Apr 2021

April /
Friday
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Prophecies of Whom?

The exit poll results are finally in, and they will cause sleepless nights in Bengal—where the predictions range wildly from one extreme to another. BJP can likely write off Kerala and Tamil Nadu, while Congress is holding on to the slim hope of Assam.

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April /
Thursday
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A Big Dose of Chaos

The union government will kick off phase three of its vaccination drive on May 1. Unfortunately, while the intent is to expand access to younger Indians, the actual effect may be to create chaos, confusion and ultimately serious shortages.

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April /
Wednesday
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The Golden (Bio) Bubble

Is the daily parade of ball-cracking cricket a tasteless spectacle of excess amid great suffering? Or a valuable service to “humanity,” as the Indian cricket board insists? We take a quick look at the controversy over IPL’s bio-bubble of privilege.

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April /
Tuesday
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And the Award Goes To...

By glorious serendipity, the results of both the Bhaskars and the Oscars were announced almost on the same day. It gives us an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast what thousands of Indians picked over a bunch of LA-picked folks.

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April /
Monday
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All Rise!

On Saturday, SA Bobde ended his tenure as Chief Justice of India—and the assessments of his legacy were not kind. But will his successor NV Ramana fare any better?

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April /
Friday
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Circling Hell

As the oxygen crisis continued, the High Courts took aim at the government—prompting the Supreme Court to wade in. Meanwhile, the government took urgent steps, while trying to duck the blame.

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April /
Thursday
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Choke Point

With regard to the ‘covid hell’ playing out across the country, we look at why hospitals are running out of oxygen, and what the government plans to do about it.

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April /
Wednesday
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A Black Life Mattered

The jury found police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges. But everyone agrees, true justice for Black victims of police brutality cannot be delivered by a single verdict. We offer some background to the case, the trial and its significance.

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April /
Tuesday
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It’s a Sin!

The nation has been convulsed by violent clashes which have shaken an already weak government. Its confrontation with the radical group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan reveals how Islamic extremism has been a double-edged sword for rulers of Pakistan.

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April /
Monday
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Clash of the Kuttis

Once the land of political giants, the state is witnessing an election populated with wannabes—each vying to fill far-too-large shoes of those who have gone before them.

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April /
Friday
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Under Water

The biggest story in the world is the gargantuan second wave in India. TBH, there aren’t any aspects that we haven’t already explained. So we’re doing a roundup of the biggest stories related to the wave—to give you the big picture of the mess.

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April /
Thursday
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Radioactive Ruckus

The Japanese government plans to release 1.25 million tonnes of radioactive treated water from its Fukushima nuclear reactor into the sea. The announcement has triggered a diplomatic furore plus angry protests by nuclear activists and the fishing industry

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April /
Wednesday
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Choices, Choices!

In a sudden flurry of action, the government approved Sputnik V—and opened the nation’s door to a wide range of vaccines. But the actual number of vaccines we Indians can choose from remains to be determined.

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April /
Tuesday
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Festival of Frights

In the middle of a giant second wave, we are witnessing a potential super-duper spreader event unfold—and no one is doing anything about it.

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April /
Monday
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A Needle-less Problem

The Prime Minister kicked off a four-day Tika Utsav in the midst of looming shortages of vaccines—and a rising tsunami of new cases. Dear rock, meet hard place. But how did we get ourselves into this impossible situation?

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April /
Friday
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An Embarrassment of Riches

As we explained earlier this week, a French news site Mediapart is doing a three-installment investigation into the 2015 deal to buy Rafale fighter jets made by Dassault Aviation. The latest episode is damning for the Modi government.

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April /
Thursday
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A (Un)Civil War

The bloody ambush of soldiers in Sukma—and the abduction of one of them—has turned the spotlight on the last Maoist bastion in India. But in the din of the headlines, no one has bothered to explain what is happening and, more importantly, why.

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April /
Wednesday
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When the Music Died...

Three prominent maestros of Hindustani classical music—Ramakant, Umakant, and Akhilesh Gundecha—have been accused of gross sexual assault and harassment. The allegations point to deep-rooted misogyny and inequality in the guru-shishya relationship.

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April /
Tuesday
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Man in the Middle

All of us know that defence contracts are irredeemably dirty. Now, we have one shady middleman who has been connected to two dubious deals—each pointing the finger of shame at a different political party.

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April /
Monday
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Here Comes The Sun...

Okay, there is no summary for this one. You’ll just have to come along for the ride, and we promise that it will end in a super-fun destination.

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April /
Friday
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It’s A Mystery!

India’s Covid numbers continue to confound the experts. First, they fell for no apparent reason—and now they are surging just as inexplicably. What is going on here? Here’s a short explainer that sums up where we are and what we know.

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April /
Thursday
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Tiger, Burning Bright...

A massive forest first is raging through Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh. But it is just the latest in a series of fires that have devastated India’s largest and most precious biospheres this year. Who is to blame for this tragic trend?

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