Wednesday, March 23 2022

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The film is a moving and powerful document, but its presentation of Khabar Lahariya as an organisation with a particular and consuming focus of reporting on one party and the mobilisation around this, is inaccurate. We recognise the prerogative of independent filmmakers to present the story that they choose to, but we would like to say that this eclipses the kind of work and the kind of local journalism we have done for twenty years, the reason we are different from other mainstream media of our times. It is a story which captures a part of ours, and part stories have a way of distorting the whole sometimes.

That’s the statement put out by the grassroots news organisation Khabar Lahariya—in response to an Oscar-nominated documentary on their work titled ‘Writing With Fire’. In response, filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh said: “Khabar Lahariya’s statement is an acknowledgement of the fractured and complex times we are in. While their statement is deeply disappointing to us, we remain committed supporters of their mission, work and onward journey.” You can read Khabar Lahariya’s statement and the filmmakers’ response here.

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Big Story

The big plan to bring cheetahs to India

The TLDR: The government is planning to relocate 50 African cheetahs to wildlife sanctuaries—in a valiant attempt to revive a species that has long been extinct in India. Conservationists are unhappy for a variety of reasons—as are locals who live close to these reserves.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • A common entrance test for college
  • A first trickle of Sri Lankan refugees
  • Rich Indians are getting stingier
  • Facebook still awful on hate speech
  • “Prolonged grief” is a disorder
  • Pigs' emotions can be decoded from the noises they make
  • Roundworms can help detect lung cancer
  • Poverty wages for Indian crew
  • A new dating app for single parents


Sanity Break

  • Pusha T X Arby’s diss track that takes on McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish


A list of curious facts

  • Have you heard about the millionaire nuns of St Clare?
  • The New York University now offers a course on Taylor Swift
  • India’s first woman pilot who earned an aviation pilot license back in 1936 
  • The world’s largest bacteria


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