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Friday, February 5 2021


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I am become meme, Destroyer of shorts.

That’s Elon Musk riffing on one of the most famous lines of the Bhagavad Gita: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”—which was famously uttered by Robert Oppenheimer as he witnessed the first ever atomic bomb explosion. Musk tweeted this in support of a bunch of Redditors waging war on hedge funds… which would be the modern (and sad) version of the Mahabharata.

Big Story

Who’s afraid of Vladimir Putin?

The TLDR: Tens of thousands of Russians have taken to the streets to protest the arrest of Opposition leader Alexei Navalny. There have been plenty of protests in Russia before, and the Russian president has put them down with ease. But this time around, Putin is worried—and for good reason.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Greta Thunberg’s tweet spawns investigation
  • Sharapova receives unexpected Malayali love
  • Call for an Olympics boycott
  • The Congress party is losing donors

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Spiritual lessons from the classic movie ‘Groundhog Day'
  • The murkiest side of Bangladeshi politics
  • Meet Zarina—an adventurous Bengali woman who was once a hat model
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