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The week’s long reads: From Sikkim stand-off to fake news to Kerala assualt case

Here are 6 of this week’s in-depth pieces from Hindustan Times offering analysis on the Sikkim stand-off, Kerala assault case, fake news warriors, the new Indira Gandhi biography and more.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2017 14:18 IST
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Sikkim stand-off,Dokalam,Kerala actress assault
While India and China have been locked in dispute over Sikkim for years, the current stand-off shows that India has changed the rules of the game.(AFP)

From news to analysis to book extracts, here are six important, in-depth pieces from Hindustan Times you can catch up on.

Sikkim standoff: China is angry because India has changed the rules of the game

This week’s Chanakya column raises an important question: How is the present Dokalam standoff different from previous such incidents? One, India decisively intervening on behalf of Bhutan contains a strategic message. The Chinese have long nibbled at Bhutan’s borders without India doing too much about it. Until now, Thimpu has buckled before Beijing in part because it was uncertain if India would have their back.

Read the story here

Kerala actress assault: Blow-by-blow account of Dileep’s fall from superstardom

In what seemed like a plot straight from a B-movie, police investigation revealed that Malayalam superstar Dileep paid men to the abduct and assault a fellow actor, asking them to take videos of the act to ‘teach her a lesson’. Dileep’s fall from grace and the extent of his dark dealings have shaken Kerala and its film industry.

Read a detailed account of how the case unfolded here.

Fake news warriors: Meet the people who debunk fake news, one post at a time

There’s a deluge of fake news on social media and some TV news channels, leading to the spread of dangerous disinformation. But there are websites such as AltNews, Boomlive and SMHoaxslayer which regularly call out such lies, countering them with fact-checking and research. Who are the brains behind these news sites?

Read the profiles of these fake news slayers here.

Indira Gandhi was India’s original sari-clad bahubali | Excerpt from Sagarika Ghose’s book

Journalist Sagarika Ghose’s biography of former prime minister Indira Gandhi was one of the most awaited books this year. “Democracy today is the cult of the bahubali. The 56-inch chest, displays of power, bold flourishes and a roaring presence thrill voters. Indira Gandhi was India’s original sari-clad bahubali who watched over the nation’s borders like a knight astride a charging warhorse, as if ever-ready for battle. Any threat to India? Out to the front she galloped, flying the flags of belligerent patriotism...The only Indian Prime Minister to win a decisive military victory, dismember Pakistan and thumb her nose at the rest of the world, was a woman,” writes Ghose.

Read the full extract here.

India will be in trouble if breakaway Antarctica iceberg leads to sea level rise

A giant chunk, equal to four Delhis, broke off from one of the biggest icebergs in Antarctica on Wednesday. The one-trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica between July 10 and 12. A resultant rise in sea level can have far reaching consequences, impacting India badly since the country has a long and densely populated coastline.

Read the full analysis here.

Is there no love lost between north and south India? Or are they ‘Ek Duuje Ke Liye’?

Will the day ever dawn when we see seamless integration of south Indians into Bollywood? Amid debates on Hindi chauvinism, here’s a look at how South India gets caricatured and, conversely, how Hindi figures in films down south.

Read the full story here

First Published: Jul 15, 2017 14:18 IST