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The Morning Wrap: Akhilesh Yadav's New Avatar; Yogi Adityanath Defines 'Ram Rajya'

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19/10/2017 7:42 AM IST | Updated 19/10/2017 7:42 AM IST
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A recent YouTube video has re-launched Akhilesh Yadav as a superhero, ready to vanquish his adversaries. But will he be able to revive the fortunes of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh? Radhika Ramaseshan asks.

Social media can be used as a genuine tool of empowerment and positive change but it can also bare its fangs and turn into a bottomless pit of vileness. A mother who called out her son in public on his sexism learned this truth the hard way recently.

A week after NDTV took down a story on loans given to Jay Shah, the channel's managing editor Sreenivasan Jain, who also co-authored the piece, has called it "deeply unfortunate".

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Calling the United States and India "two bookends of stability on either side of the globe," the Donald J Trump administration has proposed that Washington DC and New Delhi work together in the Indo-Pacific region to counter the disruptive force that China has become.

Seeking to deflect opposition criticism, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday that no politics should be seen behind his government's efforts to develop the temple town of Ayodhya which gave the idea of Ram Rajya — where there is no poverty or discrimination.

The Supreme Court has made it mandatory for the railways to keep oxygen cylinders in all trains to ensure that the life-saving gas could be provided to travellers suffering from respiratory problems in case of any emergency.

Off The Front Page

Actor Kamal Haasan has apologised for "hastily" supporting demonetisation and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should accept his "mistake".

The family of the 11-year-old girl who died in Jharkhand's Simdega district last month, allegedly due to non-availability of ration, had been removed from the state's public distribution system because their Aadhaar cards were not linked to the new list issued by the government.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is capturing social media traction, evident from the high volume of retweets that the Twitter latecomer is getting for his punchy posts of late.

Opinion

SC does well to criminalise marital rape of a minor wife. It also needs to classify child marriage as forced marriage, argues Pratiksha Baxi in The Indian Express.

The defeat of the Islamic State in Raqqa is good news, but unless statesmanship is shown by the victors of the present round of fighting, it won't be long before West Asia sees another round of militancy, says an editorial in the Hindustan Times.

In The Telegraph, Swapan Dasgupta asks an unpopular question, "Should judges interpret statutes or should they make laws?" and proceeds to offer an answer.

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