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Tuesday, March 16 2021


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Her diversity should have been celebrated but instead of that she was cyberbullied to the point that she had to resign and even the Hindu religious beliefs of her parents were publicly attacked by a faculty member and that also went unpunished. If this is the kind of treatment that happens at the highest institute like Oxford what is the message that goes out to the world?

That’s BJP MP Ashwini Vaishnav asking the External Affairs Minister what he plans to do about Rashmi Samant—who was forced to resign from her post as president of the Oxford Student’s Union because of her previous “insensitive” and “racist” remarks against Jews, transgender people and Chinese.  Jaishankar’s response: "As land of Mahatma Gandhi, we can never ever turn our eyes away from racism… We will monitor these developments very very closely. We will raise it when required and we will always champion the fight against racism and other forms of intolerance." Alright then.

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A monster sandstorm in China

The TLDR: The largest and strongest dust storm in a decade swept across northern China—shrouding Beijing in sand, turning its skies orange, and sending air pollution levels off the charts. Why this matters: the root cause is desertification which is as much of a danger in India—where a quarter of our land has turned to sand.

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