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The Morning Wrap: What MODI Fest Stands For; Women Can Also Give Triple Talaq

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17/05/2017 9:05 AM IST | Updated 17/05/2017 9:08 AM IST
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The Indian Prime Minister's love for acronyms is no secret, but the MODI Fest is the crowning glory of his admiration for such formations. Sandip Roy tells you more.

Will he, won't he? People in Tamil Nadu have been asking this question about superstar Rajinikanth's entry into politics for the last few decades. Now, once again, it's in the air.

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In its defence of the triple talaq, the oral unilateral divorce granted to Muslim men by Islamic law, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board told the Supreme Court that women too have a right to give triple talaq.

The CBI raided premises linked to Karti Chidambaram, son of India's former finance minister, former Union minister Lalu Prasad and Peter and Indrani Mukherjee, who are already embroiled in lawsuits.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is determined in her quest to form an anti-Modi block. In her recent visit to New Delhi she met her old ally Congress President Sonia Gandhi for a brainstorming session.

Off The Front Page

Britain's Labour Party has agreed to investigate the involvement of the country in the Operation Blue Star, launched by the Indira Gandhi government in India in 1984, against Sikh militancy in Punjab.

In the ongoing series against racism in India in the Hindustan Times, actor Abhay Deol writes about cultural prejudices associated with skin complexion and the way it makes people perceive others.

Unusually for an Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi pledged his support to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and expressed hope that a sovereign Palestine would coexist with Israel in the future.

Opinion

India's economy is defined by gender discrimination. Improving the balance in the work force is crucial to growth and entrepreneurship, writes Ejaz Ghani in Mint.

In The Indian Express, Julio Ribeiro writes about the systems of coercion that are turning minorities into second-class citizens. But is such a transformation not going to affect the aspirations of the majority too?

Where does the 'public' figure in the discourse of public health in India? Vani S Kulkarni offers an answer in The Hindu and suggests what more needs to be done.

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