Jun 2022

Jun 2022/
Thursday
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Fashionably Bad

This week, global fashion giants announced that they will review a key ranking system widely used to measure the sustainability of their clothes—after its metrics were revealed to be dubious. We look at how the word ‘sustainable’ has become almost meaningless in the industry—which is the second biggest polluter in the world after oil.

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Jun 2022/
Wednesday
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Rights? What Rights?

After the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to have an abortion, there was much self-congratulation on Indian social media. But the reality is that our laws are not all that liberal—and they offer little protection or access for many Indian women.

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Jun 2022/
Tuesday
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Arresting Development

Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of the fact-checking website Alt News was arrested on charges of hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity—for a 2018 tweet that references an old Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie. It marks a rare escalation against an English-language news site and journalist—who are typically charged but almost never thrown in jail.

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Jun 2022/
Monday
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Reversals of Fortune

The Supreme Court decision has created two Americas—one where abortion is still legal and the other where it is a crime. The battle now shifts to the polling booth—with the midterm elections in November. If Republicans gain control of Congress, American women may lose even more reproductive rights.

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Jun 2022/
Sunday
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Queering Our Bookshelves!

Champaca Books, the Bangalore-based independent bookstore, brings you reading recommendations from our shelves. Some fantastic queer themed books from our shelves, read our favourite book of the month, and discover books that experiment with the form of a novel.

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Jun 2022/
Friday
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She Represents!

The BJP’s historic choice of a presidential candidate from the Santhal tribal community has pretty much sealed Droupadi Murmu's nomination. We look at her life and career—and why the party picked her.

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Jun 2022/
Thursday
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A Maha Melodrama

All eyes are locked on Maharashtra—where Eknath Shinde is set to topple the powerful Thackeray family, and end their dominion over the Shiv Sena. Who is this guy and will he succeed?

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Jun 2022/
Wednesday
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A Taste for the Exotic

The discovery of kangaroos in Bengal revealed an unexpected side to the problem of illegal wildlife trade—a growing interest in exotic animals that are imported into the country. And it isn’t just kangaroos.

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Jun 2022/
Tuesday
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A Macron-sized Muddle

Just months after being reelected as president, Macron has lost his ruling majority in the parliament—robbing him of legislative power. The effects of his loss, however, will have a wider impact on EU support for the Ukraine war—which may well be eroded as member nations grapple with more pressing issues at home

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Jun 2022/
Monday
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The (Agni)Path of Anger

The rage over the new military scheme refuses to die—even as the government digs in. We lay out why so many young men are angry—and why some experts think giving in to their demands would be a mistake.

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Jun 2022/
Sunday
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Climb Every Mountain

Meet Nicholas Roerich—a Russian painter who came to India in search of a magic kingdom—but discovered the greater magic of the Himalayas. The mountains have never been this beautiful.

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Jun 2022/
Friday
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Good Money

The rise of the conscious investor has been mirrored in the popularity of ESG funds—that invest in companies with good environmental, social and governance practices. But is this really about doing good—or minimising risk? And do these ratings have any value at all—given that their criteria have become increasingly controversial?

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Jun 2022/
Thursday
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Machhar Begone!

Since we don’t have a big headline to explain today, we decided to take a look at the powerful weapon being used to wipe out the most lethal mosquitoes: Genetic engineering. Can we eradicate the nastiest machhars on the planet? More importantly, should we?

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Jun 2022/
Wednesday
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The Four-Year Jawan

The government unveiled a radical new scheme to recruit young men and women to the armed forces. These ‘Agniveers’ will be retained for just four years—and then let go. It will entirely disrupt traditional military norms—which makes some critics worry.

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Jun 2022/
Tuesday
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President, My President

We tend to obsess over parliamentary and state elections—but pay very little attention to how the president of our country is selected. The process is convoluted—involving serious math—and often marked by great political drama. So get the popcorn ready for the presidential election slated for July 18.

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Jun 2022/
Monday
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I, Machine

LaMDA is a chatbot generator—and one of Google’s engineers became convinced it is “sentient.” The company disagreed and placed him on leave. He went public, sparking a big debate over the ethics of artificial intelligence.

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Jun 2022/
Sunday
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Rain, Rain, come again

We’re reclaiming the monsoon. No destination is off-limits during the rains, if you know how to plan for it.

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Jun 2022/
Friday
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State of Terror

A series of targeted killings in Kashmir have created a climate of terror. Many Hindus—not just Pandits but also Dalits—want to flee the state. But the government will neither allow them to leave—nor can it ensure their safety.

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Jun 2022/
Thursday
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Farewell, Queen

Mithali Raj, the captain of the Indian team unexpectedly announced the end of her 23-year career—which is longer than even that of Sachin Tendulkar. Apart from her prodigious talent and achievements on the field, she also carried the greater burden of ensuring the survival of women’s cricket in India—which has long been neglected and dismissed.

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Jun 2022/
Wednesday
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Hyderabad Horror Show

A 17-year-old was gang-raped by a group of school boys inside a Mercedes Benz in the upmarket neighborhood of Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad. The case has turned into a political horror show—thanks to the involvement of an MLA’s son.

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Jun 2022/
Tuesday
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The Survivor

The UK Prime Minister survived a no-confidence vote from his Tory party—by just 31 votes. The result is a potentially lame duck Johnson—holding onto power while his colleagues plan their next offensive. Maybe on the cards: A big return to Thatcher-era politics?

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Jun 2022/
Monday
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Insult & Injury

BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma made hateful remarks about the Prophet Muhammad and Islam during a TV debate. Nearly a week later, these caught the attention of India’s key partners in the Middle East—sparking official condemnation. The party has now suspended Sharma and its Delhi media chief Naveen Jindal—and issued a detailed clarification, describing them as “fringe elements.” We look at what happened and why.

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Jun 2022/
Thursday
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Bye, Bye Songbird

The sudden death of playback singer Krishnakumar Kunnath because of a heart attack evoked a flood of tributes from grief-stricken fans. But few of us knew much about this modest man who deliberately steered free of Bollywood’s glitzy allure. Here’s a tribute to his far-too-brief life.

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Jun 2022/
Wednesday
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Oh Happy, Happy Day!

We don’t really have a big story that needs explaining today—and think our birthday is the perfect time to share who we are—what we aim to do—and why you’re paying for this damn sub.

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