Friday, July 29 2022

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That’s how Congress Lok Sabha member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury described President Draupadi Murmu—in what seems to be a classic moment of Bengali confusion over gender-use in Hindi (see the clip here). As the video went viral, there was great uproar in Parliament—in the midst of which Sonia Gandhi told Union Minister Smriti Irani: “I don’t want to talk to you.” An ugly war of words ensued—with the kind of shrill hysteria that makes all of us despair for the future of this country. The National Commission of Women has issued a notice to Chowdhury—and an FIR has been filed against him in Madhya Pradesh. 


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Big Story

Ready to ‘check’ and ‘mate’: India’s first chess Olympiad

The TLDR: The World Chess Olympiad kicks off today in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu—a historic occasion that marks our first outing as hosts. Even better news: India has an excellent chance of scoring a medal this year. We’ve put together a colourful guide to the tournament touted as the ‘Olympics’ of chess.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Jack Ma heads for the door
  • Meta's first-ever decline in revenue
  • Dunzo threatens delivery partners who act up
  • A shocking prison rape case in Indiana
  • Chinese rocket is plummeting down
  • An alarming report on long Covid
  • Dogs know when you’re being mean


Sanity Break

  • Nigerian singer Tems’ haunting rendition of ‘No Woman, No Cry’


Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads


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