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Jan 2022 /
Friday
All Aboard the Delivery Express!

Investors are throwing money at delivery startups that promise instant gratification—which in turn is making many worry about the well-being of their employees. But how many people really need that bag of tamatar in 10 minutes?

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Jan 2022/
Thursday
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Biryani Republic

As we recover from our collective R-Day hangovers, Sandip Roy pays a tongue-in-cheek tribute to our culinary culture—quirks, obsessions and fatal weaknesses included.

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Jan 2022/
Tuesday
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Equal Protection

California State University System has added ‘caste’ to the list of categories protected from discrimination—alongside race, gender etc. The decision has infuriated the Hindu American Foundation—and a number of faculty members who belong to it. They claim the move, in fact, discriminates against all Indians.

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Jan 2022/
Monday
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Border Crossings

A Gujarati family of four—including a baby—froze to death while trying to cross the border into the United States. We look at why Indians take such desperate measures to enter the country—and who they are.

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Jan 2022/
Friday
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The Right to Rape

The Delhi High Court is considering four petitions that challenge the part of the Indian Penal Code that decriminalises rape within marriage. We look at what the law says, why this “marital rape exception” still exists—and why it is being challenged.

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Jan 2022/
Thursday
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It’s All So Meta

It's one of the hottest tech buzzwords—and is being touted as the future of the internet, especially by Mark Zuckerberg. But no one really knows what it means. And there are already reasons to worry about navigating this virtual universe. One big reason: Meta, formerly known as Facebook.

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Jan 2022/
Wednesday
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Moving Houses

The parliament passed a bill that signed off on an ambitious plan to move the country’s capital from overcrowded Jakarta to a remote part of the island of Borneo. Not everyone is happy with this $34 billion decision—especially environmentalists.

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Jan 2022/
Tuesday
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Caste Your Vote

Where fates of polls elsewhere are determined by electoral tides, in India, it is all about hawa—and the direction of the wind of popular sentiment. And that’s why the mini-exodus of Other Backward Caste leaders from the BJP has been raising eyebrows—and questions about the saffron party’s future in the state. This time around, all the talk is about the other ‘C’—caste not communalism.

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Jan 2022/
Monday
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Sins of the Father

On Friday, former bishop Franco Mulakkal was acquitted on charges of repeatedly raping a nun. The history of the case reveals the rot inside the Catholic Church in India—while the ruling exposes the deep-seated misogyny of our male judges.

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Jan 2022/
Saturday
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A (Tek)Fog of Confusion

The Wire’s three-part investigation into a secret BJP app called Tek Fog raised great concerns about a powerful tool that hijacks social media, and targets thousands with a click of a button. But a closer look at the evidence reveals glaring holes. What we have, in fact, is a grab-bag of possibly interesting leads and great leaps of extrapolation held together by ‘confirmation bias’.

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