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Friday, December 4 2020


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But whether we win or lose the case, it has meaning. If we lose, it allows the questions we raised at least to remain in history. Someone will have to give us an answer.

That’s Zhou Xiaoxuan who is taking a powerful TV host Zhu Jin to court for sexual harassment in a landmark case. The charge: he forcibly groped and kissed her when she was an intern on his celebrity chat show. This is exceptionally brave and rare in a society where sexual harassment is unmentionable—and government investigators almost always side with the accused. And her cause has drawn determined supporters despite the authorities efforts to drive them away.

Big Story

The government blinks first in farm battle

The TLDR: Over the course of a six-hour meeting, the government indicated that it is ready to make a series of key concessions—except on the matter of price. The farmers aren’t satisfied, but both sides are now striking a remarkably cordial tone—which offers some hope for an agreement. However, the differences remain stark.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Trump goes off the rails
  • Rajinikanth has entered politics, finally!
  • India has pre-booked the most number of Covid vaccine doses
  • RBI calls out HDFC’s digital disaster
  • An IPL team for Adani?

 

Weekend Advisory

  • How domestic violence is often glossed over in our tributes to great men
  • The pleasures of graphic novels in a time of great anxiety
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