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Dec 2021 /
Friday
Gospel of Hate

2021 has witnessed an escalation in attacks on Christian communities across the country—a pattern that has received far less attention than anti-Muslim violence. We look at what’s happening and why.

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Dec 2021/
Thursday
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The Hyderabad Eye

Earlier this month, Amnesty International released a brief report calling out the dangerous use of facial recognition technology in the city. But Hyderabad is far from the only Orwellian nightmare in India—but part of a sweeping nationwide trend, which is closely linked to the Smart Cities Mission.

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Dec 2021/
Wednesday
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Non Resident CEO

Not much is known about the new publicity-shy CEO—or how he plans to lead Twitter. Here’s a quick recap of what we could uncover from the recent coverage.

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Nov 2021/
Tuesday
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Hit the Road, Jack!

The founder and CEO of Twitter startled everyone by suddenly quitting his job. An unexpected but more pleasant surprise for Indians: Dorsey’s successor is a former IIT graduate—who appears the total antithesis of his Buddhist boss. Was Dorsey pushed or did he jump? And what does any of this mean for Twitter?

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Nov 2021/
Monday
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Panic Button

Soon after news of the new variant broke on Friday, leaders and scientists scrambled into frenzied activity. We look at what we know about the virus so far, what actions have been taken—and varying views on whether this truly is a variant of great concern.

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Nov 2021/
Sunday
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Of Pianos, Pets, and Predators

Champaca Books, the Bangalore-based independent bookstore, brings you new and exciting reading recommendations from our shelves, from fiction, nonfiction, translations, to poetry.

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Nov 2021/
Friday
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Change is Constant

A new variant detected in South Africa has a dizzying number of mutations—and is being described as “horrific” by some experts. But we still don’t know enough about this version to figure out how it behaves. Here’s what we know so far.

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Nov 2021/
Thursday
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Where’s My Baby?

An adoption row in Kerala reads like a horror movie: A newborn baby snatched from its mother and illegally given away. What makes it even more shocking: All the protagonists—including the villains—are well-educated communists connected to the ruling party. And as always in India, this is a tale about caste and gender—though for a change, it has a happy ending.

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Nov 2021/
Wednesday
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A New Notebandi

The government listed 26 bills for the winter session of Parliament—and among them is the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill. Its description suggests that the government may be gearing up to ban all private cryptocurrencies—and create one of its own.

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Nov 2021/
Tuesday
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Lock Kiya Jaye!

The joint parliamentary committee report submitted its recommendations for a long overdue law that protects your data—from everybody except the government. We look at why Opposition parties are unhappy, and for good reason.

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