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Thursday, November 19 2020


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Apni halat dekho kuch lete kyun nahin? Self admittedly Suicidal ho, toxic ho, creepy looking bhi, aisi kaun si kami hai jo aap mein nahin? Mujhe gyan mat do mujhse gyan lo, change that hairstyle asap and learn to meditate.

(Look at your state. Why don’t you take something? You’re self-admittedly suicidal, toxic, and creepy-looking. Is there a shortcoming that you don’t possess. Take advice from me. Change that hairstyle asap and learn to meditate.)

That’s Kangana Ranaut launching an unprovoked and ugly attack on illustrator Priyanka Paul on Twitter. The trigger: Paul shared her struggle with anxiety and depression in response to a tweet asking people to raise awareness. Yup, that’s it. After it provoked fierce backlash, Ranaut tried to backtrack and bizarrely sent Paul “a hug.”


Editor’s note: Lots of people would call Ranaut’s behaviour “crazy” or “nuts”—using the very same words that are deployed to dismiss people living with mental health issues. Now, Ms Ranaut may indeed be dealing with such problems. But more accurately, she may have revealed herself to be a terrible human being. One has nothing to do with the other.

Big Story

A great uprising in Thailand

The TLDR: We Indians mainly view Thailand as a pleasant and cheap travel destination—to be referred to alongside giggly jokes about Bangkok. But the country is in the midst of unprecedented and widespread pro-democracy protests that challenge its increasingly authoritarian king. We explain what’s happening and why it matters.

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