Some tales want a deeper knowing and diagnosis to assess the enormity of their impact on folks’s lives. Right here’s why the Ramnath Goenka Awards like a non-fiction book category that recognises printed work that covers a project on a scale that newspapers or television channels can no longer strive. The award is for books printed in English.
Arun Mohan Sukumar won the award in this category for Hour of darkness’s Machines: A Political History of Technology in India, which turn out to be as soon as printed in 2019. In his book, Sukumar examines how politics in India has led the country to reject or embrace sure applied sciences. He takes a ample stare, from 1947 to essentially the most contemporary, to stare at how politics, and the political class, in India shape the contrivance in which residents take into yarn expertise.
Sukumar is a PhD candidate on the Fletcher College, Tufts University, and a junior fellow on the college’s Centre for World Law and Governance. He heads the Technology Initiative on the Observer Research Foundation, Fresh Delhi.
“We on an on a normal foundation foundation read debates surrounding expertise with respect to Aadhaar, records breaches and employ of recordsdata for surveillance. I needed to stare into how politics in India has influenced expertise; because politics has appealing worthy affected all aspects of our day-to-day lives. That’s the foundation in the abet of Hour of darkness’s Machines,” Sukumar says.
The absence of diverse books of a identical scale that be privy to the impact that politics has on expertise turn out to be as soon as undoubtedly one of many preferrred challenges for Sukumar whereas writing his book. “There are some unparalleled books that like analysed the history of craftsmanship, including in the early years of Independence. There are few, no longer lower than in my records, that stare on the impact of politics on expertise,” he provides.
Sukumar’s book appears to be like to be like at expertise in its diversified manifestations — dwelling, nuclear, agricultural and ‘civilian’ applied sciences that are mature by Indians of their day-to-day existence. “It turn out to be as soon as a space to title and take away folks, moments, timelines and applied sciences that were an critical to the making of contemporary India,” he mentioned.
He had to rely on government records and records experiences, which, he mentioned, are extraordinarily critical to title a approved yarn. “I did subsequent be taught to title what were the debates that shaped them or what were their contributions to shaping Indians’ perception of craftsmanship,” he mentioned.