Author: Shweta Bhandral

“Hate Is a Subtle and Evil Virus, as Dangerous as Corona”: Author Annie Zaidi

Best-selling author Annie Zaidi on inspiration, personal choices, and her prescient novel about bigotry and radicalisation in today’s India By Shweta Bhandral A peaceful countenance, a crisp cotton sari and a pleasant smile as she greets friends and guests at her book-reading session. It wasn’t the first time I was meeting Annie Zaidi but the […]

A Fact-Checker’s Life: Exposing Fake News and Communalism, Surviving Social Boycott

As technology majors and media houses gear up to fight fake news, fact-checkers at the forefront face the social backlash and soul-crushing battle. By Shweta Bhandral In April 2018, Google News Initiative (GNI) held their first train-the-trainer fact-checking workshop in India with 35 journalists from across the country. Attending that four-day seminar at Google’s Delhi […]