Ajay Patri

Ajay Patri

Writer and lawyer.

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Short story, approximately 400 words.

MoonPark Review / March 2019 / Fiction

A Duty to Question Fake News

A look at an essay on the ethics of beliefs written by the mathematician and philosopher William K. Clifford in 1879 that is prescient about the perils of fake news.

Pragati Express / January 2019 / Blogposts

Understanding Witch Hunts

Arthur Miller's classic play The Crucible has some fascinating psychological insights to offer on the systematic targeting and ostracisation of individuals in the modern world.

Pragati Express / January 2019 / Blogposts

What Hate Speech Is Not

Breaking down the elements that should go towards constituting hate speech in the context of a controversy involving Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter.

Pragati Express / November 2018 / Blogposts

Consent by Default

A look at the work management app Trello's data collection policy, which uses some unusual language that highlights the haziness of the current data protection landscape.

Pragati Express / November 2018 / Blogposts

Reevaluating Citizenship

The way we understand citizenship needs a rethink in a world where boundaries are getting increasingly fraught and blind nationalism is sowing divisions between people.

Pragati Express / October 2018 / Blogposts

Deontology and Dogma

Deontology prizes the right over the good, which might leave its adherents vulnerable to becoming dogmatic about their positions.

Pragati Express / October 2018 / Blogposts

Frederick Douglass and Some Lessons for the Present

Frederick Douglass' seminal speech resonates even today, calling out as it does the hypocrisy with which individuals often approach liberty and the need to be steadfast in one's beliefs.

Pragati Express / October 2018 / Blogposts

The Conundrum of Informed Consent

A look at a brilliant enunciation of informed consent as discussed in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Pragati Express / August 2018 / Blogposts

New Perspectives for Independence Day

Happenstance led to me reading a fair bit about Kenya in the past month or so. In this post, I write about what perspectives we can gain from the experiences of other countries.

Pragati Express / August 2018 / Blogposts

Public Transport and Nudges

I noticed something insidious about the messaging in the Bangalore metro that asks people to give up their seats for someone who needs it more. I write about it here.

Pragati Express / August 2018 / Blogposts

Hard and Soft Data Localisation

I write about the two types of data localisation in the Personal Data Protection Bill 2018.

Pragati Express / August 2018 / Blogposts

Quotable Quotes from Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed has some lessons for addressing mob violence.

Pragati Express / July 2018 / Blogposts

Lessons from Julius Caesar – Part-II

In this second post on Julius Caesar, I look at how Cinna's death is both a case of the irrationality of crowds and hate speech on Mark Antony's part.

Pragati Express / June 2018 / Blogposts

A Case for Unpredictability

In this, I wonder if unpredictability may not be a bad thing in some parts of our lives, like football.

Pragati Express / June 2018 / Blogposts

Hope for the Future

Some lessons on fighting the good fight, even if no tangible results accrue in the immediate future.

Pragati Express / June 2018 / Blogposts

The Omnipotence of Advertising

HBO`s Westworld presents a chilling nexus between advertising and technology.

Pragati Express / June 2018 / Blogposts

The Politics of Last Resort

I look at an amusing version of resort politics that played out in the US a few years ago.

Pragati Express / June 2018 / Blogposts

Ideas for a Public Broadcaster in India

India should create a public broadcaster that focuses on digital content and is funded largely through a system of license fees.

Medium - Indian National Interest / May 2018 / Blogposts

Wanted – A Solicitor General for India

India has not had a Solicitor General for the past several months. I pen some thoughts on the need for filling this important position.

Pragati Express / May 2018 / Blogposts

A Four-Fold Classification of Data

Conversations around data protection can be made more productive by a simpler classification of what data entails.

Pragati Express / May 2018 / Blogposts

The Rising Spectre of Populism

This short post asks whether it will soon become a trend for politicians to dissociate themselves from the label of populism in order to claim legitimacy.

Pragati Express / May 2018 / Blogposts

A Quid Pro Quo Life

On the element of reciprocity in today's digital life.

Pragati Express / May 2018 / Blogposts

Serendipity in the Metro

Handling sudden run-ins with old friends during the daily commute.

The Hindu / May 2018 / Articles And Essays

A Conflict of Rights

The right to free speech and the right to privacy can often be at loggerheads with each other. It’s important to have a conversation over how to resolve the conflicts between the two.

Medium - Indian National Interest / April 2018 / Blogposts

The Need for Certainty in the Labour Market

Labour reforms are an emotive issue but certainty in the labour market is good for both employees and employers. Getting rid of the prior permission requirement under law to retrench workers will help instill more certainty in the market.

Medium - Indian National Interest / April 2018 / Blogposts

Of Rights and Responsibilities

Individuals must not take their fundamental rights for granted and should exercise them with a sense of responsibility towards the society they live in.

Medium - Indian National Interest / April 2018 / Blogposts

A Failure of Privacy by Default

Privacy is by default a worthy goal but its efficacy is questionable in light of modern business models of entities handling data.

Medium - Indian National Interest / March 2018 / Blogposts

How To Open Up Our Courts

We should publish transcripts of judicial proceedings. This will make the working of the courts and the positions of the State transparent to all citizens.

Pragati / January 2018 / Articles And Essays

Data Protection and Localised Dispute Resolution

Data controllers must make it easy for their users to approach them with their concerns about privacy and data protection. At the minimum, this should include a forum situated within the country in which the user lives.

Medium - Indian National Interest / November 2017 / Blogposts

A Need for Scientific Temper

We could use a lot more scientific temper in our daily lives. In particular, its impact on policy-making, both direct and indirect, mark it as a force for good, making it prudent to encourage its proliferation in society.

Medium - Indian National Interest / November 2017 / Blogposts

Autonomy and Children

A society that understands and respects autonomy is definitely a good thing. To achieve this, it is important to think of avenues where children can be given the agency to decide on issues pertaining to them.

Medium - Indian National Interest / November 2017 / Blogposts

In Search of Self-Contained Privacy Policies

A conversation around making privacy policies simpler and easier to understand will be incomplete if it doesn’t address the fact that the policies are not self-contained.

Medium - Indian National Interest / October 2017 / Blogposts

Data Protection is Good for Everyone

When it comes to data, the interests of individuals and those who control their data are aligned.

Pragati / August 2017 / Articles And Essays

Canned Life

Short story, approximately 4800 words.

The Bombay Literary Magazine / July 2017 / Fiction


Short story, approximately 900 words.

Literary Orphans / July 2017 / Fiction

Diversity as a Social Norm

An attempt to deliberate on the idea of diversity and the extent to which it is connected to our social norms.

Medium - Indian National Interest / July 2017 / Blogposts

Dishonesty and Demonetisation

Could insights from behavioural economics be used to suggest that the demonetisation from November 2016 increase instances of dishonesty in the Indian society?

Medium - Indian National Interest / May 2017 / Blogposts

The Prasar Bharati Conundrum

The Prasar Bharati is an old institution that is not without its uses, but it is in dire need of reforms.

Medium - Indian National Interest / May 2017 / Blogposts

White Lion Cub

Short story, approximately 2000 words.

A Lonely Riot Magazine / April 2017 / Fiction


Short story, approximately 500 words.

Cleaver Magazine / March 2017 / Fiction


Short story, approximately 400 words.

Spelk / March 2017 / Fiction

Rogue Walls

Short story, approximately 500 words.

Star 82 Review / March 2017 / Fiction

What Are Friends For

Short story, approximately 4700 words.

Storgy Magazine / February 2017 / Fiction


Short story, approximately 700 words.

The Molotov Cocktail / January 2017 / Fiction

Life in a Suitcase

Short story, approximately 800 words.

Eunoia Review / December 2016 / Fiction


Short story, approximately 3400 words. Finalist in the Open Road Review Short Story Prize 2016.

Open Road Review / October 2016 / Fiction


Short story, approximately 2600 words.

Out of Print / March 2016 / Fiction


Short story, approximately 100 words.

The Drabble / November 2016 / Fiction

End of the Slide

Short story, approximately 500 words.

Toasted Cheese Literary Journal / December 2015 / Fiction

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