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Happymon Jacob speaks to Arun Mohan Sukumar about his book 'Midnight’s Machines' which charts the political history of technology in India since the end of the Second World War.

Happymon Jacob speaks with Arun Mohan Sukumar about his book, Midnight’s Machines. In his book, Sukumar charts the political history of technology in India since the end of the Second World War.

In this conversation, he lays out India’s tryst with technology under the aegis of various prime ministers, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi and Narendra Modi. He also dwells on many considerations, ranging from philosophical and moral to outright political that led leaders like Nehru and others to temper and manage how Indian people viewed technology and interacted with it.