The Morning Wrap: BJP Minister's Racist Jibe; Nearly Half of Delhi's Children Have Irreversible Lung Damage

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 7: Children cover their face to take precaution from the air pollution by a mixture of pollution and fog at NCR region on November 7, 2012 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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Radhika Santanam, in The Hindu criticizes the Deepika Padukone 'My Choice' ad as being myopic.

Jayna Kothari and Aparna Ravi, argue in The Economic Times that not addressing serious conflicts of interest between tobacco lobbies and government has impeded the spread of anti-tobacco awareness campaigns.

Pushkar , warns in The Indian Express, that India's universities will not realise their full potential unless the government stops meddling in matters it has no business getting into.

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