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The Morning Wrap: Dynasty In The Doldrums; Breakthrough In Gauri Lankesh Case

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

14/09/2017 10:02 AM IST | Updated 14/09/2017 10:04 AM IST
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Speaking at University of California at Berkeley in the US, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi made a virtue of his dynastic origins, justifying it by citing other examples from politics and entertainment. But had Gandhi proved his mettle as a dynamic leader, no one would have bothered about his family, writes Sandip Roy.

Based on exclusive access to text messages exchanged among Kangana Ranaut, Hansal Mehta and Apurva Asrani, Ankur Pathak of HuffPost India unravels the turf war that waged over the credits of the upcoming movie Simran.

A flash mob gathered in Delhi recently to sing and cheer over a song that celebrates misogyny, rape culture and sexism. If you have been one of the hundreds gathered to sing 'Aunty Ki Ghanti' or are planning to do so in other such gatherings planned in the next few days, you should be ashamed.

Main News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi went out of his way to welcome his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and his wife to India, taking them around Ahmedabad, and later to Sabarmati ashram to pay tribute to MK Gandhi, while also personally supervising what his guests ate and saw.

The home ministry has barred several premier institutions, including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, IIT-Delhi and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, from receiving foreign funds, under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA), for failing to file their returns in the last few years.

The CBSE has asked 19,500 schools affiliated to it to put all their employees through a psychometric evaluation against the backdrop of the murder of a child in a school in Gurugram, allegedly by its bus attendant, reports The Telegraph.

Off The Front Page

Earlier this year, Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer in Alwar, Rajasthan, was killed by a lynch mob who suspected him of carting cows for slaughter. A few months later, the police have closed the case against him finding none of the six alleged killers guilty of any crime.

According to findings of forensic analysis, the gun used to kill journalist Gauri Lankesh outside her home in Bengaluru on 5 September was the same as the one that was employed to shoot rationalist MM Kalburgi in Dharwad in 2015.

The Congress-backed National Students' Union of India ousted the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad at the student union elections of Delhi university. Can this victory be a sign of times to come? The Congress would surely like to believe that but it's a long and tough haul.

Opinion

Government is getting a free pass on the economy, which remains vulnerable to voodoo interventions, says Pratap Bhanu Mehta in his column in The Indian Express, referring to the recent slowdown of the growth.

An editorial in the Hindustan Times praises Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat for sending out a message of inclusion to his Hindu brethren. But will his words trickle down to the rank and file of the RSS?

In The Hindu Rishikesh Bahadur Desai writes about the need to start conversations about women working in the media, in light of Gauri Lankesh's murder, and the way they are treated by the male-dominated field.

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