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Friday, October 9 2020


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A child draws the outline of a body.
She draws what she can, but it is white all through,
she cannot fill in what she knows is there.
Within the unsupported line, she knows
that life is missing; she has cut
one background from another. Like a child,
she turns to her mother.

And you draw the heart
against the emptiness she has created.

This is ‘Portrait’ by American poet Louise Glück who has won the Nobel prize for literature for “her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal." She is the 16th woman to win the honour.

Big Story

Republic TV’s maha ratings row

The TLDR: The Mumbai police opened a new—and unexpected—front in its ongoing war with Arnab Goswami. They have filed an FIR charging Republic TV and two Marathi channels—Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema—of manipulating their ratings. Owners of the two Marathi channels have been arrested, and the police commissioner has promised to move against Republic as well: “We will examine directors, promoters, employees, those who look after advertising, distribution and funding of Republic TV."

 

Arnab variously threatened a defamation suit against the Mumbai police, pointed his finger at India Today, and begged his audience to stand by him in the need of the hour.

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In today’s edition

Headlines that Matter

  • Amazon challenges Reliance deal
  • The presidential debate that may never happen
  • A flurry of bad India data
  • A feel-good Delhi story
  • Insta doesn’t like our explainers

 

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