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Ramnath Goenka Awards: Book on influence of politics in tech wins in non-fiction category


Arun Mohan Sukumar Some stories need a deeper understanding and analysis to assess the enormity of their impact on people’s lives. This is why the Ramnath Goenka Awards have a non-fiction book category that recognises published work that covers an issue on a scale that newspapers or television channels cannot attempt. The award is for books published in English.

Arun Mohan Sukumar won the award in this category for Midnight’s Machines: A Political History of Technology in India, which was published in 2019. In his book, Sukumar examines how politics in India has led the country to reject or embrace certain technologies. He takes a broad view, from 1947 to the present, to look at how politics, and the political class, in India shape the way citizens think about technology. Sukumar is a PhD candidate at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a junior fellow at the school’s Centre for International Law and Governance. He heads the Technology Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

“We often read debates surrounding technology with respect to Aadhaar , data breaches and use of data for surveillance. I wanted to look into how politics in India has influenced technology; because politics has pretty […]

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