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The Morning Wrap: No Country For Free Speech; India Faces Worst Inequality Since 1922

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06/09/2017 10:50 AM IST | Updated 06/09/2017 11:09 AM IST
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A little over two years after MM Kalburgi was shot dead by two unknown assassins at his home in Dharwad, Karnataka, well-known journalist Gauri Lankesh (1962-2017) was murdered in a similar fashion on Tuesday evening at her home in a suburb of the state's capital, Bengaluru.

Nearly 300 children died at Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College in Uttar Pradesh in the month of August alone; meanwhile in Farrukhabad, also in UP, 49 children lost their lives around the same period. These numbers are indicators of a malaise that goes beyond the immediate healthcare crisis in the state.

When Chinese President Xi Jinping met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Xiamen on Tuesday, he wanted to work with India within the five principles of Panchsheel, a treaty that was signed between Jawaharlal Nehru and Premier Zhou Enlai over sixty years ago. Read more.

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Inequality in India may be at its highest level since 1922, when the country's income tax law was first conceived, with 22% income accruing to the top 1% income earners, a new paper released by leading economists Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel has showed.

The Rohingya refugee crisis, posts slamming demonetisation, a YouTube link on "explaining gay rights to Indian parents", and another mocking the BJP-led government at the Centre — what were the late Gauri Lankesh's last few social media posts were about?

A day after the Supreme Court asked the central government to explain why it wants to deport Rohingya, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said, "Rohingya are illegal immigrants and need to be deported as per law".

Off The Front Page

As the monsoon begins to recede, India faces a mammoth recovery task from the worst floods in a decade, says a report in The Times of India. Over 3.4 crore people across 280 districts have been affected by floods that left more than 1,000 dead.

Social media platform Twitter has been accused of shadow-banning posts from some of its users, especially those critical of the government in power at the Centre and its policies. What is this phenomenon and its implication? Read more.

The Donald Trump administration on Tuesday discontinued an Obama-era immigration reform measure that protected from deportation people who had entered the US illegally as children. The move will affect as many as 8,00,000 people, including 8,000 Indians.

Opinion

"Caste biases have instilled a disdain for all forms of manual work. From there, the dots can be connected to the lack of quality and safety in public works and services." Don't miss Mrinal Pande's powerful piece in The Indian Express.

In the Hindustan Times, KS Dakshina Murthy remembers Gauri Lankesh, a friend and fearless journalist who set the bar high for the media in India.

Last month, China Quarterly, the most reputed academic journal of China studies in the world, published by the Cambridge University Press, was asked by the Chinese government to block hundreds of articles in China. Sonika Gupta explains in The Hindu why such a step was taken.

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