Thursday, February 17 2022

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Hindus, Sikhs and Christians have their religious symbols. I want to highlight the plurality and diversity that exists in our society. Why has the hijab only been chosen for this hostile discrimination? Is it not because of religion?... Should we prohibit turbans for Sikhs? Girls wear bangles also. Why is there this discrimination against poor Muslim girls?

That’s the former advocate general of Karnataka Ravi Varma Kumar arguing on behalf of Muslim students challenging the hijab ban in the High Court. While the case is being argued in courts, Karnataka colleges have shut out students wearing a hijab—even on campuses where there was never a prohibition against it. The justification is the High Court order prohibiting religious attire—but only in institutions with a uniform code. That critical part of the order appears to have been entirely ignored.


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at fraud of all kinds—in ‘organic’ labels and Olympic doping tests. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.

Big Story

RIP Bappi Lahiri: A tribute to the Indian king of disco

The TLDR: Unlike Lata Mangeshkar’s death, the media did not mark the demise of the flashy music director with fawning tributes—perhaps because he didn’t quite have the cultural cachet of the ‘voice of India’. So we decided to give Lahiri—a man who offered us the priceless gift of cheesy entertainment—the credit he deserves. 

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Headlines That Matter

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  • Bollywood enters the metaverse


Sanity Break

  • We love the quirky lyrics and sound of ‘Time Travelling Soul’ by Merak


I Recommend

  • Poet and artist Rohini Kejriwal of Alipore Post recommends things that make her life better


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