24/03/2017 8:09 AM IST | Updated 24/03/2017 9:26 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Threat To Transparency; London Attacker's Identity Revealed

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

Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Morning Wrap is HuffPost India's selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers. Subscribe here to receive it in your inbox each weekday morning.

Essential HuffPost

The Finance Bill 2017 has already raised concerns among citizens regarding state surveillance using Aadhar Cards. Another worrying part of this legislation is the way it does away with the need for transparency in political funding, received from corporates and individuals.

Sofia Ahmed is a Muslim woman from Uttar Pradesh, who has been through triple talaq (the unilateral oral divorce granted to Muslim men by Islamic law) and supports the Bharatiya Janata Party, which propagates an aggressive Hindutva-based politics. What does she make of firebrand Yogi Adityanath's elevation as the CM of the state?

The crackdown on illegal meat shops, some of which were torched by mobs earlier this week, all over Uttar Pradesh has affected the supply of buffalo meat, which has led to famous restaurants like Tunday Kababi in Lucknow stop making beef kebabs.

Main News

With firebrand Hindu leader Yogi Adityanath taking charge as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the Hindutva-inspired outfits in the state have got a fresh lease of life. A report from the ground in Hindustan Times gives a sense of the popular mood.

If you ever wondered how an upset politician behaves in public in India, here's the story of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaekwad. Angry over not being given a business class seat on his flight from Pune to Delhi, he beat an Air India staffer with his sandal 25 times and tried to throw him out of the aircraft on arrival.

In the absence of an alternative, the demand in the Congress for vice-president Rahul Gandhi to take over as president of the party will increase as soon as he returns from abroad with ailing mother Sonia Gandhi, according to sources within the party.

Off The Front Page

After months of infighting, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has finally split into two, with Sasikala forming AIADMK (Amma) and O Panneerselvam launching the AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma). Both outfits have chosen new symbols from the Election Commission's 'free basket' ahead of the by-polls in Chennai.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said the US Congress has not passed any bills that could put curbs on issuing H-1B visas for Indian IT professionals. She dismissed the "hanging sword", which the Indian community in the US employed on H1B and L1 visas are living in fear of.

London Police have identified Kent-born Khalid Masood as the attacker who went on a rampage in his car on Westminster Bridge and stabbed a policeman at the UK Parliament. Neighbours describe him as a family man and an avid gardener. ISIS claimed the attacker was working to further its cause.


In The Indian Express, Christophe Jaffrelot outlines the resemblances between Prime Minister Narendra Modi's style of leadership and that of his political predecessor India Gandhi's. Both have enjoyed popular support and enjoy a legacy of being iron-handed leaders. But their challenges are also similar.

In The Hindu, JP Nadda looks closely at the terms of the newly formulated HIV and AIDS bill to conclude that it would help to reduce stigma and discrimination among those affected by these conditions should it be passed as a legislation.

Prominent Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi winner Ashokamitran, who portrayed the lives and struggles of the urban middle-class life in his literary works, died at the age of 86 in his Chennai home. In a career running over six decades, he wrote 8 novels, 20 novellas, hundreds of short stories and essays.

Also on HuffPost

Photo gallery Regal Cinema Legacy See Gallery