Jul 2022

Jul 2022/
Sunday
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Travelling through India

We take you across the country to visit different cities of India through books.

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Jul 2022/
Friday
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Chennai’s Gambit

The World Chess Olympiad kicks off today in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu—a historic occasion that marks our first outing as hosts. Even better news: India has an excellent chance of scoring a medal this year. We’ve put together a colourful guide to the tournament touted as the ‘Olympics’ of chess.

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Jul 2022/
Thursday
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Dodge That Bullet

Are you one of those ‘Covid virgins’ who’ve never caught the disease? Why are some people seemingly more ‘immune’ to the disease than others? And will the new virus subvariants finally test their luck?

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Jul 2022/
Wednesday
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The Naked Truth

Actor Ranveer Singh has been booked for a battery of ‘crimes’ for posing naked in a magazine photoshoot. We looked at the laws that cover nudity—the double standards in applying those laws—and India’s time-honoured tradition of baring it all.

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Jul 2022/
Tuesday
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Tangled Up In Blues

According to a recently published study, there is no connection between brain chemistry and depression—and it challenges the prescription of antidepressants to treat the condition. But many experts say the study’s findings do not support its claims.

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Jul 2022/
Monday
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Under the Scanner

The Enforcement Directorate has accused the organisation and its former head, Aakar Patel, of money laundering—and breaking foreign remittance laws. Amnesty claims it’s being targeted for spotlighting the government’s human rights record. We look at the details of the case—and the changing rules governing foreign funding for NGOs in India.

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Jul 2022/
Friday
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La Confusione

Prime Minister Mario Draghi was forced to resign—after the coalition supporting him collapsed. Now, you may not be that interested in Italian politics, but the leader who replaces him—likely a far-right leader—may throw the EU into total disarray–right when it is most vulnerable.

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Jul 2022/
Thursday
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Unpopularity Contest

The former prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe won the parliamentary vote to become the island nation’s new president. But his road ahead is fraught with peril—given his past record and popular rage against him.

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Jul 2022/
Wednesday
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The Great White Hope

We look at the roots of Delia Owens' white saviour complex—which is at the core of this kind of violence—and how it has been internalised by even brown folks like us.

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Jul 2022/
Tuesday
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Preserve, Protect and Kill

The highly anticipated movie adaptation of Delia Owens’ ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ is mired in an unexpected controversy over her past. The source: her involvement in a killing in Zambia—which cast the media spotlight on the racist side of wildlife conservation, which often values an animal more than a black life.

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Jul 2022/
Monday
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Shrinking Money

The Indian currency has been falling precipitously against the dollar over the past month. What’s going on and should we be worried? Here’s a quick and simple guide to the shrinking rupee.

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Jul 2022/
Sunday
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In praise of Ghalib

Here’s an introduction to a gorgeous Persian album of paintings and calligraphy captures the great beauty of Ghalib’s poetry.

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Jul 2022/
Friday
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Testing, Testing, Testing

We look at the Common University Entrance Test—which was made mandatory for college admissions this year. The first phase will kick off today—in 500 cities across the country. Does CUET offer equal opportunity to all Indian students? Or is it a disaster for the school system, as some critics argue?

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Jul 2022/
Thursday
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Hitting the Textbooks

Today, we look at the ‘rationalisation’ of school textbooks—which will significantly transform what Indian kids learn.

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Jul 2022/
Wednesday
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Lessons in Learning

The government has been engaged in an ambitious rehaul of the Indian education system. In 2020, it rolled out the first National Education Policy since 1986—while making plans to overhaul textbook content. The most recent change was the introduction of a common entrance exam for colleges. We take a look at the NEP in the first of this series.

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Jul 2022/
Tuesday
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An Uber Scandal

An international consortium of media outlets gained access to 124,000 of Uber's internal company documents—which were investigated by 180 journalists in 29 countries. The broader picture of a company intent on a ruthless strategy of expansion isn’t exactly surprising—but a number of details are worth your attention.

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Jul 2022/
Monday
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Gota Gotta Go

In an unprecedented show of popular rage, hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans swarmed Colombo to evict their president and prime minister. But there is no clear path out of this crisis—as both the military and opposition struggle to maintain stability.

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Jul 2022/
Sunday
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Quarries, Quiet, and Quick Getaways

It’s officially traffic light season (orange and red alerts galore) and when we’re not ensconced in our homes, we’re embracing the full frenzy of the monsoon.

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Jul 2022/
Friday
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Bye Bye, Boris

Boris Johnson known for his survival skills—earning him the nickname ‘greased piglet’—resigned yesterday after a full-blooded mutiny within his own party. The big question now: Who will replace him? The bigger question: Can they save the Tory party, and the country—which is facing the worst cost-of-living crisis since the post-World War era?

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Jul 2022/
Thursday
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Connect the Dots

The trial of the 17 accused of conspiring to murder Lankesh finally got underway last month—nearly five years after her murder. The defence strategy is clear: blame the victim. And while it may not work to acquit the killers, the most important facts may already be buried—the connections to three other killings and the role of a cult-like Hindutva organisation called Sanatan Sanstha.

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Jul 2022/
Wednesday
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A Trial in Bangalore

In 2017, Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in Bangalore. The police investigation dragged on slowly—resulting in the arrest of 17 people belonging to a shadowy Hindutva organisation. The case finally went on trial in May—and its outcome will be critical given the current political environment.

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Jul 2022/
Tuesday
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Taxing Problems

The government has hiked the GST rate—and removed exemptions—on a number of items, including food items. Is this really a good idea when India is coping with soaring inflation—and dampening demand? We take a quick look at the impact.

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Jul 2022/
Monday
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Murder Stories

The police claim that two brutal killings by Muslim men—withing the space of ten days—are part of a greater conspiracy involving Pakistan. Muddying the waters: photos of some of the accused that establish a BJP connection.

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Jul 2022/
Friday
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Long Live the Maha-Raja

The rebel Sena leader, Eknath Shinde—was sworn in as Chief Minister yesterday—in a surprise move that shocked everyone including the now Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis. But will Shinde’s spoils of war include the Shiv Sena party as well? We look at what happened—and what to expect next.

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