The Morning Wrap: SRK-Troll Vijayvargiya Got Communal Harmony Award In 2006; India's Biggest Arbitration Case On Anvil

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In a damning editorial, The New York Times has pointed out that business leaders in India and abroad are balking at the prevailing atmosphere of intolerance gripping India, and the financial community is dismayed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "willingness to tolerate, even encourage, the Hindu hard-liners in his own party."

Vivek Gumaste finds that the Moody's Analytics report warning Modi to keep his leaders in check was 'misleading.'

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Moody's has said it stands by the report by its Analytics Division, on the potential hindrance to India's economy by Modi not keeping his fringe colleagues in check.

The Narendra Modi government is preparing to crack down on community radio stations for failing to broadcast the Prime Minister's monthly radio programme, Mann ki Baat, and airing "anti-government" views.

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BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who accused Shah Rukh Khan of treason and was forced to retract the statement Wednesday, had received an award for maintaining communal harmony from the UPA government in 2006.

The “ganvesh”, the trademark uniform of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, could soon give way to trousers.

Former National Security Advisor (NSA) M.K. Narayanan was, on Wednesday, the victim of a slipper-attack by a radical Tamil activist with a slipper at the end of a colloquium on ‘The Future of Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees in India.' He was unhurt but the missile-slipper landed in the hands of N Ram, the convenor of the colloquium and former editor of The Hindu.

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Gita Aravamudan says that the government of India’s proposed ban on commercial surrogacy is a rather ill-thought-out move that could have a disastrous effect on the flourishing surrogacy industry in India. "Some of the surrogates I spoke to proudly showed me their houses built from money they had earned through renting out their wombs. Many preferred foreign commissioning parents, as they paid better and gave better tips."

Pratap Bhanu Mehta calls the Congress' bluff. "The Congress is trying to get onto the toleration bandwagon. Politically, this is entirely understandable. But in doing so, the Congress reveals just how impoverished its political and institutional imagination remains."

Arundhati Roy explains why she's giving up an award and how it goes beyond 'Congress-BJP' divisions. "I am very pleased to have found (from somewhere way back in my past) a National Award that I can return, because it allows me to be a part of a political movement initiated by writers, filmmakers and academics in this country who have risen up against a kind of ideological viciousness and an assault on our collective IQ that will tear us apart and bury us very deep if we do not stand up to it now. "

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