Thursday, May 19 2022

Dive In


When I met top leaders, they seemed distracted by their mobile phones and other issues as opposed to listening to issues concerning Gujarat. Senior leaders in Gujarat are more interested in ensuring that visiting leaders get their chicken sandwiches than engaging with people during yatras.

That’s what prominent Gujarat leader Hardik Patel wrote in a letter quitting the Congress party—just ahead of the state elections. Patel also accused the Congress of hating “Gujarat and Gujaratis”, calling it a party that has been more into “virodh” (oppositional politics) than providing a “vikalp” (alternative). And he took a direct jab at Rahul Gandhi: "Our leader was abroad when he was needed in India during critical times.” Patel led the highly successful movement of the Patidar community against the BJP state government—and his entry into the Congress had been viewed as a political win. This most certainly is not. For more context, read our Big Story on the Gujarat election.


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Big Story

The curious tale of a grand United Nations fraud

The TLDR: This is a very odd story about how a UN agency gave over $60 million to a British businessman and his daughter. It involves a socialite party in Manhattan, a pop song—and missing houses in Goa.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Rajiv Gandhi assassination: Convict set free
  • Pollution's a deadly killer in India
  • Twitter has a spam problem
  • Mastercard goes high-tech
  • Pugs can no longer be considered “typical dogs”
  • Nawazuddin in US indie


Sanity Break

  • The perfect throwback Thursday: A Mohammed Rafi performance


I Recommend

  • Shunali Khullar Shroff suggests a few good things to perk up our lives


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