Siddhartha Malempati

Hacktivist

The digital age brought with it new avenues for democracy and also new ways for rapid rise of monopoly. Within a decade we saw rapid standardization of ideas globally, emergence of new industries and new bosses in economy and also democratic springs against decades old dictatorships. Digital age is no different when it comes to wealth monopolization – earlier the 1% used to get richer every quarter, today every day. This ever increasing power of wealth is not comfortable with new space for democracy that digital age has provided. While the 1% tries to meddle and squeeze this space for its…

While doing some aimless surfing on internet, I stopped at a weblink which read "101 ideas to make your slave feel owned". As in, it shows the ways about how to make slaves feel good and part of the master's life. I read through it. Following are few ideas in the list that I would like to bring to your notice - Have them wear bells. The constant soft jingling of the bells is soothing and a certain reminder of their submission. A beautiful, special collar will make any slave joyous. Take the time to select the right one and…

I have to confess that the movie ‘Interstellar’ renewed my interest in astrophysics and understanding fourth dimension. It was in 2008 that I used to have discussions about fourth dimension after reading Hawking’s ‘Brief History of Time’ and ‘Theory of everything’. These two books showed a way to search answers for the countless questions we ask ourselves – who are we? where are we? etc. Then, I felt it was very complex to understand it. My recent rag picking of information on space-time from Youtube videos, articles made me understand how complex it is to understand the fourth dimension. And…

The late 90s in Hyderabad was filled with ‘development’ euphoria. Unpaved roads were getting covered by thar, single lane roads were turning into multi-lane. Road side streetlights were shifted onto the divider of a by-lane road. Elders always spoke about Hyderabad becoming a land of opportunities. Tall buildings under construction were confirming such hopes. Global investments and global attention on the city was reported daily in the newspapers. We were to believe that billions of rupees were waiting at the borders of the city to leverage on the ‘development’ activities. In other words, there was a sense of urgency for…

It was just anyother day in the school. The kids were playing around before the class teacher enters. They were running from one corner to another sharing their experiences and enthusiasm. Amidst the enthusiastic and energitic joy of the students, teacher enters the class room. All the enthusiasm, energy and joy gets silenced in no time. All the minds that were filled with confidence a minute ago, suddenly numbs in submission to fear. Their bodies that were running around in freedom comes to stand still in obedience to authority. They just wait for the order to be given. The teacher…