Feb 2021

Feb 2021/
Friday
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Game Changer!

The government released draft guidelines that will soon become law—and they will likely change the landscape of your online world.

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Feb 2021/
Thursday
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Playing the Name Game

The collapse of England’s batting lineup in the third test at Motera was a bit of a surprise. But it was nothing compared to the shocker that preceded it: The out-of-the-blue renaming of the stadium hosting the match.

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Feb 2021/
Wednesday
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Shredded!

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana granted bail to the 22-year-old climate activist. His ruling also meticulously ripped the prosecution’s case to shreds.

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Feb 2021/
Tuesday
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Salute to Democracy

Ever since the military seized power, citizens have been flooding the streets in defiance. So far, the military is showing restraint, but it has been very successful in crushing pro-democracy movements for most of Myanmar’s past.

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Feb 2021/
Monday
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Love Letter

This is the story of how we got here thanks to your love for splainer. But more importantly, it is also a call out to all of you to come write the next chapter with us.

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Feb 2021/
Friday
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No News For You!

Do Google and Facebook help publishers by freely distributing their content to a wide audience? Or are they making free use of the content to mop up billions in ad revenue? That’s the core issue at stake in a battle between Facebook and the government.

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Feb 2021/
Thursday
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One Step Forward

A Delhi court acquitted Priya Ramani of criminal defamation charges, and expressed resounding support for the right of all women to call out their sexual harassers.

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Feb 2021/
Wednesday
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An Unspeakable Crime

After more than two years, the courts today will issue a ruling in the defamation suit filed by former BJP minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani.

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Feb 2021/
Tuesday
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Criminal Theory

The Delhi police expanded its list of wanted suspects in the toolkit case to include two other activists—amid growing outrage over Disha Ravi’s arrest.

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Feb 2021/
Monday
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Tools of the State

The Delhi police arrested 22-year-old Disha Ravi. The charge: She conspired with a Khalistani group to create a toolkit aimed at waging “economic, social, cultural and regional war against India.” But no charges have been filed and the FIR is missing.

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Feb 2021/
Friday
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Going KooKoo!

The made-in-India Twitter clone Koo has crossed 3 million users ever since GOI gave it a big jhappi—in its bid to get CEO Jack Dorsey to toe its line. So what the hell is Koo, and is it any good?

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Feb 2021/
Thursday
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Framed Work

The explosive results of a highly respected US forensics firm show that Rona Wilson and sixteen others may have been framed in the Bhima Koregaon case.

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Feb 2021/
Wednesday
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(Free) Speech Impediments

A flurry of news stories—when taken together—reveal the shrinking space for free speech in the country. The government is making it crystal clear that it will not tolerate anyone who crosses the official line—especially on the internet.

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Feb 2021/
Tuesday
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The Prisoner

The factory worker shot to global fame when Kamala Harris’ niece Meena tweeted about her arrest. It helped draw attention not just to Kaur, but also the plight of workers in the Kundli Industrial Area on the Haryana border.

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Feb 2021/
Monday
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The Ice Cold Truth

Mountainous stretches of Uttarakhand have been hit by severe flooding—killing seven, while 125 are missing. The waters also swept away two under-construction dams. Initial theories about the cause point to massive development projects and global warming.

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Feb 2021/
Friday
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Another Great Uprising

Tens of thousands of Russians have taken to the streets to protest the arrest of Opposition leader Alexei Navalny. There have been plenty of protests in Russia before, but this time around, Putin is worried—and for good reason.

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Feb 2021/
Thursday
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Star Wars

The government is combating any and every sign of possible support to the farmers with astonishing single-mindedness—and perhaps without a sense of perspective.

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Feb 2021/
Wednesday
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The Great Decrease

While the virus surges in great parts of the world—mutating unchecked—India’s cases have been steadily declining, and for no apparent reason. We look at the various theories put forward to explain this seeming miracle.

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Feb 2021/
Tuesday
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Blocked!

On Monday, the government moved to block their critics, both on Twitter and at protest sites. The result: An astonishing show of unilateral power. But Twitter reversed its decision by evening, leaving us with the big question: What will this achieve?

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Feb 2021/
Monday
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Sins of Humour

Munawar Faruqui is in jail for jokes he did not make. And Kunal Kamra is being hauled up for contempt for a series of tweets criticising the Supreme Court. And they both point to a new escalation.

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