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“The Museum Within” : Art Exhibition in Delhi dwells on Position and Function of Museums in India

The exhibition proposes alternative forms of inquiry into the preservation of Indian heritage

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New Delhi, November 2, 2016: Museums play a major role in conservation and collection of cultural objects. Drawing from the disciplines of cartography, archaeology and design, an ongoing art exhibition dwells on the position and function of museums.

Donning the mantles of archaeologist, museum curator and conservator, Debasish Mukherjee re-imagines these roles and reconstructs architecture and objects from his past to raise questions around preservation and neglect.

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The exhibition, titled “The Museum Within” that showcases Mukherjee’s sculptures and installations, is on view the at Akar Prakar Art Advisory in Hauz Khas Village till November 30.

The exhibition proposes alternative forms of inquiry into the preservation of Indian heritage. It questions if Indian museums aptly serve as custodians of our culture and collective identity and if our historical sites deserve more respect as emblems of social history.

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“The Museum Within is a gathering of my personal observations of our rich heritage, historical sites and museums of India. This body of work, created between 2015 and 2016 is a result of all that I have seen in the past, admired and wanted to conserve in my own way through my Art,” Mukherjee told IANS.

“At times I wonder why some organisations don’t play a more vital role in the preservation of these sites and objects and what is more disturbing is that even we don’t respect or regard our heritage but treat them merely as ruins instead,” he added.

From time immemorial, the humble clay has remained one of the most popular materials to be shaped by human hands into objects of utility, beauty and spirituality.

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According to the artist, “the material signifies living history. Widely used in India, it still makes the brick that holds our shelters up, a variety of household vessels as well as religious idols for ceremonies.”

The artist’s series of sculpted terracotta pots sit on layers of paper, modeled into square units that appear symbolically aged by the markings of time. Miniaturized plots of sites, the boxed contents urge circumambulation or a parikrama as though of a sacred shrine that belongs to a distant past but one that informs our current social and cultural history. (IANS)

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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?