Tuesday, April 13 2021

Dive In

For years, I tried to live in the comforting fiction that what was happening in India and what was happening in the world of tech were separate things—but that isn't true anymore… Writing about technology from India now feels like having a front-row seat to the country’s rapid slide into authoritarianism. ‘It’s like watching a train wreck while you’re inside the train,’ I Slacked my boss in November.

That’s from a poignant essay penned by Buzzfeed News’ technology reporter Pranav Dixit on the impossibility of separating politics from journalism, and the toll it has taken on his mental health—and view of his own country.

Big Story

Editor’s note: FYI, we do have a news-driven big story today—on the Kumbh Mela. It’s the second lead story after the Bhaskars.


And the Bhaskar nominees are…

The TLDR: The nomination round is done, and the final list of contenders is complete. You can vote here! And the lucky winners will be getting a Bhaskar of their very own, come April 24 when we announce the top honours. 


Wtf is going on with the Kumbh Mela?

The TLDR: In the middle of a giant second wave, we are witnessing a potential super-duper spreader event unfold—and no one is doing anything about it.


In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Israel’s big sabotage strike
  • A flood of data leaks
  • Baftas were a blast
  • Wait, is that a UFO?
  • Stuffy noses are bad news


A list of curious facts

  • Is it human nature to ‘add’ rather than ‘subtract’ to fix a problem?
  • What is ‘superfetation’?

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