Wednesday, November 4 2020

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All the four options pertained to Hindu religion. It is clear that the motive behind this question was to hurt the sentiments of Hindus… This question spreads the message that Hindu religious scriptures are meant for burning and triggers enmity between Hindus and followers of Buddhism.

That’s a BJP legislator who has registered an FIR against Amitabh Bachchan for asking the ‘wrong’ question on ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. The question: On 25th December 1927, Dr B R Ambedkar and his followers burned copies of which scripture? The options: (A) Vishnu Purana (B) Bhagavad Gita, (C) Rigved and (D) Manusmriti. Big B later offered the answer: “In 1927, Ambedkar condemned the ancient Hindu text Manusmriti to ideologically justify caste discrimination and untouchability and burned its copies.” Is there anything more offensive than a plain true fact?

Big Story

America votes, world holds breath

ICYMI: We did a big-ass explainer on Monday that has all the context you need to keep up with today’s developments.


The TLDR: Here’s where the count is right before we hit ‘publish’ on this edition. Joe Biden: 209. Donald Trump: 112. The total number of electoral college votes needed to win: 270. Number of states remaining: 22. Both candidates have mostly scored the easy wins in their traditional strongholds. 


The voting: has closed—having gone smoothly contrary to expectations—and the counting has begun. 


The favourite right now

Joe Biden is still expected to win.


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