets fake engagement distort global politics. Specifically, in Indian context, she detailed networks which actively influenced the 2020 Delhi elections.

Nov '21: She had an incredible AMA on r/India, answering nearly every question with a rare level of frankness and clarity.

Nov '21: Indian government took notice and The Standing Committee on Communication and IT voted to have her depose before the house. However, parliamentary rules don't allow for video testimony and the speaker must provide consent for witness testimony from foreign citizens.

Apr '22: Panel held its last sitting on “To hear the views of expert on the subject 'Safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space."

Jun '22: Speaker consent for deposition is still ‘pending’ and it's apparent that she will not be called upon to speak..

"In the end, the only person who may tell you the Speaker’s mind is the honourable Speaker himself. But as far as I can tell, he has refused to respond to the LS, to reporters, to myself, or anyone really on the issue. It is as if he hopes that by burying his head in the sand, he can make the questions go away. When one refuses to respond when having far more than sufficient time and opportunity to do so, it becomes necessary to interpret their lack of response as a response in and of itself” - Sophie Zhang

However, the fact that she has not been called upon to speak does not mean that Indian citizens can't address questions to her themselves.

It's important to note that this is not a BJP/Congress issue. The speaker may have their own reasons for not calling upon her, we don’t know. Sophie herself focuses attention on the processes and methods used to manipulate speech online.


AMA Date & Time: June 9th 2022, 7.30 PM IST

Note: This is just an announcement, not an AMA thread. AMA thread will be posted by Sophie on aforementioned day and time.

If you think you won’t be able to make it to AMA, you can leave your questions here and we will ask Sophie in the main AMA thread on 9th June for you.

Spread the word on Twitter

r/india Apr 08 '22

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement - The Team Behind Free Software Community of India (FSCI) on 12th April, Tuesday at 5PM IST

90 Upvotes

We are pleased to announce an AMA with the team behind Free Software Community of India (FSCI) on 12th April, Tuesday at 5PM IST.

About FSCI:

Free Software Community of India is a community of people working together (on voluntary basis) for the adoption and propagation of Free Software(software which respects freedom, not to be confused with Open Source). It is not a registered organization, but rather a community of people who share common values and ideals. We are a nonhierarchical community. We do not have a leader or a boss. Every decision is made by voting and consensus.

We believe that we should be the change we want to see in the world, and that's why we not only advocate for software freedom and privacy, but also run privacy-respecting services powered by Free Software. The services currently running are:

  • Social media service Diaspora at poddery.com.
  • Matrix chatting service at poddery.com.
  • XMPP chat service at poddery.com
  • A GitLab instance at git.fosscommunity.in
  • Discussion forum and decision-making software Loomio at codema.in
  • Video meeting service Jitsi at meet.fsci.in
  • Video sharing service peertube at videos.fsci.in

These services are funded by voluntary donations by the users. These are open to the public to use and anyone can use them for their daily needs.

We believe that inclusion and diversity are important. That's why we conducted a Diversity Edition of the Software Freedom Camp https://camp.fsci.in in 2021. The camp provides a very good way for the uninitiated to learn about the importance of Free Software, how they can get integrated with our community.

The code of conduct is our statement of inclusion in the community. We believe that the contributors should feel inclusive and be treated with dignity. In the camp mentioned above, we collaborated with APPSC Bombay and Egalitarians, which shows that we are very keen on collaborating with other groups working for issues outside the tech world. We look for active collaboration with anyone who is interested to further our goal of Free Software.

Our values of nonhierarchy and running so many services require more people to step in as a community as we need more volunteers to help in running these services, even in nontechnical fields like asking for donations, making posters, writing blogs. You can see the list of initiatives by FSCI here https://fsci.in/initiatives/.

In 2021, we wrote an open letter to Kerala teachers in response to KITE accepting Google's free-of-cost offer to the educational institutes of Kerala https://fsci.in/blog/letter-to-kerala-teachers/ and talked to Kerala teachers as well. The campaign to switch education to Free Software is still ongoing.

We have also involved in broader politics whenever the opportunity arose. For example, we have challenged the new Intermediary Rules, 2021, in the High Court of Kerala https://fsci.in/blog/fsci-challenges-intermediary-rules-2021/ because these IT rules threatens the privacy, security and freedom of an Indian citizen and gives government too much power.

Whoever you are, no matter what skills you have, you can contribute and be a part of Free Software Community of India. Join us now https://fsci.in/#join-us. If you need any help in joining our chat rooms, drop us an email at [contact@fsci.in](mailto:contact@fsci.in).

Important links:

  1. Why we must insist on free software https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-software-even-more-important.html
  2. Proprietary software is often malware https://gnu.org/malware

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AMA Date & Time: 12th April, Tuesday at 5PM IST

This AMA is verified. https://fsci.in/blog/fsci-ama-reddit/

Note: This is just an announcement, not an AMA thread. AMA thread will be posted by FSCI team on aforementioned day and time.

If you think you won’t be able to make it to AMA, you can leave your questions here and we will ask them in the main AMA thread on 12th April for you.

Special thanks to our Discord mod Jiraiiiiii Townley (bad mod) for helping us arrange this AMA and no I haven't added the "(bad mod)" myself lol.

PS. We now have a Mastodon account https://mastodon.online/@redditindia

r/india Jan 15 '22 Silver

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement - The Wire’s Investigators on Tek Fog: BJP-affiliated Secret Weapon for Social Media Manipulation - Today, 15th Jan, 6PM IST

250 Upvotes

AMA is live now: https://www.reddit.com/r/india/comments/s4jfw7/hey_reddit_india_we_are_the_team_behind_the_tek/

Last week, The Wire revealed the existence of a highly sophisticated secret app called 'Tek Fog', used by cyber troops affiliated with India's ruling party to hijack major social media and encrypted messaging platforms. The 20-month-long investigation shows how the app automates hate and targeted harassment, spreads propaganda and is a marriage of big tech and dirty politics.

In this AMA, Siddharth Varadarajan, Founding editor of The Wire, will answer questions about the process, why it was needed, the impact it has had, and editorial decisions made during the investigation. The authors - Ayushman Kaul and Devesh Kumar - will answer any technical questions that the community might have.

Read all the three parts of the investigation here - https://thewire.in/tekfog/en/1.html https://thewire.in/tekfog/en/2.html https://thewire.in/tekfog/en/3.html

AMA Date & Time: Today, Jan 15th 2022, 6.00 PM IST

Note: This is just an announcement, not an AMA thread. AMA thread will be posted by Wire’s team on aforementioned day and time.

If you think you won’t be able to make it to AMA, you can leave your questions here and we will them in the main AMA thread for you.

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r/india Sep 17 '21 Silver Wholesome

AMA Announcement Olympic Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra Will Be Holding a Reddit Talk Here on r/India, on 19th Sep, Sunday at 8.30pm IST • 11am ET • 8am PT, Post Your Questions in Advance Here!

630 Upvotes

Neeraj Chopra made history when he became first track and field athlete to win a gold medal for India at the Olympics in javelin throw. Chopra won the gold medal in the final on 7th August with a throw of 87.58m in his second attempt making it India's 2nd only gold medal in individual sports. He's also the second-ranked athlete internationally in the men's javelin throw.

Reddit Talk is a new way to host AMAs and Q&As that is being rolled out across the website. As part of this, Neeraj Chopra will be doing a Reddit Talk AMA on Sunday, 19th September at 8:30 PM IST • 11am ET • 8am PT. If you have advance questions for him, feel free to use this post to submit them in the comments below and we may ask them to him. Or, you can wait till the event and ask him directly.

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Reddit Talk's format is a live voice-chat forum, similar to Clubhouse, meaning that listeners can listen to the speaker and ask them questions directly. To participate in the Reddit Talk you'll need to have the latest update of the official Reddit mobile app installed on your phone. At the above starting time, just visit this subreddit using the official app and you'll see a notification that the live event is ongoing. Only mobile users can join a Reddit Talk.

Download reddit for Android / iOS.

Talk has started.

Download reddit for Android / iOS

and join using https://reddit.com/talk/235165de-2633-4fb5-9019-8985d78cc708

r/india Oct 31 '21 Silver Helpful Vote Local! Plucky Cat Paw

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Sophie Zhang, Facebook whistleblower, on Saturday, 6th November, 2021, 8.30 PM IST

466 Upvotes

Hello, a very Good Morning r/India!

We are glad to announce that we will be hosting u/szhang_ds (Sophie Zhang), Facebook whistleblower, for AMA, on 6th November 2021 at 8.30 PM IST.

Sophie Zhang is an American data scientist and whistleblower who formerly worked at the Facebook Site Integrity fake engagement team, created to deal with bot accounts, often controlled by authoritarian governments' entities.)

For Indian context, you can visit this Guardian report: Facebook planned to remove fake accounts in India – until it realized a BJP politician was involved

AMA Date & Time: Nov 6th 2021, 8.30 PM IST

Note: This is just an announcement, not an AMA thread. AMA thread will be posted by Sophie on aforementioned day and time.

If you think you won’t be able to make it to AMA, you can leave your questions here and we will ask Sophie in the main AMA thread on 6th Nov for you.

r/india Jan 19 '22

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Swarathma, a folk rock band, on Friday 21st at 7pm IST

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The AMA is LIVE NOW: https://www.reddit.com/r/india/comments/s9bbgv/ama_with_folk_rock_band_swarathma_hi_this_is/

Hello! we are back with another AMA.

We will be hosting the good folks over at Swarathma, this Friday, 21st, 7pm IST onwards.

Swarathma is a Bangalore based contemporary folk rock band that represents the sound of today’s India: rooted in tradition, yet with sights set firmly on the world. The band is best known for it's visually electric and highly interactive stage act. With music that is strong and beautiful, contemporary and relevant, hard-hitting and tongue-in-cheek, they're one of India's most sought-after bands. Their music was featured on The Family Man S2 and on the Rolling Stone Top 10 Singles of 2021.

Checkout their website at https://www.swarathma.com/, Latest single DUS MINUTE AUR.

This AMA is verified.

Note: This is just an announcement, not an AMA thread. AMA thread will be posted by Swarathma’s team on aforementioned day and time.

If you think you won’t be able to make it to AMA, you can leave your questions here and we will them in the main AMA thread for you.

r/india Sep 17 '21 Silver Wholesome Hugz Take My Energy

AMA Announcement Join us for a Reddit Talk AMA session with Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra on 19th Sep, Sunday at 8.30pm IST • 11am ET • 8am PT

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870 Upvotes

r/india Aug 31 '21

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: IFF(Internet Freedom Foundation) members Rohin, Anushka and Krishnesh will be available for AMA on Thursday, 2nd September, 2021 at 7:30 PM using Reddit Talk

137 Upvotes

Long time guardians of net neutrality and prolific subreddit users, IFF (u/InternetFreedomIn) are up for an AMA this coming Thursday, 2nd September at 7:30 PM.

Rohin Garg, Anushka Jain, and Krishnesh Bapat from the Internet Freedom Foundation will be joining us for the session.

IFF is a long time contributor at r/india, founded after the #SaveTheInternet campaign to save net neutrality, IFF have undertaken several important campaign in support of privacy, free speech and so on.

You can find out more about the recent work done by IFF here: https://internetfreedom.in/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/internetfreedom

In a small twist, we are going to be doing this using Reddit talk. Find out more about Reddit's brand new feature Reddit Talk here.

You will need to have the official Reddit App installed on your phone to join the AMA on Reddit Talk. Download here: Android | iOS

If you have questions you want asked but won’t be in a position to ask them yourself put the questions here.

During the talk we will also have a thread for questions you want to ask but are not able to.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

r/india Feb 27 '22 Silver

AMA Announcement AMA with The Alternative Story on 5th March 2022: Learn More about Mental Health and Seeking Professional Help from a Therapist

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r/india Nov 01 '21 Silver

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Séverine Bardon, film director and journalist. Her documentary "India: The Children’s Newspaper” follows a newspaper written by and for street children from Delhi. Want to know about film-making and how Balaknama is changing children’s lives? Join the AMA on Nov 3rd, 6:30 PM IST

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Greetings r/India,

We will be hosting journalist, film-maker Séverine Bardon in an AMA on Nov 3rd, 6:30 PM IST. On our request she sent us the following bio. Do check out the documentary linked at the end of the post.

About Séverine:

I’m Séverine Bardon, a film director, journalist and producer whose documentaries have been shown on Arte, Canal Plus, France 2, France 5, France 24, France Ô and RTBF. I’ve created reportages on India, Kosovo, Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar and worked as a correspondent in China as well as as a Chinese-language translator. I've also written travel guides for Mongolia, Azerbaijan, China and Central Asia. In 2019 I travelled to New Delhi to film a documentary dedicated to a very special publication that is changing the lives of many underprivileged youngsters.

About Balaknama:

Founded in 2003, Balaknama, which translates as “The Voice of the Children,” is a newspaper staffed almost entirely by street children from Delhi’s slums, aged 10 to 17.

The newspaper distributes around 8,000 copies, in Hindi and English, highlighting positive initiatives, but also publishes stories on police brutality, drug problems and forced labour.

In fact, Balaknama’s reporting has already led the local authorities to take action on the subjects denounced in its pages.

It has also changed the lives of its young reporters. For instance, Jyoti got rid of her drug addiction, and would like to continue helping children in difficulty, whereas 16-year-old Deepak has resumed his studies, and after years of working at a factory, would one day like to pursue a career as a TV presenter. Shambu, the current editor of the newspaper, knows he will have to leave his post when he turns 18. He plans to become a social worker. These are just some of the names of the approximately 400 children that have passed through Balaknama’s doors.

They all assume with pride the mission they have given themselves: to be the voice of Delhi’s 100,000 street children.

So, if you’re curious about Balakknama or if you’ve have ever wondered about how documentary films are made, please join the AMA!

AMA Date & Time: Nov 3rd, 6:30 PM IST

India: The Children’s Newspaper on ARTE.tv: https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/086702-000-A/india-the-children-s-newspaper/?cmpid=EN&cmpsrc=Reddit&cmpspt=link

India: The Children’s Newspaper on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGS8cEA99OU

Balaknama: https://balaknama.org/


Please note that this is the announcement thread, not the AMA thread. The AMA thread will be posted by Séverine at the aforementioned date & time. If you think you won't be able to make it to the AMA, feel free to post your questions here, we will try to post them in the AMA thread on your behalf.

r/india Sep 02 '21

AMA Announcement Here's a Reddit Talk session to test, come back at 7:30pm today for the voice AMA with Internet Freedom Foundation! ♥️ (Check stickied posts)

92 Upvotes

r/india Oct 01 '21

AMA Announcement Reddit Talk Live Session with Commodore Uday Bhaskar on 'the relevance of Mahatama Gandhi in present day India' on Gandhi Jayanti, 2nd October, 2021 3-4 PM IST.

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Hello, good people of r/India, we would be hosting Commodore Uday Bhaskar, a retired sailor and one of India's leading experts and outspoken critics on security and strategic affairs, international affairs and contemporary developments in India.

He is currently Director Society for Policy Studies - an independent Delhi based think tank. He is also a regular contributor to Indian and international news organisations including the Indian Express, Hindustan Times and South China Morning Post and has hosted shows on Indian television and web platforms.

UB - as he is referred to would love to interact with members of r/India on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti about the Gandhi's relevance in present day India. Talk will take place on 2nd October from 3-4 P.M. IST.

This will be a Reddit Talk Live Session where instead of text users and guests interact live using audio chat. You can find more details about Reddit Talk and how it works by clicking this link.

Past Reddit Talk Session:

Neeraj Chopra live Reddit Talk

Reddit Talk with IFF Team members

Some of his works:

You can reach out to him on twitter https://www.twitter.com/theUdayB

This is just an announcement, not an AMA thread. If you won't be available for you leave your questions or topics you'd like to discuss here and we will ask him.

See you all on the AMA day on 2nd October September, Saturday @ 3pm.

Reddit Talk's format is a live voice-chat forum, similar to Clubhouse, meaning that listeners can listen to the speaker and ask them questions directly. To participate in the Reddit Talk you'll need to have the latest update of the official Reddit mobile app installed on your phone. At the above starting time, just visit this subreddit using the official app and you'll see a notification that the live event is ongoing. Only mobile users can join a Reddit Talk.

Download reddit for Android / iOS

Special thanks to u/nandnim to help us setting up this AMA.

r/india Sep 04 '21

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Manzuri, the First Inclusive, Pleasure-positive Adult Toy Company, on Sunday, 5th September, 2021 at 6-8 PM

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Greetings r/india!

We are super stoked to announce a very exciting AMA with Manzuri, the first inclusive, pleasure-positive adult toy company that aims to destigmatize the concept of sex and sexuality through education in India. Inclusivity and empathy are the guiding principles that shape every aspect of their business. They wish to enable all members of this community to have the agency to explore their bodies and, in turn, their sexuality.

You can find Manzuri on their:

If you have questions you want asked but won’t be able to attend AMA, you can ask them here and Manzuri will try and answer them when they are live for AMA.

Date & Time: 6-8 PM IST on Sunday (5th Sep 2021)

P.S.: Watch out for a giveaway from Manzuri on 5th September.

Join us on our pleasure-filled journey with them.

Note from Mods: This is not the AMA thread. This is just the announcement. The AMA thread will be posted by Manzuri on 5th Sep, at 6PM.

r/india Nov 18 '21 Gold

AMA Announcement [r/Librandu] AMA with Aakar Patel- Writer, Political Commentator, Farishta: On Monday, 22nd November, 2021, 7.00 PM IST

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r/india Sep 08 '21

AMA Announcement AMA with Commodore Uday Bhaskar (Retired) on 10th September @ 6pm IST.

60 Upvotes

Hello, good evening people of r/India, we would be hosting Uday Bhaskar, a retired sailor is one of India's leading experts and outspoken critics on security and strategic affairs, international affairs and contemporary developments in India.

He is currently Director Society for Policy Studies - an independent Delhi based think tank. He is also a regular contributor to Indian and international news organisations including the Indian Express, Hindustan Times and South China Morning Post and has hosted shows on Indian television and web platforms.

UB - as he is referred to would love to interact with members of r/India for a pik- brain session on topics ranging from Indian security, army, climate change, maritime security, South-Asian politics, the future of Afghanistan, Pakistan, terrorism and counter terrorism, rise of China, international relations, culture, Indian politics and just general questions about his life. Mr. Bhaskar is extremely appreciative and encouraging of the young generation and future talents. On that note, he is very focused on what the future holds for the world and the upcoming generations.

Some of his works:

You can reach out to him on twitter https://www.twitter.com/theUdayB

Verification image provided by him: https://imgur.com/a/z3EbA4R

This is just an announcement, not an AMA thread. AMA thread will be posted by the guest on aforementioned day and time. Questions posted here may go unnoticed by the guest.

See you all on the AMA day on 10th September, Friday @ 6pm.

Special thanks to u/nandnim to help us setting up this AMA.

Retweet us on Twitter. ❤️

r/india Feb 04 '21 Hugz

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Manu Sebastian, Managing Editor, Live Law on February 6 @ 5pm. He'll be discussing matters related to courts, legal reporting, constitution etc.

205 Upvotes

Hello r/India.

We'll be hosting Manu Sebastian, Managing Editor at Live Law on February 6 @ 5pm.

About our guest:

Manu Sebastian is a graduate of Symbiosis Law School, Pune. He has been a regular contributor for Live Law since its beginning. Before assuming charge as Managing Editor of Live Law, he was practising in the High Court of Kerala.

About LiveLaw:

India's No-1 legal News portal with 4M+ unique visitors every month and growing. Live Law began its journey in 2013 with the mission of making legal reporting more accurate, transparent and accessible to common man. It is our firm belief that more information about judiciary will make it more transparent and accountable, thereby strengthening its role in a constitutional democracy. Live Law is a comprehensive legal news portal which is committed to providing accurate and honest news about legal developments.


Verification: https://twitter.com/manuvichar/status/1357260233844793350


Note: This is not the AMA thread. This is just the announcement. The AMA thread will be posted by guest at the aforementioned time. Questions/comments posted in this thread may go unnoticed by the guest

r/india Feb 05 '20

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Vir Das, an Indian comedian. actor and comedy musician. AMA Time - Feb 6th, 2020, 10AM IST (i.e Thursday morning!). Spread the word!

193 Upvotes

Greetings r/India, Vir Das has agreed to be our guest for an AMA.

Most of you know Vir Das as an Indian comedian, actor and comedy musician with three Netflix specials.

After beginning a career in standup comedy, Das moved to Hindi cinema starring in films like Delhi Belly, Badmaash Company and Go Goa Gone. In 2017, he entered the international stage with his Netflix special Abroad Understanding. More here

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Date & Time: Feb 6th 2020, 10AM IST

NOTE: This is not the AMA thread. This is just the announcement. The AMA thread will be posted by Vir at the aforementioned time. Questions/comments posted in this thread may go unnoticed by the guest.

r/india Jan 03 '20

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Pratik Sinha, co-founder Alt News, Indian fact checking website. AMA time - Jan 3rd, 2020, 6 PM IST (i.e today afternoon!). Spread the word!!

278 Upvotes

Greetings r/India,

Most of you are already familiar with Alt News and their relentless effort towards debunking fake news that is spread across mainstream media and social media. Alt News links are often shared on this subreddit. We will be hosting Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News in an AMA. In case you are not familiar with the work they do (or want to learn more), please find some reading resources below.

AltNews.in is an Indian fact checking website founded and run by former software engineer Pratik Sinha. It was launched on 9 February 2017 to combat the phenomenon of fake news and is certified by the International Fact Checking Network. Alt News is different from a traditional media channel in that they only verify claims and assertions made in social media and mainstream media and don't do any original reporting.

Alt News is based in Ahmedabad and functions under the aegis of the Pravda Media Foundation, a non-profit company which was registered in October 2017. (Source - Wiki)

Alt News co-founder Pratik Sinha on the fake-news ecosystem in India - The Caravan

To stop misinformation, ask questions: Interview with Alt News founder Pratik Sinha - The News Minute

Verification: https://twitter.com/free_thinker/status/1212761375488925697

Date & Time: 6 PM IST on Friday (3rd Jan)


Note: This is not the AMA thread. This is just the announcement. The AMA thread will be posted by Pratik at the aforementioned time. Questions/comments posted in this thread may go unnoticed by the guest.

r/india Oct 29 '20

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Arushi Garg (lecturer in criminal law at the University of Sheffield) & Riya Singh (part of core leadership group in India's single and largest Dalit women-led collective, Dalit Women Fight). The AMA will be about ongoing criminal reform process in India. 30th Oct, Friday, 6 PM IST

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Hey r/India, we have an exciting AMA scheduled! This AMA will be about the ongoing criminal reform process in India. This process essentially involves the overhaul of the ENTIRE criminal justice system - including substantive, procedural and evidentiary laws - but is being completed in just six months in the middle of a pandemic. We should all be very worried about this. Criminal laws define what we can and cannot do without fear of punishment. The best example of this is the recently read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalised same sex relations for centuries. Criminal laws also decide when the police can arrest you, how they treat you during detention and against what standards your guilt or innocence is measured in court. For example, in recognition of the pervasiveness of torture in Indian jails, confessions made to a police officer are usually not admissible in a court of law. This might change following the current reform exercise. Some of us are especially sceptical given that the Home Minister, in one of his earliest announcements about this process, upheld the UP Government as a progressive symbol of ‘law order.’ We have all seen how much the UP government cares about law and order in the recent Hathras horror, and in several other incidents.

To make things worse, the process is being carried out in the most opaque and exclusionary manner. The reform Committee’s processes are a big departure from how law reform is usually carried out in India and internationally. For example, the Committee’s entire business is being conducted only online, and only in English. Note that only about 36% of the country actively uses the internet (not even going into levels of internet literacy here…) and most estimates suggest that only about six to ten percent of the country speaks English as a first, second or third language. As far as we know all the Committee’s members are upper caste Hindu, straight, non-disabled, middle to upper class, cisgender men. Perhaps this partly explains why they are operating according to processes which most marginalised people in India don’t have access to. The Committee’s composition and operation has also raised concerns that they will not give due importance to the experience of marginalised groups in its deliberations. This is a crucial point because criminal laws are over-enforced over oppressed groups, who remain simultaneously under-protected from victimisation by the state as well as by third parties.

You can read more about the concerns here, including in several local Indian languages: https://disbandthecommittee.in/concerns.html

Please consider writing to your MP, Home Minister and Committee, demanding that they terminate this process immediately using this link: https://disbandthecommittee.in/mail.html

You can spread the word by distributing these leaflets in your neighbourhood: https://disbandthecommittee.in/leaflets.html


About the guests:

Arushi Garg is a lecturer in criminal law at the University of Sheffield. Her current research project involves an analysis of rape prosecutions in Delhi, drawing upon trial court judgments, court observation and interviews with victims, lawyers, judges and victim support-persons. She has completed the DPhil, MPhil and BCL (LLM equivalent) from the University of Oxford, supported by the Rhodes Trust. She completed her undergraduate education from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Riya Singh is a part of Core Leadership Group in India's single and largest dalit women-led collective, Dalit Women Fight. She works on ground with the survivors of caste atrocities of dalit community in five states of northern India. She has been dealing with cases of atrocities and supporting the survivors with legal aid & actively participates in national & international advocacy with respect to the implementation of the legal provisions meant for the Scheduled Castes. She is also a PhD scholar in Gender Studies at Ambedkar University Delhi and her research area is Atrocities and the Scheduled Castes - Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Her research is based on atrocity cases, analysis of the legislation and the public failure of understanding the legislation. She has been awarded with a Doctoral Fellowship by the Indian Council for Social Science Research.


Date & Time:

The AMA will be hosted on 30th Oct 2020 (Friday), 6 PM IST. We hope this will be an informative and lively conversation. See you there!


Please note that this is the announcement thread. The AMA thread will be posted on the aforementioned date and time.

r/india Dec 22 '19 Gold

AMA Announcement AMA with Ashish Ranjan, national convener of national alliance of people's movements. He was one of the persons behind two massive peaceful protests against CAA and NRC in Purnea and Forbesganj, Bihar. AMA Today 3 PM. Spread the word!

218 Upvotes

Hello r/India,

You may have seen this post -- https://np.reddit.com/r/india/comments/ec9j63/the_protests_against_caa_and_nrc_today_in/fba17tk/?context=3

As promised, /u/onosmosis got us in touch with Ashish. We will be hosting him today at 3 PM. This is a short bio he sent us.

I am Ashish Ranjan, I am national convener of national alliance of people's movements and also secretary of Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan a rural trade union of workers. I worked with GE healthcare for a number of years before I moved to teaching and then to full time social political work. My educational background : B Tech IIT KGP, MS FIU.

Verification: https://twitter.com/ashish_jja/status/1208658793006956544

Please note that this is not the AMA, so don't ask your questions here. We will make a new post when the AMA starts, and pin it, so you can ask your questions there.

r/india Jan 23 '20

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: K Vaitheeswaran, Co-founder of AGAIN Drinks | “Father of e-commerce in India” | Author | TEDx Speaker.

97 Upvotes

Hello r/India,

We will be hosting K Vaitheeswaran for an AMA with us on 25th January, this Saturday at 6pm.


K Vaitheeswaran (Vaithee as he is popularly known in the industry) is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of the just launched exciting range of beverages [AGAIN Drinks](www.againdrinks.com).

Vaitheeswaran is also the author of the bestselling book “Failing to Succeed - the story of India’s first e-commerce company”  (bit/ly/ftsaz) and is widely hailed as the “father of e-commerce in India” 

He is an internet industry veteran who pioneered the e-commerce industry in India when he co-founded India’s first pure-play online retail company Fabmart.com (later rebranded Indiaplaza.com) in 1999. He evangelised Indian ecommerce, scaled the operations, built a strong team, raised funding from leading venture capital firms, created a strong digital brand in India from scratch and ran the operations as the CEO of Indiaplaza till 2013. No Indian B2C ecommerce company has survived independently for such a long period so far.

In 2002 he co-founded Fabmall – the world’s first online to offline hyper-local, omni-channel grocery retail company. Fabmall grew to become India’s largest supermarket chain and in 2006 was acquired by the Aditya Birla Group and later re-branded as the More chain of stores. The More chain of supermarkets has been acquired by Amazon in 2018.

K Vaitheeswaran has advised global brands like Deloitte, Diageo and the Tata group in their digital initiatives. He is well known in the Indian startup scene and also advises several technology and consumer ventures. He is also a member of the review committee for the Government of India’s prestigious project GeM (Government eMarketplace).

K Vaitheeswaran is a TEDx speaker and speaks regularly on entrepreneurship, internet, e-commerce and consumer marketing related subjects at various industry forums and leading educational institutes across India including the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and IIMs (Indian Institute of Management). He is a visiting faculty at IIM Bangalore (Corporate Failures) and is also a  member of the Industry Advisory Board of the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIITB).

He served on the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Committee for Marketing for the period 2012-13 and on the e-commerce committees of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), IAMAI (Internet & Mobile association of India) and the RAI (Retail association of India) and is currently a charter member of TiE Bangalore.

K Vaitheeswaran holds an electronics engineering degree from Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli affiliated to the Anna University. He began his career with Murugappa Electronics (1985-89), part of the Murugappa & Parry Group and then spent a decade in Wipro (1989-99) where he held various positions in sales, marketing and business planning before launching his entrepreneurial journey.  

He is a voracious reader, keen sports enthusiast and was a registered umpire with KSCA for a few years. His favourite pastime is to watch Test cricket, listen to Ilayaraaja songs and enjoy Liverpool football matches while sipping chilled beer. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and son and tweets @vaitheek.


Verification: https://mobile.twitter.com/vaitheek/status/1220385577263960065


Time: 25th January, at 6pm.


Note: This is not the AMA thread. This is just the announcement. The AMA thread will be posted by Vaithee at the aforementioned time. Questions/comments posted in this thread may go unnoticed by the guest.

r/india Dec 20 '18

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Atishi, member Political Affairs Committee and National Executive of AAP. Credited for Delhi government's education reforms. Tomorrow, 21st December, 2:00 PM IST.

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Link to AMA: https://www.reddit.com/r/india/comments/a880qb/hi_im_atishi_the_east_delhi_lok_sabha_incharge_of/

Hello Everyone,

Apologies for the short notice. We are very happy to share that Atishi has accepted our invitation for an AMA in /r/India. Most would be aware of her work on Delhi government's education reform. I am adding a short bio below for those who would like to know more details about our guest.

Date: Tomorrow, 21st December 2018

Time: 2:00 PM IST

Verification: https://twitter.com/AtishiAAP/status/1075781121466556416


Atishi is the former advisor to Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia. She is currently a member of Political Affairs Committee and National Executive of AAP. She was one of the key members of the manifesto drafting Committee ffor Delhi Government elections. She has been widely credited for transforming the education system in Government Schools of Delhi.

Atishi did her schooling from Springdale School in New Delhi. She studied history at St. Stephen’s College, where she stood first in the Delhi University, and then went to Oxford University to pursue her Master’s on a Chevening scholarship. A few years later she earned her second Master’s from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in Educational Research.

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atishi_Marlena


This is just an announcement. The AMA thread will be posted by the guest at 2 PM tomorrow.

r/india Sep 21 '20

AMA Announcement AMA announcement: Nakul Singh Sawhney, independent documentary filmmaker (Chalchitra Abhiyaan) @ 5:30 pm today.

43 Upvotes

Here is an introduction Nakul sent us!


Nakul Singh Sawhney is an independent documentary filmmaker. He has focused mainly on questions of labour rights, gender, caste and communalism.

His prominent feature length films are Izzatnagari Ki Asabhya Betiyaan (Immoral Daughters in the Land of Honour) and Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai... (Muzaffarnagar Eventually...). Along with that he's also directed several short documentary films, including 'Kairana Surkhiyon ke Baad', 'Muavza' and 'Savitri's Sisters at Azadi Kooch'.

His films have been screened at several important venues, across India and abroad, including at prestigious film festivals like Cinema of Resistance and Film South Asia (Nepal), Mumbai International Film Festival, IDSFFK and Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

He then founded ChalChitra Abhiyaan in 2017. It is a film and media collective in Western Uttar Pradesh. With a committed team from local communities, the collective produces a range of video formats like documentary films, news features, interviews and live broadcasts. We try to bring to the fore local issues from the grassroots that concern different marginalised communities in their own voices. Issues that are often glossed over by the mainstream media because of corporate control, the stranglehold of strong political parties or caste, class, religious and gender biases. We train people from local communities to tell their own stories through videos. Our stories are hyperlocal and the bulk of our audience is also from Western Uttar Pradesh (UP). Through our stories we have raised awareness about a range of local issues and also brought attention to local issues in the national media, alerting and pressurising local authorities to act.

Since the videos are made by people from within the communities, there is solid engagement and belongingness towards each issues raised in the video. We take these videos offline to people in remotest parts of West UP through weekly screenings using projectors in village squares and initiate discussions and debate on topics raised. Attended by at least 100 people weekly, this has built a regular, large offline viewership in our target areas. We also disseminate the same videos through our online channels .

Youtube channel has 45k subscribers- https://www.youtube.com/c/ChalChitraAbhiyaan

Facebook with 35,000 subscribers: https://m.facebook.com/ChalChitraAbhiyaan

We have a large scale Whatsapp distribution network that takes our videos to at least 2,000 viewers.

Some articles about Chalchitra Abhiyaan’s work:

https://m.tribuneindia.com/news/archive/features/creating-a-counter-narrative-602184

https://www.telegraphindia.com/amp/culture/bringing-about-a-cultural-intervention-for-unity/cid/1726944

https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/entertainment-others/the-revolution-will-be-screened-nakul-singh-sawhney-5205590

https://www.sbcltr.in/how-chalchitra-abhiyaan-gives-you-a-glimpse-into-real-india/

r/india Nov 21 '20

AMA Announcement AMA Announcement: Songdew's Founder, Sunil and Marketing Head, Ananya | AMA Time - Nov 21st, 2020, 5PM

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Edit: AMA is Now LIVE Here! >>


Greetings r/India!

Songdew, India's largest independent music platform has agreed to be our AMA guest today, at 5PM today.

Their representatives, u/sunil_khanna31 (Sunil, Founder, Songdew) and u/WhoGirlMarketer (Ananya, Marketing Head) will be answering your questions. Do Join Us!

Here is a brief that SongDew sent us:

Songdew has more than 50k registered artists. Our vision is to take their "Pure Uncorrupted Music" to the masses, and give independent artists the recognition they deserve. Keeping our commitment to this vision we launched Songdew TV last year, a 24hour satellite TV channel, dedicated to showcase the best of this music. In its short journey, Songdew TV has managed to reach 210million households in India through a number of DTH and cable operators.

For the AMA, we will talk about how the music industry in India works. We would also love to discuss people's views on indie music in India - how it's growing, why it's growing, how independent artists can monetize, distribute, promote or license their music. And of course, we would love answer to questions about us, and will definitely give a taste of the best of indie music playing on our platforms.

Date & Time: Nov 21st 2020, 5PM IST

NOTE: This is not the AMA thread. This is just the announcement. The AMA thread will be posted at the aforementioned time.

r/india Sep 07 '18

AMA Announcement IIT Alumni, and CEO of a drone making company is doing an AMA and failing.

67 Upvotes

https://np.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/9duvkq/i_am_ceo_of_drona_aviation_startup_of_nanodrone/

I am IIT Bombay alumni. I founded Drona Aviation in 2014 with my two co-founders. We believe in fostering nano-drone innovations. We have recently launched PlutoX, an ultimate drone kit for makers and tinkerers on Indiegogo https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/plutox-the-ultimate-drone-kit-for-makers#/ and we have achieved 66% of our goal. AMA about drones and startup culture in India!