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Thursday, April 21 2022


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Today he told me—'I have become a pucca Gujarati. Have you decided a name for me?' So I will call him Tulsibhai as a Gujarati. Tulsi is a plant that modern generations are forgetting. Generations have worshipped Tulsi. You can also use the Tulsi plant in marriage. So now you are with us.

That’s Prime Minister Modi sharing an anecdote about his “good friend” WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus—who was in Gujarat with him to inaugurate the Global AYUSH Investment and Innovation Summit. We presume they did not discuss Covid death numbers

 

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Big Story

Chronology samajhiye: A guide to bulldozer politics

The TLDR: Civic officials razed shops and houses in Muslim neighbourhoods in Delhi—despite a Supreme Court order. It is part of a new pattern that has emerged over the past month. First, there is a religious procession, then a riot—followed by arrests and, inevitably, a demolition drive. Is this punishment-by-bulldozer even legal?

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Covid numbers tick up in India
  • Julian Assange is headed for the US
  • TATA Neu has a privacy problem
  • A breakthrough on prostate cancer
  • Coastal cities are sinking!
  • NASA’s moon rocket is in trouble
  • Koo outdoes Twitter

 

Sanity Break

  • A cigarette ad featuring Gauhar Jahan—the first Indian singer to record on the gramophone

 

I Recommend

  • Screenwriter and poet Karuna Ezara Parikh offers unique 'literary' recommendations

 

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