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Meet Sandhya Tenneti: The woman who is mapping India’s diaspora through social media

Through this initiative she is reaching out to various communities to have a better understanding of their life, culture, tradition and their origin

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  • Sandhya’s interest in diaspora also springs from the fact that though she was born in Andhra Pradesh, she was brought up in Maharashtra and Karnataka
  • Through this initiative, she is reaching out to various communities to have a better understanding of their life, culture, tradition and their origin
  • The social media page reveals some fascinating facts on the Sikhs in Manipur, the Jains in Sikkim, the Japanese in West Bengal and the Iraqis in AP among others

With the world and its various communities constantly on a move, the thought that how do they sustain the authenticity of their culture, which reflects on their values and tradition is often an intriguing one.

This very thought interested Sandhya Tenneti and inspired her to launch a Facebook page titled, ‘The Diaspora Diaries’, revealing some fascinating facts on the Sikhs in Manipur, the Jains in Sikkim, the Japanese in West Bengal, the Siddis in Karnataka and the Iraqis in AP among others.

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The popularity of the page can be easily vouched for given the number of likes it boasts of, and all just within a span six months. The page has received over 10 thousand likes since its launch. It also has a short description, which is read as “Researching the migration patterns of communities within India and their current lifestyles, attitudes, and connections to their ancestral origins.”

Through this initiative, she is reaching out to various communities to have a better understanding of their life, culture, tradition and their origin.

Sandhya Tenneti Image Source: The New Indian Express
Sandhya Tenneti Image Source: The New Indian Express

Speaking to The New Indian Express, she said, “I had some bare-bones knowledge on the Africans in India but when I researched more about them, I was intrigued to learn their history in this country goes back hundreds of years.”

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Talking about a heart-warming episode after posting an insight on the Burmese people, she said, “I had some bare-bones knowledge on the Africans in India but when I researched more about them, I was intrigued to learn their history in this country goes back hundreds of years.”

Sandhya further explained to The New Indian Express, that her interest in diaspora also springs from the fact that though she was born in Andhra Pradesh, she was brought up in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

She added, “I would constantly wonder how people from such communities relate to their ancestral origin. What kind of self-identity do they have? I realised that India, as we know it today, is made up of many such communities that have migrated from one part of the country to another.”

-by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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    Sandhya Tenneti :An inspiration to many

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    The land one comes from, its tradition and culture is what makes up one’s identity. Sandhya Tenneti is indeed doing a great thing.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Sandhya is doing a great Job by making people understand their culture and traditions. Such people won’t let Indian tradition and culture to come to an end.

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  • Karishma Vanjani

    Sandhya Tenneti :An inspiration to many

  • AJ Krish

    The land one comes from, its tradition and culture is what makes up one’s identity. Sandhya Tenneti is indeed doing a great thing.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Sandhya is doing a great Job by making people understand their culture and traditions. Such people won’t let Indian tradition and culture to come to an end.

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Facebook has 17 million monthly users in Australia -- 68 per cent of its population -- while Instagram, second most popular site in terms of users - which is owned by Facebook, has 11 million users

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Monday proposed measures to counter the dominant market positions of Google and Facebook and strengthen monitoring on their access to information, advertising and consumers personal data.

The regulatory body, which recommended 11 preliminary measures in the report, was directed to conduct a public inquiry into the impact of digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content in 2017 by then treasurer and current Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Acting as an intermediary between consumers and news outlets, platforms are inherently influential in shaping consumers’ choices of digital journalism,” said the report cited by Efe news.

This influential position and filtration of news items could place the consumer in a so-called filter bubble, increasing the risk of consumers being exposed to unreliable news, according to the report.

“The algorithms operated by each of Google and Facebook, as well as other policies, determine which content is surfaced and displayed to consumers in news feed and search results,” it said.

“The ACCC considers that the strong market position of digital platforms like Google and Facebook justifies a greater level of regulatory oversight,” Chair Rod Sims said.

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The commission called for the creation of a regulatory authority with powers to monitor these digital platforms and recommended establishing an automatic mechanism to take down content that violates copyright.

The ACCC said consumers should be informed about the manner in which these platforms collect and use their data to create personalized advertising.

This would include a reform of privacy laws to require the user’s express consent to data collection and “enable consumers to require erasure of their personal information where they have withdrawn their consent”.

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ACCC said that it found that “competition may have been distorted in multiple sectors where consumer data is used”.

Facebook has 17 million monthly users in Australia — 68 per cent of its population — while Instagram, second most popular site in terms of users – which is owned by Facebook, has 11 million users.

In 2017, Google registered 90 per cent of search traffic originating from Australian desktops and 98 per cent from mobile phones. (IANS)