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In the aftermath of the RK Nagar bypoll in Chennai, which has revealed a deep-seated nexus of corruption between the politicians and the electorate, TS Sudhir weighs in on the rot in the Indian democracy, which, expectedly, begins from the top.
While Indian cinema scales new heights on the global stage, at home, filmmakers are facing the brunt of the censor board. The recent example of this conundrum is Lipstick Under My Burkha, which is awaiting a certification from CBFC, but already on its way to being presented at the Golden Globes.
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Eight protesters were killed and more than 150 civilians and security personnel injured in central Kashmir, when violence erupted during a by-election for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. The polls also saw the lowest turn-out recorded ever at about 7%.
While urging the self-appointed protectors of cows -- the notorious gau rakshaks who recently killed a dairy farmer in Alwar, Rajasthan, on the suspicion of being a cow smuggler -- to avoid violence, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat wanted cow slaughter to be banned across the country.
After communal violence broke out in Odisha's Bhadrak town, fuelled by allegedly insulting remarks against Hindu deities, a 48-hour ban on using social networking sites, which had circulated these rumours, was put in place.
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After holding out against rogue Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, Air India had to lift its ban on him from flying, urged by the Centre. Initially he had booked the same morning flight where he had thrashed an AI staffer with his sandal but later changed it to an open ticket.
Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot spoke out strongly against the discrimination faced by lower caste communities at a symposium on BR Ambedkar in Ujjain. While he was speaking with reference to the social reformer's life, his comment apply as much to contemporary times.
E-commerce platform Snapdeal's co-founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal have written to their employees to ensure them that their well-being was their foremost concern, amid rumours of the company being sold off to Flipkart after failing to raise fresh capital.
In Mint Roshan Kishore explains why the farmers' loan waiver announced by the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is neither an egalitarian policy nor is it productive in the long term. At best, it is a sop that is unlikely to address the problems crippling the state's economy.
An editorial in the Hindustan Times applauds the Centre's attempt to remove gender bias from the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan programme followed by the states. With reference to the cleanliness campaign, the Centre had asked the states to be gender inclusive in their message to the people.
In The Indian Express, actor Amol Palekar remembers his three-decades-long relationship with the recently deceased Kishori Amonkar, one of the greatest performers of Hindustani classical vocal music of our times. In spite of the ups and downs, what stays with him is the portrait of a undisputed diva and genius.
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