Cultural Re-contextualization of Fairness Research in Language Technologies in India

Shaily Bhatt
Partha Talukdar
NeurIPS Workshop on Cultures in AI(2022)


Recent research has revealed undesirable biases in NLP data and models. However, these efforts focus of social disparities in West, and are not directly portable to other geo-cultural contexts. In this position paper, we outline a holistic research agenda to re-contextualize NLP fairness research for the Indian context, accounting for Indian \textit{societal context}, bridging \textit{technological} gaps in capability \& resources, and adapting to Indian cultural \textit{values}. We also report high-level findings from an empirical study on various social stereotypes for Region and Religion axes in the Indian context, demonstrating its prevalence in corpora and models.