Thursday, March 17 2022

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Glad to announce that our Govt employees will be entitled for half-day special leave to watch #TheKashmirFiles. They will have to only inform their superior officers and submit the tickets the next day.

That’s the Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma offering special perks to encourage people to watch the Bollywood film on the killing of Kashmiri pandits—which has been criticised of “exploitation”—and for inciting anti-Muslim sentiments. BBC News looks at the divided reception received by the film.


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team discusses the revelations of an explosive Al Jazeera investigation into the ties between Facebook, the BJP and Reliance. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.


We’re on a Holi Holiday! The splainer team will be taking Friday off for Holi so there will be no edition on March 18. We’re offering advance notice in case you wake up Friday morning and wonder where we’ve disappeared:)

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Big Story

The Indian publishing industry: A great chase for profits

The TLDR: In the first instalment of our look at book publishing, we looked at the big picture and the challenges of selling a book. In this second and final part, we look at why it is hard to make money selling books in India. 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Facebook offers a BJP discount
  • The Rona is rising again
  • High Court hijab ruling: The fallout
  • Tim Hortons comes to India
  • Starbucks plans to phase out its signature cups by 2025
  • TikTok aur Cannes ki jodi
  • The Eiffel Tower is now officially taller
  • The eight-hour sleep recommendation debunked


Sanity Break

  • A perfect Holi-themed painting to kick off the long weekend


I Recommend

  • Actor Maya Sarao offers a cool and diverse mix of recommendations that she personally swears by


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