Kerala Floods: How Do We Fight Fake News? Start With Your Family WhatsApp Group

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Kerala Floods: How Do We Fight Fake News? Start With Your Family WhatsApp Group

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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ave you noticed how people who are averse to long-term commitment to relationships are also the most likely to get permanent tattoos? No judgment here, of course, I’m the exact opposite – I stumbled into parenthood with very little clue of what it entails. But a few weeks ago, I nearly decided to get myself inked after I chanced upon the motto of the Royal Society. “Nullius in verba” roughly translates to “take nobody’s word for it”, an exhortation to verify all statements by an appeal to facts. Plus, it’s in Latin, and let’s face it, a foreign language is way cooler for a tattoo.

This is not a new thought, according to our constitution it is the fundamental duty of the people of the Republic of India to “develop scientific temper,” but one that seems to have been long forgotten in the age we live in. The momentary urge to desecrate my body with a needle passed (junk food and an unhealthy lifestyle continued unabated of course), but soon enough the relevance of the simple phrase unravelled in the most saddening ways possible.

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