Nov 2021

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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Nov 2021/
Monday
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Seeds of Victory

The government took everyone by surprise and repealed the three farm laws—which have sparked months of angry farmer protests. We look at the fallout of this momentous decision.

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Nov 2021/
Friday
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Yer Going Down!

Shares of one of India’s best known digital payments companies fell sharply on the first day of trading after its lacklustre IPO. Here’s a look at why that happened—for those of us who don’t obsessively track the stock market everyday. This is basically an old-fashioned tale of hubris.

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Nov 2021/
Thursday
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A Very English Sport

The blistering testimony of Pakistan-born Azeem Rafiq at a parliamentary hearing ripped off the genteel veneer of English county cricket—typically associated with immaculate whites and idyllic greens. It also revealed the sport’s ugly secret: racist abuse is not limited to bigoted fans but very much a part of the players dressing room.

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Nov 2021/
Wednesday
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Blinded By the Smoke

Each year, the air in Delhi becomes unbreathable in the winter. Each year, the Supreme Court steps in to demand action. And each year, big plans are announced. And yet, here we are again.

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Nov 2021/
Tuesday
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Good Meat, Bad Meat

Ahmedabad became the latest city to clamp down on stalls and roadside vendors selling meat. It is part of a growing and often violent movement based on the assumption that meat offends Hindu sentiments. But who eats meat in India? And who sells it? Turns out, neither answer has anything to do with religion per se.

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Nov 2021/
Monday
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Global (Luke)Warming

190 countries met in Glasgow amid a great sense of urgency about the future of a rapidly warming planet. After two weeks of haggling and compromises, we have an agreement—which offers a far better chance of real change, but without guarantees that it will happen.

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Nov 2021/
Friday
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Cry Me A River

Over recent weeks, images and videos of the Yamuna covered with toxic foam have sparked outrage, despair and, inevitably, political blame-mongering. We look at why our great river is in such dire shape—and why we can’t seem to get our act together and clean it.

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Nov 2021/
Thursday
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Beauty Queen

In a startup world dominated by younger tech bros, the 58-year-old founder of Nykaa has emerged as one of the biggest winners. She is now India’s wealthiest self-made female billionaire thanks to a smashing IPO—and is among the top 20 richest persons in the country. Here’s a quick introduction to who she is—and why her success is truly notable.

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Nov 2021/
Wednesday
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Bad Rap

Eight people died at Travis Scott’s concert in Houston. Hundreds of others have been injured—including a 10-year-old who is in a coma. How did a music concert of an A-list rapper in one of the most affluent parts of the world go so terribly wrong? We take a quick look at the three key Ps: personality, preparation and profit.

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Nov 2021/
Tuesday
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Dragon’s Breath

A Pentagon report recently revealed that Beijing has built a village on disputed territory near the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh. We explain why this village is just one piece of the bigger and more alarming picture—of a Chinese dragon breathing down our Northeastern neck.

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Nov 2021/
Monday
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Loathing On A Prayer

For many weeks, Hindutva groups and some resident associations have waged a war against Muslims praying in public spaces. The hostility reached an ugly peak on Friday at a Govardhan puja—staged primarily as a victory lap. Meanwhile, in Tripura, the police slapped anti-terror charges on those documenting the recent attacks on mosques. Are these the new rules of worship in new India?

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Nov 2021/
Wednesday
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A Diwali Story

In the place of our usual explainer, here is a wonderful essay by Samhita Arni—an author whose resume spans everything from the fabulously illustrated ‘Sita’s Ramayana’ to the mystery thriller ‘The Missing Queen’ and her latest piece of mythological fiction ‘The Prince’.

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Nov 2021/
Tuesday
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White (Ball) Washed!

After the initial shock of the New Zealand drubbing passed, pundits and former players alike got busy decoding the reasons for our abysmal performance. Here’s a round-up of the popular theories doing the rounds.

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Nov 2021/
Monday
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Taxman Cometh

The Group of 20—who represent the largest economies in the world—agreed to impose a minimum corporate tax on global companies. The reason: To put an end to havens that allow them to duck paying higher taxes. The move will reshape how companies like Apple, Facebook etc. do business, but will it work—and for whom?

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