Mar 2022

Mar 2022/
Thursday
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Electric Dreams

Both the government and India Inc have been tomtomming the big shift to electric vehicles for years. But progress seems to be incredibly slow—and recently marked by worrying accidents. What’s going on with the so-called EV boom?

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Mar 2022/
Wednesday
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The Protector

Despite our best efforts, we have surrendered to the inevitability of doing a Big Story on the ‘thappad’. Here’s a roundup of the latest developments and all the hot takes on race and gender. More importantly, we take a closer look at the idea of using violence to “protect women”—which is all too familiar to Indian women.

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Mar 2022/
Tuesday
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The STEM of All Problems

The police arrested a student accused of raping a Dalit PhD scholar at IIT-Madras—after dragging their feet for a year. But this is just the tip of a monstrous iceberg—and, importantly, the survivors include male students, as well.

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Mar 2022/
Monday
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A Great Wave of Courage

Though ‘Writing With Fire’ failed to win the Oscar today, it catapulted a grassroots news organisation to the global stage. But what is Khabar Lahariya, how do its reporters work—and why are they unhappy with the film that brought them international fame?

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Mar 2022/
Sunday
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The Precarious Math of Polling

Why do we have election polls at all? How does a polling company craft and execute an accurate survey? Why do some succeed while others fail? Also: how do we define ‘accuracy’? The answers to these common-sense questions may surprise you.

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Mar 2022/
Saturday
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Women, and The Wars Within

Champaca Books, the Bangalore-based independent bookstore, brings you reading recommendations from our shelves. Explore books by and about women, and new perspectives on war and conflict.

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Mar 2022/
Friday
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Hero to Zero?

The Pakistani prime minister faces a no-confidence motion in Parliament today—which he is most likely to lose. But the justification offered by the Opposition—economic mismanagement—has little to do with the ignominious end of his tenure. The real reason: The Pakistan military is tired of their Khan experiment and is looking for a way to dump him.

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Mar 2022/
Thursday
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Going For Broke… Literally

There are riots at petrol stations, severe food shortages and inflation—and the first economic refugees are beginning to trickle into Tamil Nadu. WTF is going on in Sri Lanka?

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Mar 2022/
Wednesday
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Cheetah, Cheetah, Burning Bright!

The government is planning to relocate 50 African cheetahs to wildlife sanctuaries—in a valiant attempt to revive a species that has long been extinct in India. Conservationists are unhappy for a variety of reasons—as are locals who live close to these reserves.

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Mar 2022/
Tuesday
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Road to Exile

In the final instalment of this series, we map the flight of the Pandits from the Valley—and its fallout.

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Mar 2022/
Monday
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Valley of Tears

What led to the great exodus of Kashmiri pandits from the Valley in 1990? How was a minority driven out of their homes, and left stranded in exile?

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Mar 2022/
Thursday
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Risky Business of Books

We look at why it is hard to make money selling books in India.

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Mar 2022/
Wednesday
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Ruling (Un)Veiled

The Karnataka High Court finally delivered its verdict on the petitions challenging the ban on hijabs imposed by educational institutions in the state. The ruling upholding the ban has been widely questioned for its dubious interpretation of core constitutional rights—which will now be tested by an appeal filed with the Supreme Court.

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Mar 2022/
Tuesday
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Somebody Buy This Book!

Since there is no big headline today, we decided to take a look at the business of selling books. With the shuttering of Westland and stories of award-winning Hindi novelists being paid a pittance, there is a growing sense that all is not well in the industry. Is this something new or do the problems run deeper?

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Mar 2022/
Monday
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(Mis)Guided Missile

India “accidentally” fired a supersonic missile into Pakistani territory on March 9. New Delhi took more than 24 hours to acknowledge the mistake and apologise—but did not share a single detail on why this happened or what went wrong.

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Mar 2022/
Friday
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Losing, Losing, Lost!

The outcome of the five state elections offered reassurance to the BJP, an outsized victory to the Aam Aadmi Party and an unmitigated debacle to Congress. It also marked the definitive end to hopes that either the Gandhis or their party would redeem themselves.

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Mar 2022/
Thursday
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The Price of Everything

An increasingly isolated Russia bombed a maternity hospital—revealing that the sanctions have done little to blunt President Putin’s will to seize Ukraine. Perhaps because he knows Russia’s pain will soon be felt by the rest of the world. Skyrocketing oil prices threaten the recovery of fragile post-pandemic economies, especially India—which may become collateral damage in a war it prefers would just go away.

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Mar 2022/
Wednesday
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Love, Sex & Dhoka

There has been plenty of ink spilt on the spectacular fall of the biotech startup Theranos. But the court case that convicted founder Elizabeth Holmes also uncovered her bizarre and dysfunctional relationship with an Indian man: Sunny Balwani. For a change of pace, we look at this unlikely romance that lies at the heart of Silicon Valley’s biggest scam.

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Mar 2022/
Tuesday
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Reading the Numbers

Exit polls are notoriously unreliable and yet they never lose their allure. And here’s what the latest batch suggests: BJP will prevail in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur, AAP will sweep Punjab—while Goa and Uttarakhand remain a close tie.

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Mar 2022/
Monday
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King of Spin

The shocking death of the 52-year-old cricketing legend has raised many questions. But none doubt his incredible legacy and larger-than-life personality—well, except maybe Sunil Gavaskar. We briefly chart the very eventful life of Warnie, warts and all—just as he would have wanted it.

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Mar 2022/
Friday
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Relationship Drama

Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia offered hope to civilians—even as the Russian advance in the south continued, raising concerns about a nuclear reactor. Meanwhile, New Delhi and Washington scrambled to reconcile their differences—amid diplomatic confusion caused by a leaked cable.

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Mar 2022/
Thursday
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The Great Indian Tightrope Trick

The UN General Assembly passed a historic resolution condemning the invasion—while Russians seized the first major city in the south. As everyone braces for a far bloodier phase of the war, we look at India’s unenviable choices as it watches from the sidelines.

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Mar 2022/
Wednesday
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Putin Paradox

The Russian attack grew more fierce, targeting civilian areas with more powerful weapons. Worries are rising about how far President Putin will go to win this war—and everyone is still trying to figure out his endgame.

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Mar 2022/
Tuesday
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Rouble Trouble

Unfortunately, this is the only big story in the world today. We look at the state of the invasion, peace talks and the Russian economy.

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