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Friday, December 11 2020


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Everybody was surprised that I would make a statement like that. I am a Parsi but I was born and brought up in India. I am very much a part of it, as is anyone else. A friend once asked me, what is it to you, how does it matter to you? I said that I am a Hindustani first. Unfortunately, dancers have never been vocal. In my own way, I try to speak.

That’s the legendary dancer Astad Deboo explaining why he dedicated one of his performances to the students and faculty of Jawaharlal Nehru University back in January. Deboo—a brilliant contemporary artist who combined kathak and kathakali—died yesterday at the age of 73.

Big Story

An Indian disinformation network revealed

The TLDR: A Brussels-based non-profit organisation called EU Disinfo Lab has uncovered a global network of 750 fake news websites and fake NGOs operating across the world—all of them owned by a single Indian company. More importantly, a leading Indian news wire Asian News International (ANI) works closely with this network to amplify the disinformation.

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