Fiji Village: Database launched to view boarding passes of Girmitiyas

Fiji Village: Database launched to view boarding passes of Girmitiyas. “Descendants of Girmitiyas can now go online to look at the boarding passes of their ancestors who came to Fiji… Developer, Akhilesh Shiuram says they wanted to create a database that has records of passes of more than 60,000 Girmityas that came to Fiji in the 37 years of the indentured labour system.” Girmityas were indentured laborers who came to Fiji (and other places) from British India. You can learn more about them at https://harvardlawreview.org/2021/03/the-agreement-and-the-girmitiya/ . (There’s a Web site devoted to Girmityas and their history but it is inaccessible at this writing.)

India Today: Canada passes Act on revenue sharing between Google, Facebook and news outlets as India’s wait continues

India Today: Canada passes Act on revenue sharing between Google, Facebook and news outlets as India’s wait continues. “Canada passing a law on a fair revenue-sharing system has rekindled the hope for India’s news outlets that a similar law would be introduced in the country. But that may have to wait a bit longer. IndiaToday takes a deep dive into the matter and tries to explain how such a system has impacted countries around the world, including India.”

Reuters: India Stands by Social-Media Demands as Musk Moves on Twitter

Reuters: India Stands by Social-Media Demands as Musk Moves on Twitter. “Indian government officials said last year social media platforms may no longer be eligible to seek liability exemptions as an intermediaries or the hosts of user content if they failed to comply with local information and technology laws. Laws announced that took effect last year make social media firms more accountable to requests for swift removal of posts and require them to give details of the originators of messages. The companies must also have mechanisms for addressing grievances.”

BusinessToday: Twitter’s India rival Koo undergoes a makeover aimed to grow user engagement

BusinessToday: Twitter’s India rival Koo undergoes a makeover aimed to grow user engagement. “As microblogging site Twitter takes centrestage with its $44 billion acquisition by tech billionaire Elon Musk, Indian homegrown rival Koo is planning a design revamp for an immersive browsing experience. Koo said that the new design features will be accessible to users across iOS and Android operating systems. The move, as per the social media company, is aimed to enhance user engagement on the platform.”

Memory hole: Kashmir news archives vanish (AFP)

AFP: Memory hole: Kashmir news archives vanish . “In recent months hundreds of reports chronicling decades of violence in the disputed Muslim-majority territory have disappeared from local media archives or been rendered unsearchable through a variety of methods. Critics say it is an Orwellian effort to expunge history and control the narrative going forward, with most pointing the finger at the Indian government. In many cases, newspaper reports are the only publicly-accessible primary-source records of events in Kashmir.”

Bloomberg Quint: These Art Sleuths Are Taking on Traffickers in a $10 Billion Black Market

Bloomberg Quint: These Art Sleuths Are Taking on Traffickers in a $10 Billion Black Market. “From a tiny office in southern India, S. Vijay Kumar scans case files on his laptop with the precision of a forensic scientist. To an untrained eye, the width of a bronze Shiva’s nose or the definition of its knuckles are invisible details. To Kumar, these are clues on a statue that unlock some of history’s biggest art heists.”

Spotted in Mentions all Over the Web: Festivals from India

Spotted via lots of mentions that I could not resolve into an article link: Festivals from India. From the About page: “Festivals From India is an India-UK initiative made possible by the British Council. The digital platform is designed to showcase hundreds of arts and culture festivals across artforms, locations and languages. Whether you love attending festivals, are a festival manager, supplier, sponsor, advertiser, volunteer or just a curious cultural carnivore, Festivals from India is here to help.”

Tubefilter: The video app Josh is making deep inroads in India. Its parent company just raised $805 million.

Tubefilter: The video app Josh is making deep inroads in India. Its parent company just raised $805 million.. “The Indian government’s decision to ban TikTok has turned the country’s short-form video landscape into a gold rush. American tech companies like Instagram and YouTube have made inroads in the world’s second-most populous nation, but the biggest winners of the post-TikTok era have been local platforms.”

Social media app Koo makes algorithms public; pledges commitment to transparency, neutrality (PTI)

PTI: Social media app Koo makes algorithms public; pledges commitment to transparency, neutrality. “Twitter-rival Koo on Wednesday said it has become the first significant social media platform to publish the philosophy and workings behind its core algorithms, thereby empowering users to understand why they are seeing the content that they do. These algorithms were made public on Koo’s website, according to a statement.”

The Hindu: Rare digital archive of Kerala-related material in doldrums

The Hindu: Rare digital archive of Kerala-related material in doldrums. “Not many would know that Kerala in the 1940s had a literary magazine named after Rabindranath Tagore. Nor would they know about the content of the school textbooks then. Grandhapura, one of the biggest free digital archives in Malayalam, which holds a rare collection of more than 2000 Kerala-related documents, including periodicals and school textbooks from the 1800s, has been making this possible over the past decade, with its ever-expanding archive of rare materials. But, now Grandhapura is facing an uncertain future as archiving scholar Shiju Alex, who founded it and has been maintaining it for 12 years, has decided to discontinue the efforts due to paucity of resources and time, and the failure to scale up.”

New York Times: India’s Art History United in a Single Source

This is from last month but the resource is launching this week. New York Times: India’s Art History United in a Single Source. “The history of art in India, going back 10,000 years to the Bhimbetka cave drawings, has long been told through a Western lens or written by Indian scholars in a dense, academic style that felt inaccessible to many. But that will soon change, when the MAP Academy Encyclopedia of Indian Art arrives online on April 21. With over 2,000 initial entries, peer-reviewed by some of the world’s leading art historians and experts on South Asia, it is a project whose scope has not been tried before.”

Outlook Traveller: The Lost Heer Project is an Instagram collective that aims to understand Punjab’s colonial history through the eyes of its women

Outlook Traveller: The Lost Heer Project is an Instagram collective that aims to understand Punjab’s colonial history through the eyes of its women . “In 2014, Harleen Singh, a Delhi-born Toronto-based engineer, spent four months in India interviewing witnesses of the 1947 partition. Over the next three years of collection of these testimonies, Singh, who belongs to a family of Partition refugees, realised the lack of female perspective in our mainstream narratives. This was the starting point for The Lost Heer Project (TLHP), an Instagram collective that aims to understand Punjab’s history through the eyes of women.”

Reuters: India blocks 22 YouTube news channels citing national security

Reuters: India blocks 22 YouTube news channels citing national security. “India’s government on Tuesday said it has banned 22 YouTube channels, including four of Pakistani origin, for disinformation on subjects concerning national security and public order, the latest such federal crackdown in the country. The country’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said the blocked YouTube channels had a combined total of 2.6 billion viewers.”

Bloomberg: Google Found to Unfairly Block Rival Payments on India Store

Bloomberg: Google Found to Unfairly Block Rival Payments on India Store. “The Competition Commission of India found Google discriminated against developers in its Play store billing policy, according to documents seen by Bloomberg News. The findings come after a months-long investigation triggered by protests from developers, who’ve complained the U.S. internet giant charges an unfairly high fee in return for using Android app stores and its proprietary payments service.”