In the past few years India has witnessed the mushrooming of many Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in every nook and corner of our cities. These alien lands within state boundaries have been trumpeted for being mascots of ‘development’, more so for the IT sector than any other sectors. States in India are competing with each other to say, “My SEZs are bigger than yours”.
But beneath the glitter and gloss, there is a darker side to the story of SEZs.
Monopolies like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, with their spineless policies just make it easy for the governments to spy on their own people. We, the users by blindly entrusting all our private conversations and intimate details, are standing naked in the digital world.
By Aruna Sankaranarayanan
उन्हें कौन रोके, कौन रास्ते में आये
वे लोगों की लाशों पे मज़ार बनाते हैं
जीने का हक भी अब दुकानों में मिलेगा
वे बड़े खूबसूरत बाज़ार बनाते हैं
बस्तियाँ उजाड़ने का गम उनको भी खूब शायद
तभी तो उस जगह पे वह ईशगाह बनाते हैं