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Tuesday, March 23 2021


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She has come to Oxford from Karnataka, which is a bastion of Islamaphobic far right forces… Far right desi forces… want to reinstate sanatan Hindutva culture… Oxford students are still not ready for ‘Sanatani’ president.

That’s an Instagram post shared by Dr Abhijit Sarkar, a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford University—taking aim at Rashmi Samant, who was ousted as president of the Oxford Student’s Union for past anti-Asian remarks on social media. Her cause has been taken up by both BJP MPs and Hindu organisations in the UK—who claim she is being targeted for being a Hindu. And the global Hindu Federation has now filed a police complaint against Sarkar accusing him of inciting religious hatred and bullying. The UK police has opened an investigation.

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India’s surging ‘R’ number

The TLDR: The number of Covid cases are surging, and both the government and experts are warning of a second wave. Now all attention is focused on that dreaded ‘R’ or reproduction number—which often determines whether or not we go back into a lockdown. But what is this number, and why does it matter?

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