Tuesday, August 23 2022

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Anthropologically, scientifically… please look at the origins of our gods. No god is a Brahmin. The highest is a Kshatriya. Lord Shiva must be a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe. Because he sits in a cemetery with a snake… they have given him very little clothes also to wear. I don’t think Brahmins can sit in the cemetery. So if you see, clearly, the gods anthropologically do not come from the upper caste. Including Lakshmi, Shakti, all the gods. Or if you take Jagannath, very much a tribal. So, why are we still continuing with this discrimination, which is very, very unhuman.

That’s what the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit said in a keynote speech at an event organised by the government. She also claimed that according to the Manusmriti, all women are “shudras”—which is “extraordinarily regressive.” Appointed in February as JNU’s first female VC, Pandit has been taking a different line in a campus rocked by violence in recent years. You can read a lengthier interview with her here. Or you can read why The Wire is unhappy with her appointment.


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Big Story

The IPL effect: The era of Indian global domination 

The TLDR: The insane success of the Indian Premier League has inspired the creation of a number of copycat tournaments around the world—with most teams owned by Indian owners. But is this good for the sport?

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Headlines That Matter

  • An important note for splainer subscribers 
  • Good news for Indian football
  • This is what will give you cancer
  • Musk vs Twitter gets nasty…for others
  • China reopens doors for Indian students
  • Say hello to amazing 'artificial leaves' 
  • Will Smith’s plummeting popularity 
  • Mt Kilimanjaro is now selfie-friendly
  • Jadavpur U gets creative


Sanity Break

  • Masaka kids' cover of 'As It Was' by Harry Styles


A list of intriguing things

  • A crazy-sized moth spotted in Washington state
  • A new pop-up to "help cat owners understand how their cats experience food"
  • Exquisite photographic prints made with sunlight on leaf pigments


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