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Tuesday, December 8 2020


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There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity, maybe it’s a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews. I mean, there’s always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere; even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason.

That’s what Roald Dahl told a British newspaper back in 1983. Yes, the beloved author whose books brightened many a childhood was a terrible anti-Semite. And now his family has issued an apology on his behalf: “Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand in marked contrast to the man we knew and to the values at the heart of Roald Dahl's stories, which have positively impacted young people for generations. We hope that, just as he did at his best, at his absolute worst, Roald Dahl can help remind us of the lasting impact of words.”

Big Story

A religious war on love

The TLDR: Almost each day brings a new case of so-called ‘love jihad’ in Uttar Pradesh—which has become ground zero for a militant Hindutva campaign to stamp out interfaith marriages. But these new laws are just the latest iteration in a long history of anti-conversion fear mongering that spans parties and states—and dates back to pre-Independence India.

 

First, what’s happening in UP?

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The great carnage of koalas
  • Pandemic is turning us into binge-eaters
  • Monolith saga continues, ad nauseam
  • A ‘reverse Titanic’ in the making
  • Wanna trade gold or water?

 

Smart and Curious

  • The history of Western women’s underwear
  • The mesmerising video of an egg turning into a larva and finally a bee
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