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Tuesday, May 10 2022


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[Y]ou are fighting for our motherland, its future, so that nobody forgets the lessons of World War II, so that there is no place in the world for torturers, death squads and Nazis.

That’s what Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his Victory Day speech—which, however, did not contain any formal announcement of war—contrary to what was widely expected. In his video response to Putin, Ukrainian President Zelensky quipped: “Very soon there will be two Victory Days in Ukraine. And someone won’t have any.”


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Big Story

The language wars over Hindi: Part 1

The TLDR: In recent weeks, there has been great social media sparring over Hindi—and claims that it is our national language. What is the root of this stubborn hostility to Hindi? What did our founding fathers intend, and where are we now? In this first part, we look at the history of our linguistic legacy—in the formation of the states and the framing of the Constitution.


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Sri Lanka PM Rajapaksa resigns
  • The Philippines has a new President
  • Bulldozer politics: The Shaheen Bagh edition
  • A UK row over a Punjab arrest
  • IndiGo’s tone deaf apology
  • Wrong trees in the wrong places 
  • The "right to nap" at work
  • Fred Savage fired for misconduct

 

Sanity Break

  • A lovely visual ode to female friendship

 

A list of intriguing things

  • Say hello to a delicious samosa pie
  • Did you know you can order one big McDonald's sandwich made of different items from the menu? 
  • The world’s first ever space hotel
  • Did you know extreme pogo-stick riding is a thing? 

 

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