‪Pollution is literally a life and death issue. ‬
‪But there's no government action. No mass protests. ‬
‪It doesn't matter how many times you protest. Your MP won't show up. Political parties know that they will not be held accountable to. ‬
‪My column today‬

‪https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/11/opinion/indias-poisonous-air-a-failure-of-governance/‬

Earlier, companies could only give 7.5% of their profits as political donations. Despite opposition from the RBI, the finance ministry pushed through electoral bonds -- a scheme that RBI said leads to black money. @nit_set reports with documents

huffingtonpost.in/entry/rbi-wa

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Dr Manmohan Singh writes: “I urge the Prime Minister to set aside his deep-rooted suspicion of industrialists and entrepreneurs and nurse us back to a confident and mutually trustworthy society that can revive the animal spirits and help our economy soar.”
thehindu.com/opinion/lead/the-

In Gurgaon there's a small memorial to Maj Shaitan Singh, 37, and his Charlie coy, 13 Kumaon.

On this day, 18 Nov 1962, he and 114 men (out 120) died at Rezang La facing the Chinese. Rough estimates say they killed nearly 1800 en soldiers that day.

‪Detailed account of how the whistleblower set off the impeachment proceedings against Trump.
This is the kind of institutions India needs.
Pretty damning evidence piling up. ‬

‪https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/how-a-cia-analyst-alarmed-by-trumps-shadow-foreign-policy-triggered-an-impeachment-inquiry/2019/11/15/042684a8-03c3-11ea-8292-c46ee8cb3dce_story.html‬

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‪Very important column from Sadanand Dhume on the India story abroad -- you can't dress up a bad story. What's happening in India is a mix of authoritarian impulse meeting bureaucratic bungling‬

‪https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/dont-shoot-the-messenger-to-safeguard-its-global-image-india-doesnt-need-better-messaging-it-needs-better-policies/‬

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Justice Nariman's dissent in the #sabarimala review, will long be cited, as a treatise on the Rule of Law and the Executive's sworn duty to uphold and implement court judgements. I urge all people to read it, as it rewards even those who have been sceptical about the court in the recent past
livelaw.in/top-stories/courts-

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Little FYI;

I am NOT earning ANYTHING from mstdn.social 😉 In fact it's the opposite, Every week I work about 40-50 hours for a company so I can earn money and pay for the servers, domain, media storage and email services and don't get me wrong. I'm VERY happy to do that ❤️ and I will NOT stop doing that for a long time!

We do get donations and that's a BIG help! But still I need to pay much from my own pocket so keep that in mind. We are not a company, we are not Twitter, we drive on ! ❤️

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According to his election affidavit, Gautam Gambhir was the richest MP candidate from Delhi.

Despite that, his MP salary isn't enough. He still needs his cricket gigs to earn more money.

The safety and the health of his voters, their children can wait.

indiatoday.in/elections/lok-sa

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A superb article by @Saikatd on causes and privilege.

Small addendum from my side : "Nor should they sap our energies for other causes that we actually care more for."

Mastonauts,

how about launching a struggle for a cause you care about? Say, securing the release of Sudha Bharadwaj / Sanjiv Bhatt ? Or ending the lockdown in J&K.

Let's do something differently this time : fund ANY political party of your choice.

I challenge you to take up the #2024Challenge : am almost 5 years in!!

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Justice Nariman slams Solicitor General Tushar Mehta
"Please read our dissenting judgment in Sabarimala. Our judgments are not to be played with. Tell your government that our judgments stand"

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The Twitter/Mastodon topic is being covered as a race to finish. I have a different take medium.com/@sankarshan/the-twi I think it is a first step in a different way of building durable networks and identities.

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‘India’s Muslims Sought Dignity, Not Land’: What young, educated Muslims think: “Muslims have to fight this. We have to lead this fight. Let secular Hindus join us…”
Also features Owaisi, & the odd silence of Kanhaiya Kumar & Jignesh Mewani.
thewire.in/communalism/ayodhya

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The 6th edition of Jashn-e-Rekhta will be held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on December 13–15, 2019 (Fri-Sun).

The festival has been graced by doyens of Hindustani poetry and literature and also by people of eminence from the film, music and television industry. Owing to its uniqueness, Jashn-e-Rekhta has emerged to become the largest celebration for a language anywhere in the world.

Register at: jashnerekhta.org/register/

#urdu #rekhta #culture #india #festival #delhi

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