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Religious Pluralism is an attitude or policy regarding the diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society.

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New Delhi, December 5, 2016: An event has been organised by the Indic Academy wherein Koenraad Elst will be delivering a talk on the topic ‘Hinduism- Source of Indian Pluralism’. The event will be held by the Indic Academy on 5 December 2016 in Sri Siddanta Hall, Chennai.

Belgian-origin scholar of Indology, Dr. Koenraad Elst is well-known for his vast studies on the Hindu religion, Hindu-Muslim relations and Indian history. His works and achievements include a research stay in the prestigious BHU (Kashi Vishwavidyalaya), original fieldwork for a doctorate on Hindu nationalism, which he obtained magna cum laude in 1998, earned laurels and ostracism with his findings on hot topics like Islam, multiculturalism and the secular state, the Indo-European roots, the Ayodhya temple/mosque dispute and Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy.

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He has also left his imprints in the area of religion where he combined human sympathy with substantive skepticism. He also published on the interface of religion and politics, correlative cosmologies, the dark side of Buddhism, the reinvention of Hinduism, technical points of Indian and Chinese philosophies, various language policy issues, Maoism, the renewed relevance of Confucius in conservatism, the increasing Asian stamp on integrating world civilization, direct democracy, the defence of threatened freedoms and the Belgian question. Indic Academy is holding this knowledgeable talk with a mission to preserve, protect and promote Indic civilisational identity, thoughts, and values. To achieve its mission, it seeks to transform thinkers, nurture networks and promote platforms.

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According to Swarajya, “Indic Academy aims at transforming 2,020 public intellectuals into authors and scholars by the year 2020.” Indic Academy has a proud part in itself ie. Indic Book Club, a horizontal multi-city network and two vertical networks, Indic Economic Network and Indic Law Network. The academy is also looking forward to launching other vertical networks in the areas of activism, arts and scholarship. It is also promoting multiple platforms for academics, activists, artists and authors to express themselves.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?