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The Morning Wrap: Cult Of Modi In The Age Of Photoshop; Taj Mahal Isn't Indian Enough For Yogi

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16/06/2017 8:32 AM IST | Updated 16/06/2017 8:33 AM IST
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File photo of Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

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A rising star in the Hindutva circuit, Sadhvi Saraswati was on fire at the "Hindu Rashtra" conclave, which is currently underway in Goa. Not only did the self-appointed God woman spew venom against Muslims, she made an open call for violence against beef eaters and "seculars."

In the age of Photoshop and social media, Modi's supporters are trying to change both history and geography. And whether its blatant sycophancy or simple lack of knowledge, the cult of Modi is in full bloom.

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In an exclusive interview with HuffPost India, Salman Khan spoke about the ghosts of his past, attempts of image rehabilitation, and why critics don't matter. When asked if his charitable trust 'Being Human' has been cleverly designed to rehabilitate his image, Khan said, "You have no idea, man. Do one thing: Come and live my life for one day"; before he walked out of the interview.

Indian migrants sent home $62.7 billion in remittances in 2016. It has overtaken China to become the top recipient of migrant remittances, the first ten-year study of money sent home by migrants has shown.

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The Supreme Court sought a response from the Centre on its new cattle trade regulations. Meanwhile, the government indicated that they will tweak the rules to demarcate an area in livestock markets for the sale and purchase of animals for slaughter. "The NDA government does not intend to bring in any law that would in any manner interfere with the eating habits of any community," law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said seeking to allay fears of a complete ban on beef.

The Union Home Ministry has directed its division and security agencies not to mention slain Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani's name in any written communication.

15 Dalit activists, including two students of Kurukshetra University, have been booked by the Haryana police for sedition. The Haryana police have alleged that the activists used "provocative speeches against the government" at a protest where they were demanding the release of four Dalits arrested for a murder.

The US has declared Karnataka-born Islamic State operative Mohammad Shafi Armar and two others as 'Specially Designated Global Terrorists' and imposed financial sanctions against them. This is the first time that American authorities have taken such action against an Indian member of the terror group.

Off The Front Page

Out of jail on a brief parole for a medical check-up, a self-styled sadhvi, Jai Shree Giri, gave the Ahmedabad police a slip on Thursday. But before that, she maid the police wait as she got a spa done and watched Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. Jai Shree Giri was arrested this January from North Gujarat for allegedly running an extortion racket.

Yogi Adityanath doesn't think the Taj Mahal is Indian enough. "Foreign dignitaries visiting the country used to be gifted replicas of the Taj Mahal and other minarets which did not reflect Indian culture," the Uttar Chief Minister said at a public event.

Opinion

A Hindustan Times editorial notes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Donald Trump's meeting on June 26 should go beyond the usual political power plays and photo opportunities. They should talk about the elephant in the room, China, the editorial notes. "The two leaders can decisively address the Chinese hegemonic control of the Indian Ocean trade lanes and forge a path to peace in South and West Asia," it said.

As the Presidential election draws close, an editorial points out that choosing a president who's a total puppet or has an adversarial attitude towards the elected regime can be terrible for the healthy functioning of the affairs of the State. In a parliamentary democracy, the president doesn't run the government that's run in his name.

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