In today’s edition: India sends humanitarian aid to Gaza; how Zionism led to the formation of Israel; India defeats New Zealand in Dharamsala match; what Election Commission has said about ‘one-nation, one-election’; and more
🚨 Big Story
On Sunday, India sent its first humanitarian aid for the residents of war-torn Gaza, via Egypt. According to the MEA, the material included essential life-saving medicines, surgical items, tents, sleeping bags, tarpaulins, sanitary utilities, water purification tablets and more.
Meanwhile, The Indian Express’s Shubhajit Roy, who is currently in Israel, spoke to Sharren Haskel, a vocal critic of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and a rising Opposition leader in the country. Find out what she had to say in this exclusive interview.
Bonus read: We take a deep dive into how Zionism, a movement opposed by most Jews when it first emerged in the 19th century, received the backing of the major world powers and led to the birth of Israel.
⚡ Only in Express
In the latest edition of Idea Exchange, SY Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India spoke on the government’s new bill to downgrade the election commissioners’ status, need for transparency in political funding and the credibility of the EVMs.
📰 From the Front page
In a meeting with members of the Law Commission earlier this year, the Election Commission is learnt to have underlined the need for a “definite lead time” of up to a year before implementation of ‘one-nation, one-election’, citing “steep” logistical challenges in manufacturing voting machines. Find out more here
Nawaz Sharif may have several legal and electoral hoops to jump through before he gets to be Pakistan’s Prime Minister again. Yet, in his Lahore address, Sharif sought to reorient Pakistan’s domestic discourse on India. Our contributing editor C Raja Mohan breaks down what Sharif’s return means for India, and ties between the two countries.
👩💻 Must read
As Rajasthan gears up for Assembly elections, farmers in the state’s cotton belt have one question: “Will Congress or BJP compensate for my crop loss?” Farmers have reported yields less than a third of the normal average – thanks to the devastation wreaked by gulabi sundi. The pink pest has literally taken the shine off the White Gold.
In our Opinion section today, Faizan Mustafa and Kunal Sharma write on the Supreme Court’s verdict on same-sex marriage: “The decision appears to have succumbed to the prevailing ethos of majoritarian morality rather than oft-repeated “constitutional morality”. The judgment would certainly become a classic case of judicial restraint and any government would justifiably celebrate it.”
If Joe Biden is defeated in the 2024 elections, it could mean a policy shock for the US and the world order. To a substantial degree, his fate depends on what the voters think of Bidenomics. But what is it, and has it worked? Udit Misra explains.
⌛ And finally
“I know who outed me (to the police)…I might have to kill two more men after I get out,” Balesh Kumar is claimed to have said after his arrest. Kumar faked his death in 2004 to evade arrest in two murder cases. For the next two decades, he would go on to carefully construct his life, hidden in plain sight in Delhi’s Najafgarh. But a tip-off by a police informer on September 28, would bring it all down.
Delhi Confidential: Union Minister Bhupender Yadav, who is in-charge of BJP’s electioneering in Madhya Pradesh, faced a tough time dealing with supporters of ticket aspirants in Jabalpur the other day. A video has surfaced in which a security officer is seen latching on to his gun when the minister was mobbed by the disgruntled supporters of those who missed a place in the list of candidates.
In today’s episode of the ‘3 Things’ podcast, we discuss why the decrease in unemployment may not necessarily be a positive development, the reasons behind Moninder Singh Pandher’s acquittal in the 2006 Nithari killings case, and the implications of Canada withdrawing 41 diplomats from India.
Until next time,
Arushi Bhaskar and Sonal Gupta
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