ICYMI: From Richa Bharti to defections from Congress, here’s what Tuesday looked like
In case you missed it, here’s what you need to know!
If you thought the High Court order to distribute Quran copies was ridiculous, sample this: India and Pakistan lost more than a thousand crore rupees due to airspace restrictions. Whew! It was a riveting day for the news yesterday. We tried to make sense of the defections from Congress, what Guru Purnima means for RSS, the sublime tragedy that took place at the World Cup final, and the CSDS study that showed that social media’s influence on 2019 Lok Sabha elections might be overhyped. What’s more, we explain why men need feminism! As an added bonus, check out our weekly show uploaded every friday morning: Gender Benders! This week, we looked at the groundbreaking step taken by the James Bond franchise to appoint a female person of colour as the new Agent 007.
Richa Bharti and the Quran: A problematic mess of communal extremism
Richa Bharti is revelling in her fifteen minutes of fame. In a pluralistic and polarised nation, almost every issue gets instantly communalised. We’ve written before about the communalisation of a crime. Now, a controversial judgement by a Ranchi court is grabbing attention everywhere. Just in case you were wondering--no, this isn't an infringement of her fundamental rights. It's simply a brilliant example by a hapless judge of using the principles of restorative justice to attempt to smooth over any tensions between communities. Read more
Pakistan-India airspace closure cost billions—but not anymore!
It took nearly five months for Pakistan and India to realise that restricting their airspace to each other’s civilian flights was not a very good idea—that it was self detrimental, to say the least. Indian suffered losses worth over Rs 548 crore due to airspace closure, with Air India reporting a daily loss of Rs 6 crore on burning that extra fuel, cabin staff expenses and reduced flights to take costly detours to reach destinations in Europe, the Gulf and the US.
Making sense of defections from the Congress
Let's Talk: Why men need feminism
Your life’s worth doesn’t rest on how manly you are. It rests purely on the person you are. And that, my friends, is feminism. Read More
What Guru Purnima means for the RSS
For the RSS, Guru Purnima is devoted to offering obeisance to the Guru (the saffron flag) and offering a voluntary donation. The function takes place in the evening and crowds of Sangh volunteers throng the place. They are handed identical white envelopes not bearing any name for offering charity (dakshina) to the “guru” and they place whatever amount of money they wish to in it. Read More
Two in every three Indian voters don’t use social media: CSDS
Social media influenced the US election; its impact on India’s 2019 general election may have been overhyped. The Lokniti-CSDS survey shows that the BJP-led alliance did enjoy an advantage among social media users, and particularly among those who use it very often, but they didn’t do quite well among those who were not on social media at all. The report found that those who are using these social media platforms continue to be mostly from certain well to do and comfortably placed sections—mostly upper caste, urban, highly educated and young voters. Read more
The hand of God moment in cricket!
The sublime tragedy is that none of this would have happened in the first place had England been awarded 5 runs instead of 6, as per cricketing law: since the batsmen didn’t cross each other the second time before the ball reached the boundary in the momentous 50th over of the England innings. The umpires made a mistake in the chaos that surrounded these seemingly impossible goings-on, and as they say, the rest is history. Read More
Gender Benders: The new Agent 007 is a female POC!