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The Morning Wrap: Mayawati's Moment; Man Who Saved Gandhi Dies

Our selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.

20/07/2017 9:51 AM IST | Updated 20/07/2017 9:59 AM IST
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Mayawati's resignation from the Rajya Sabha begins her next act as Dalit queen. Recently deciding between the BJP's and Congress' Dalit candidates for Rashtrapati Bhawan, Behenji has begun her re-invention. Don't miss Shivam Vij's take on the BSP leader's dramatic move.

In yet another case of institutional discrimination against sexual minorities in India, the National Aids Control Organisation put a ban on members of the LGBTQ+ community from donating blood since they belong to a high-risk group.

Actor Konkona Sen Sharma spoke candidly about the inherent patriarchal biases of the film industry, as also the difficulty of finding fulfilling roles, in an interview with HuffPost India's Ankur Pathak.

Main News

China's state media outlet has put the blame on the rise of Hindu nationalism in India for its deteriorating relationship with the country. The latest salvo, fired in the context of the impasse between the countries near the Sikkim border, also calls India "weaker" than China's "national strength".

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that had he not cared for his country, he would have accepted former US president Bill Clinton's offer of $5 billion for not carrying out nuclear tests in 1998.

The result of the presidential election will be announced today, as the nation waits for the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Does the Opposition's Meira Kumar have any chance against the BJP's Ram Nath Kovind at all?

Off The Front Page

A comprehensive report on worldwide trends in terrorism, published by the Donald Trump administration in the US, chided Pakistan for not doing enough to curb the menace of terror groups and individuals operating from its soil.

Freedom fighter Bhiku Daji Bhilare, popularly known as Bhilare Guruji, who is credited in certain accounts with having saved Mahatma Gandhi from an attempt on his life by Nathuram Godse in Panchgani in 1944, died in Bhilar near the hill station at the age of 98.

A debate on the rise of lynching in contemporary India conducted in the Rajya Sabha brought out some of the worst prejudices and medieval mindset of our politicians. Read the gist of the exchanges here.

Opinion

Poet, writer and former IPS officer Keki N Daruwalla writes in The Indian Express about the price the nation has to pay for the lack of social cohesion shown by the State, with reference to the incidents of lynching in recent times.

A Congress leader takes up the pen in the Hindustan Times to dissuade his party workers from getting all worked up over the depiction of former Prime Minister and Congress politician Indira Gandhi in filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar's Indu Sarkar.

Plastic products, or products sold in plastic enclosures, are all-pervasive in everyday India. It's time we cut down on the use of plastic, a toxic substance, in daily life, says Samir Nazareth in The Hindu.

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