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Monday, December 14 2020


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Out of the secret world I once knew I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I’m sitting now.

That’s the legendary spy novelist John Le Carré describing his work. He died late Sunday night at the age of 89. We will always be grateful to the man who gave us Smiley.

Big Story

A new Facebook India controversy

The TLDR: A Wall Street investigation shows that the company may have refused to ban Bajrang Dal—even though it qualified as a ‘dangerous organisation’ under its rules—because it was afraid for the safety of its India offices and staff. This revelation comes on the heels of a previous WSJ scoop that showed its then policy chief Ankhi Das intervened to protect other Hindutva groups, claiming it would hurt Facebook’s interests in the country. We explain what happened—and place it in the broader context of Facebook’s big bet on Reliance and the Indian market.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Workers riot at iPhone factory
  • A smear campaign against farmers
  • Why Tamil Nadu may get more vaccine doses than Bihar
  • A ‘love jihad’ tragedy in UP
  • A $300,000 painting is trashed, literally

 

Smart & Curious

  • A must-read story on the toxic implosion of Johnny Depp
  • Men in their 30s and 40s are opting to become ‘sugar daddies’
  • How film sets in India are trying to stay safe
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