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Wednesday, April 20 2022


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Both these striking personalities succeeded against odds that people from socially disempowered sections of the society face. Both saw poverty and stifling social structures from close quarters and worked to dismantle them, but both are also practical men who believe in action rather than mere thought exercises.

That is South Indian music legend Ilayaraja drawing parallels between BR Ambedkar and PM Modi in the foreword for a book titled ‘Ambedkar & Modi: Reformer’s Ideas, Performer’s Implementations’. This comes amid rumours that he may be offered a Rajya Sabha seat by the BJP.


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Big Story

The battle for France: Why Macron may lose

The TLDR: The centrist Emmanuel Macron is facing off against rightwing Marine Le Pen in the presidential election. But key to this election lies in the hand of leftwing voters—including Muslims immigrants, the youth and the working class—who may deliver an ‘accidental’ victory to Le Pen.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Today in communal violence 
  • Netflix numbers are crashing
  • India has a data breach problem
  • Say hello to ‘electric’ chopsticks 
  • An ‘office birthday party’ lawsuit

 

Sanity Break

  • The trailer for ‘Jayeshbhai Jordaar’

 

List of curious facts

  • Record-breakingly expensive Japanese green tea leaves
  • The feminist resistance of Pakistani actress Neelo Begum
  • Say hello to the ‘Bad Girl of Burlesque': Carrie Finnell
  • A rare photo of an Indian Racquet marker dating from 1876

 

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