When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough women on the supreme court? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.
That’s US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away on 18 September after a long struggle with cancer. The Notorious RBG was greatly loved and admired as a feminist icon, formidable legal mind and staunch defender of constitiutional rights. Her death—just months before the presidential election—has already unleashed a political war. The Republicans in Congress are determined to replace her with a conservative judge—either before the election, or in the ‘lame duck’ period before the newly-elected members of Congress are sworn into office in early 2021. Illustration: Parth Savla
The puzzling arrest of a Delhi journalist
The TLDR: Over the weekend, the Delhi police arrested Rajeev Sharma—a freelance columnist—for spying on behalf of China. Also in the mix: his alleged handlers, a Chinese woman named Qing Shi and her Nepali husband Sher Singh. But the surprise arrest of a not-very-noteworthy journalist—who boasted about his connection to National Security Adviser Ajit Doval—raised more questions than it answered.
Who is this guy?
Sharma wrote a bunch of columns on foreign policy and national security for a variety of Indian publications including Firstpost, United News of India and The Tribune. Between 2010 and 2014, he was a regular contributor for Global Times—which is a mouthpiece of the Chinese government. There’s nothing exceptional or noteworthy in the views expressed in these articles. (Full Disclosure: Splainer founder Lakshmi Chaudhry was his editor at Firstpost and remembers him as an India hawk who was highly supportive of the Modi government.)
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