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Thursday, January 7 2021


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You will not harass. I will put sexual harassment case against you... You are [a] total liar and scoundrel....half the time you are drunk and you get the drunk people to harass the women. Now I will put the women molestation (sic) case against you.

That’s BJP MP Maneka Gandhi threatening a Bangalore businessman—who attacked a dog with a cricket bat because it bit his daughter. This in turn led to an altercation with his neighbours who appear to have turned to her for assistance. The recording of her phone call went viral, and the police has charged everyone involved—except Maneka, of course. No, there are no heroes here. Just an excellent example of how politics works in India.

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The great unraveling in Washington

The TLDR: What in other years would have been a standard rite of passage—the certification of the electoral vote by Congress—turned into an unprecedented scene of mob violence. Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building (the equivalent of our Parliament House), and raged through its hallways—as Congress members and staff fled or hid to save themselves. The words of the day: insurrection, sedition, terrorists, rioters. Yes, US democracy suffered grave damage, but so has the Trump brand.

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