Sep 2022

Sep 2022/
Friday
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Justice For All

A historic Supreme Court judgment offers all women access to abortion—be they unmarried, transgender or survivors of marital rape. And it offered a stirring defence of a woman’s right to choose whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.

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Sep 2022/
Thursday
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Size Matters

Men’s obsession with the size of their penis is the fodder for endless pop culture humour. But that anxiety can often hide a crippling mental health disease—which is no laughing matter.

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Sep 2022/
Wednesday
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Patwari Police

A 19-year-old girl working at an Uttarakhand resort was killed—provoking widespread outrage over the unconscionable delay in investigating her death. The tragedy also cast the spotlight on Uttarakhand’s bizarre law enforcement system.

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Sep 2022/
Tuesday
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Man in the Mirror

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is just as prevalent among men as it is among women. So why do we so rarely talk about it?

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Sep 2022/
Monday
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Lady of the Rings

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the hard right party, Brothers of Italy, is poised to become the next PM—which is spooking most of Western Europe. More interestingly, her ascendance has cast a spotlight on the cult of Tolkein among Italian fascists—who consider the ‘Lord of The Rings’ a sacred text. Umm, why?

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Sep 2022/
Sunday
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Poetry From Our Shelves!

We’re recommending poetry collections!

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Sep 2022/
Friday
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Burning Down the Veil

The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini—arrested for wearing her hijab “improperly”—has unleashed angry protests across Iran. Yes, this is about gender rights—but also rage at the government in the midst of a severe economic crisis.

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Sep 2022/
Thursday
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An Innocent Man

Earlier this week, the Pakistani American walked out of prison after 23 years—when his conviction in the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee was vacated. Media reports have framed his release as testimony to the power of popular true crime podcast ‘Serial’. But is that really true?

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Sep 2022/
Wednesday
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Tears of an Elephant

Tamil Nadu and Assam are warring over an elephant—which has been held captive at a temple for over a decade. But the greatest tragedy is that Joymala’s case is not exceptional or rare.

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Sep 2022/
Tuesday
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Dead & Buried

Queen Elizabeth II was finally buried in an elaborate ceremony yesterday. And other than the A-list guest list and eye-watering price tag, it was a decidedly tame affair. We decided to go back in time to look at other far more entertaining royal funerals–which offered full paisa vasool. (Sorry, we’re not in mourning)

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Sep 2022/
Monday
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Yer a Cheetah!

Unless you were living under a rock, you likely know that eight cheetahs staged a grand return to India—amid great pomp and celebration. But what are their chances of survival in the Indian wild?

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Sep 2022/
Friday
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Hanging in Horror

All states in India offer their share of horror stories of caste killings, sexual assault, and gender violence. But Uttar Pradesh is infamous for cases that combine all three in a gruesome cocktail that often shakes the nation—like the Badaun killings and now Lakhimpur Kheri.

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Sep 2022/
Thursday
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Bear of a Problem

Ukraine recently scored a shocking strategic victory—exposing the weak underbelly of a Russian military that now looks incompetent, undermanned and worse. And everyone is talking about the unthinkable—Russia’s defeat. What the hell happened?

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Sep 2022/
Wednesday
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Islands of Delusion

The government is working on a gargantuan Rs 750 billion (75,000 crore) project to develop a mega-port and tourist destination in the Great Nicobar island. Environmentalists and activists are sounding the alarm. We explain why.

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Sep 2022/
Tuesday
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Can of Worms

A Varanasi court judge rejected a key challenge to a petition filed by five Hindu women—asserting their right to offer daily prayers at the mosque. While the merits of their case are yet to be decided, the decision opens the door to revisiting The Places of Worship Act—which prohibits the conversion of any place of worship.

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Sep 2022/
Monday
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Flood of Tears

We have become inured to natural disasters–which seem to strike with ever increasing frequency. But the monster floods in Pakistan will set back the nation by decades–causing long-term damage that may be near-impossible to overcome.

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Sep 2022/
Sunday
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Travel for Good

Holiday season is upon us. Ditch the crowds and explore a more local and responsible side to popular destinations.

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Sep 2022/
Friday
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End of the Elizabethan Era

Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96—ending an astonishing 70-year reign. We take a look at her life—and what’s next for the Windsors.

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Sep 2022/
Thursday
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Please Worry, Darling

Olivia Wilde's new movie ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ has been caught in a series of controversies—mostly bizarre and entertaining. But the PR debacle also reveals the perils of using feminism to get ahead—and promote your personal brand. No, being a girlboss isn’t a good thing any more.

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Sep 2022/
Wednesday
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Gut Feelings

How does what we eat affect how we feel? A number of psychiatrists are now using food to help patients suffering from mental health disorders.

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Sep 2022/
Tuesday
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All Hail Queen Elizabeth!

Liz Truss beat Rishi Sunak to ascend the political throne of the UK—in a race that proved narrower than expected. We take a closer look at Truss—and why Sunak lost despite being the Tory golden boy.

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Sep 2022/
Monday
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Death of an Exile

Cyrus Mistry was killed in a car accident yesterday—putting an unhappy end to his long and bitter battle with the Tatas—where he once was chairman. Ratan Tata who anointed him as his heir to the corporate throne—and then unceremoniously kicked him out—has still not uttered a word of condolence.

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Sep 2022/
Friday
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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

We looked out our window and asked ourselves: Why the eff is it still raining this hard in September? The key factors at play: La Niña, Indian Ocean Dipole and marine heatwaves.

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Sep 2022/
Thursday
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Goodbye Gorbachev

The former Russian leader—who brought an end to the Cold War and the Soviet Union—died at the age of 91. We take a look back at a rare leader who changed the course of history—and whose legacy is all the more relevant now that another Cold War appears to be round the corner.

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