Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Defend Internet Freedom in India!

Save the Internet. Vote for Net Neutrality >

Due to intense lobbying by telecom operators, TRAI is planning to allow them an extreme violation of net neutrality, putting at stake our freedom to choose & privacy.

What's the importance of Net Neutrality? <>

The internet's success in fostering innovation, access to knowledge and freedom of speech is in large part due to the principle of net neutrality — the idea that internet service providers give their customers equal access to all lawful websites and services on the internet, without giving priority to any website over another.

Due to intense lobbying by telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to allow them to block apps and websites to extort more money from consumers and businesses — an extreme violation of net neutrality.

TRAI has released a consultation paper with 20 questions spread across 118 complicated pages and wants you to send them an e-mail by 24th of April, 2015.

Join us in fighting for net neutrality. Let’s remind TRAI that their job is to protect the rights of consumers, not the profit margins of telcos. Let’s demand access to the free, open internet.

Should the Internet be touched? That’s one way to summarise the twenty questions the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked the public in a recent consultation paper. Most questions pertain to whether the hitherto unregulated over-the-top services, typically apps such as Skype and Facebook that ride on telecom networks, need regulation. Views have also been sought regarding net neutrality, the principle of data equality that has over the years ensured the Internet remained a level playing ground. TRAI will eventually take a call on whether India has to change its approach to Internet regulation. 

But isn’t the Internet perfect the way it is? Apparently not. At least that is what telecom companies believe. After spending billions of dollars in setting up infrastructure and bringing themselves under regulatory scrutiny, telecom companies can’t bear the fact that numerous applications ride on their networks for free. Some of the apps have millions of subscribers and command valuations of billions of dollars. Some like Skype and WhatsApp compete head on with the voice and messaging offerings of the telcos, who to be fair also need money to invest in building networks. Still, what’s not to be forgotten is that the telcos do benefit from the apps that piggyback on them. More app usage means more data consumed and more money inflow. Whether telcos are really aggrieved or not is debatable.

Even if they are, violating the core principle governing the Internet will be a disastrous way of delivering justice. For, the licence to violate net neutrality will mean telcos could now be in a position to ensure some sites are served faster than others. It could also mean it becomes costlier to use certain applications. Most importantly, it could endanger the very feature of the Internet that has over the years made it possible for countless start-ups, right from the Googles to the Flipkarts, to dream and act big.

 It’s well acknowledged that the Internet has disrupted the world of business like no other technology has in recent decades. It has helped start-ups with hardly any capital and clout to still make a mark. So by rejecting net neutrality, which will enable telcos to play the gatekeeper to a valuable resource, we will be shutting the door on the entrepreneurial aspirations of millions. That’s because the only way for them to compete with the big moneyed Internet players would be to match their spends to make the Internet work for them. The absence of net neutrality will definitely benefit the telcos while at the same time harming the market by unleashing monopolistic tendencies. 

Telcos don’t want to be dumb pipes that agnostically transfer data. The cost of their ambition will be the loss of the Internet’s openness.

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Saturday, 4 April 2015


India will be home to the largest Muslim population in the world by 2050 and Hinduism will become the world's third largest religion, according to a 'Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050' study done by the Pew Research Center.

Though the Hindu majority in India will be retained, the country will surpass Indonesia which currently has the largest Muslim population. The study projected Muslims to grow faster than the world’s overall population growth.
“By 2050, the study projects India to be the country with the largest number of Muslims – more than 310 million – even though Hindus will continue to make up a solid majority of India’s population (77%), while Muslims remain a minority (18%),” according to the study as quoted by Hindustan Times.
In an attempt to explain the reason behind the Muslim population rise in the world, the center pointed out higher fertility rates among the followers of Islam.
The fertility rate of Muslim community is 3.1 children per woman while the Hindu community's fertility rate is 2.4 children per woman. It has also found that the number of Muslims would double in Europe by 2050 and will outnumber the Christians by 2070.

As per the study, Hindus and Christians are expected to rise in numbers as well. By 2050, the number of total Hindu population in the world will be 14.9%, Christians will be 31.4% and Muslims will make up by 29.7%.
Interestingly, the population of atheists i.e. those who do not believe in the existence of a God, and irreligious i.e. people averse to religion, is projected to go up in U.S. and France, but on the whole will be on a decline. Currently, 2% to 8% of the world's population is comprised of atheists while irreligious people constitute around 10% to 20%.
"Atheists, agnostics and other people who do not affiliate with any religion – though increasing in countries such as the United States and France – will make up a declining share of the world’s total population," the study says.

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