Friday, April 22 2022

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who considers Godse as his god, is going on a Gujarat tour from April 20. I appeal to him that he should appeal for calm in Himmat Nagar, Khambat and Veraval where communal violence broke out. Can we at least hope for this much from the maker of the grand temple.

That’s what Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani said in a tweet—which has now been blocked in India and led to his arrest. The Dalit activist was arrested based on an FIR filed in Assam by a BJP leader. The complaint: Mevani’s tweet “has the propensity to disturb public tranquillity, prejudicial to maintenance of harmony among a certain section of people.” The Assam police arrived without giving any warning to local law enforcement—or heads up to Mevani. He was flown to Assam where he was denied bail—and has been sent to three days in police custody.


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Big Story

Demolition derby: What happened and what’s next

The TLDR: The Supreme Court heard petitions challenging the demolition drive in Jahangirpuri yesterday—and offered temporary relief to its residents. But the case may end up being determined not by the intent or target of the drive, but the rules governing illegal construction in Delhi.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Electricity cuts are coming
  • Is intermittent fasting all hype?
  • A warning against common prenatal blood tests
  • Sheryl Sandberg in trouble?
  • CNN+ is cancelled
  • Study warns of insect apocalypse
  • Man U gets a new coach


Sanity Break

  • What happens when you put your face on every Indian’s vaccine certificate...


Weekend Advisory

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


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