India is no country for data

The present government seems to have little need for data, especially the kind that has the potential to affect its image. The data black hole it has created could have serious consequences for governance.

Mahendra Singh was a farmer from Kuleri village in Haryana’s Hisar district. Last Saturday, while holding a protest with hundreds of farmers outside Maharaja Agrasen Medical College, in Agroha town, where deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala attended a function, Singh died of cardiac arrest. He was in his sixties. The farmers were protesting in solidarity with tens of thousands of others who have been sitting at Delhi’s borders since 26 November, campaigning against the three farm laws passed by Parliament in September last year.

A few hours later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Neeraj Chopra—son of a farmer from …


Pradip K. Saha

Pradip is a co-founder at The Morning Context and leads our newsletters vertical. He has previously worked at The Ken as a staff writer, at Mint as an assistant features editor and the Deccan Chronicle as a copy editor. He works with a slew of expert newsletter writers across subjects and domains. His own writing spans the gig economy, farmers caught in the crossfire of technology, global warming and parents trapped in the edtech wave. Some of his best stories have come at the intersection of technology and human endeavour.

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