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Friday, April 1 2022


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Karnataka has always forged inclusive economic development and we must not allow such communal exclusion—If ITBT (information technology and bio-technology) became communal it would destroy our global leadership. @BSBommai please resolve this growing religious divide.

That’s Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw appealing directly to the Karnataka Chief Minister—and expressing alarm at growing religious polarisation in the state. It marks one of the rare (even first?) statements made by a corporate leader on the rise of anti-Muslim hate.

 

Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at the Will Smith ‘thappad’ through an Indian lens—which has been missing in the popular debate—including how the protector role plays out in politics. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.


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The long road to an IPL league for women

The TLDR: The Indian cricket board has finally signalled that it will move ahead on its plan for an Indian Premier League tournament for women—after dragging its feet for years. We thought it a perfect excuse to revisit the history of women’s cricket in India—and the stepchild treatment it continues to receive even in the 21st century.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • The Thappad: An update
  • Excess Covid deaths controversy
  • AI-generated faces invade LinkedIn
  • NASA spots a very distant star
  • GoT prequel is coming!

 

Sanity Break

  • Hasan Minhaj on ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon’

 

Weekend Advisory

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

 

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