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Wednesday, May 11 2022


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The film will be refused classification for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and the depictions of Hindus being persecuted in the on-going conflict in Kashmir.

That’s what the Singapore government said while banning the movie ‘The Kashmir Files’. The reason offered by authorities: “These representations have the potential to cause enmity between different communities, and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in our multiracial and multi-religious society.”

 

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Big Story

The language wars over Hindi: Part 2

The TLDR: In this second and final instalment, we look at why Tamil Nadu has emerged as the bastion of anti-Hindi sentiment—and ongoing attempts to overcome the South’s resistance to Hindi. Lost in the shuffle: The many endangered Indian languages that have been pushed to the side in this tussle.

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  • India pays high price for ‘aliens’
  • Shivkumar Sharma passes away 

 

Sanity Break

  • The ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ trailer is here!

 

A list of curious facts

  • A brand new version of smart glasses built to help blind people
  • A regrettable new fashion trend called “coastal grandmother aesthetic”
  • Did you know Victorian women climbed mountains in long skirts?
  • A bold proposal to make contact with alien life: nudes in space!

 

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