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New Parliament Defiled by Inaction on Sexual Harassment

Monday’s cartoon by EP Unny in the Indian Express compares the geometry of the new Parliament building with that of Jantar Mantar, for long the national capital’s favourite protest site. The juxtaposition is more than appropriate, given the recent developments. Even as the new Parliament building was being inaugurated, women wrestlers and their supporters protesting against alleged sexual harassment were roughed up and their protest site at Jantar Mantar cleared.

Unlocking Defence for Startup Alchemy in New India

FANS of philologist JRR Tolkien and his lore would be familiar with Anduril and Palantir as, respectively, a magical sword and a crystal ball that shows things afar, including in the past. But Anduril and Palantir hitting the headlines are not magical relics of yore, but defence companies that came up from America’s technology startup ecosystem to develop high-tech military capability, and figure among the defence startups proving their spurs in the war in Ukraine.

Heat Waves are a Double Jeopardy For Urban Poor Settlements

Last week, I called the repairman of my home AC as the cooling in my bedroom the night before did not seem comfortable. After finishing his job, I offered him a glass of water and a piece of cake. As he wiped his sweat, sipping water slowly, I enquired about his home. Living in a single room rented tenement of 150 sq. ft. in Sangam Vihar colony with his wife and two young kids, he barely smiled.