Daily Briefing: why 2023 belonged to women in India; the year ahead for sports; and more

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1. In her weekly column, Neerja Chowdhury writes on why 2023 belonged to the women: “The government’s swift turnaround (in suspending the Wrestling Federation of India under the newly-elected Sanjay Singh, a close aide of Brij Bhushan Singh, who is facing sexual harassment charges) was an acknowledgement that women’s voice now counted more than ever before—and that they matter in the 2024 Big Battle.”

2. Generations of Bhils have worshipped a sun-baked, reddish-brown Kakad Bhairav or Bhilat Baba. Palaeontologists, however, confirmed recently that the revered ‘Kakad Bhairav’ was in fact a 66-million-year-old fossilised egg of a titanosaur, a herbivorous dinosaur. Can tribal traditions and fossilised gods reconcile with prehistoric truths and scientific temper?

3. From Shah Rukh Khan living out his “teenage dream of being a no-holds-barred action hero” to Vanga’s “unabashed ode to Ranbir Kapoor’s body hair” in Animal, Premankur Biswas reflects on what it is to be a man in Bollywood.

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4. National Sports Editor Sandeep Dwivedi takes a look at the year ahead for sports in India, and how it’s intricately tied to the country’s politics. Moreover, he writes, “The changes in India’s favourite sports team will become permanent, even as the nation looks at new heroes in sports other than cricket with the audacity of hope for the summer Olympics in Paris.”

5. Have you had a chance to watch the Netflix documentary Curry and Cyanide: The Jolly Joseph Case yet? Known as Koodathai serial killings, the murders unfolded over a period of 14 years, from 2002 to 2016. Here is the true story behind it.

Until next time,
Sonal Gupta

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