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Friday, June 17 2022


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There’s no WeChat equivalent outside of China. You basically live on WeChat in China. If we can recreate that with Twitter, we’ll be a great success.

That’s Elon Musk sharing his vision on how he plans to remake Twitter—and help the company acquire a billion users. He was talking at an employee town hall—where he also cited TikTok’s algorithm—arguing Twitter has to make sure people are both entertained and informed. Taken in sum, Musk’s comments indicate that he will make sweeping changes—if he actually buys the company, that is.

 

Last chance to sign up: for our AMA with Ghazala Wahab! We are hosting a conversation with the author of ‘Born a Muslim: Some Truths About Islam in India’—which is a brilliant and nuanced exploration of what it means to be a Muslim in India today. Ghazala is also the co-founder of the national security and aerospace magazine FORCE—where she writes on terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and all forms of extremism, left and right. So get ready to ask her your questions this Saturday, June 18 at 5:30pm. Be sure to sign up for your slot here

 

PS: If you want to know more about Ghazala’s writing, check out the review of her book in The Hindu and Business Standard, interview in The Telegraph—and her take on the hijab row in Mint.

 

​​Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the team looks at the controversy surrounding the military’s Agniveer program—and the heated debate over making AI more “human.” Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it. 


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Big Story

Ethical investing: So you wanna invest in an ESG fund…

The TLDR: The rise of the conscious investor has been mirrored in the popularity of ESG funds—that invest in companies with good environmental, social and governance practices. But is this really about doing good—or minimising risk? And do these ratings have any value at all—given that their criteria have become increasingly controversial?


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Agnipath starts a firestorm of protests
  • New and damning evidence in Bhima Koregaon case
  • New Omicron sub-variants are not mild
  • Bubonic plague mystery solved
  • Wanna take a Netflix walking tour?
  • The first car equipped with solar panels
  • Ryan Gosling as Ken doll
  • The eccentricities of the British upper class

 

Sanity Break

  • The earliest photos of Indian tigers in the wild

 

Weekend Advisory

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

 

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