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Thursday, October 1 2020


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I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

On the eve of his 151st birth anniversary—in a world where enraged nationalism, casual brutality and knee-jerk hatred have become a virtue—Gandhi-ji’s words ring more true than ever. Happy Gandhi Jayanti. 


Psst from the editor: We will be celebrating Bapu-ji’s birthday by taking the day off from publishing tomorrow. We will be back bright and early on Monday. We wish you all a restful and loving long weekend!

Big Story

The horror that is Hathras

The TLDR: Social media outrage. Nationwide protests. Raging TV coverage and news headlines. But none of it made the slightest difference to the police who forcibly cremated the gangrape victim in the middle of the night—locking her family into their home. Why this brazen indifference? The answer: The victim was Dalit. And her state: Uttar Pradesh.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A big India Covid study
  • Babri Masjid accused go scot-free
  • The ugly-ass presidential debate
  • In China’s crosshairs: Google
  • Plants are going extinct

 

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  • Rega Jha's guilty pleasure
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