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A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint in the last 24 hours.

Be liberal. And that’s a diktat.

In the latest ‘National Interest’, ThePrint Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta takes on those who stake claim to be true ‘liberals’, but are, in fact, not. Gupta says these ‘liberals’ lay down a set of rules and don’t tolerate any deviation, thus contradicting the very notion of being a liberal.
And yes, he also reminds the ‘liberals’ that they can pour as much scorn on PM Modi as they want, but it will “only strengthen his base and reaffirm the myth of victimhood”. Read the column to delve deeper into the formidable arguments put forth by Gupta to make his point.

Justice Chelameswar signs off

In this exclusive interview to Maneesh Chhibber on his last day as a Supreme Court judge, Justice Chelameswar opens up on a range of issues, including the elevation of Justice K.M. Joseph to the apex court, the controversial press conference called by four senior judges — including him — on the manner in which CJI Misra is running the court, and on whether Justice Gogoi will be the next CJI. His quotable quote: “There have been phases in history you have not seen like Hitler. Nothing is permanent. Surely there are some problems, there are some distressing features. But these are not permanent features.”

China at the doorstep

Modi and Xi may have displayed adequate bonhomie, but India still has reason to worry. Images accessed by satellite-intelligence expert Col. Vinayak Bhat (retd) show that the Chinese have moved at least 5 km into what should be Indian territory — in the strategic Tsari Chu valley in Arunachal Pradesh. “They may have taken advantage of the remoteness of the area and the absence of Indian forces. The Chinese PLA presence is now well established here. A new road that can be accessed by jeeps is being constructed, the river-bank is being improved and new construction post-Doklam, some of it underground, has been noticed,” Bhat writes.

A Modi champion turns critic

In this piece, commentator Rupa Subramanya talks about how the space for bipartisan voices like hers is fast vanishing in the Indian discourse. Subramanya also explains why from being one of PM Modi’s biggest champions, she has now turned into a critic. She also talks about the controversy surrounding her tweet over celebrity chef Atul Kochhar’s remarks on Islam.

Soz toes Musharraf line on Kashmir

Senior Congress leader and former union minister Saifuddin Soz has created a furore by concurring with former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s view that given a chance, Kashmiris would vote for independence today. The report by D.K. Singh brings out these revelations from Soz’s book, Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle, set to be released next week. In the book, Soz also calls for a revocation of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Kashmir, which he says is “draconian” and has been “misused” in the Valley “to the best of my knowledge”.

Data privacy law may bypass collected Aadhar info

Maneesh Chhibber gives you an exclusive sneak peek into the much-talked-about Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee draft report on data protection. Chhibber reports that as per the draft report, the data collected under Aadhaar, before the data protection law comes into effect, would be out of the scope and purview of the proposed law. This move is unlikely to go down well with those who oppose Aadhaar on the ground that the collection and dissemination of Aadhaar data leaves citizens vulnerable.

Why you should watch Lust stories

Netflix’s new offering, Lust Stories, an anthology of short films by four directors, breaks the awkwardness and silence around sex in India. “The problem of wording the forbidden is at its core a tussle with language in our mainstream culture,” Rupleena Bose says in this piece. She brings out the unconventional dialogues and instances from each of the four short stories to highlight how Lust Stories shatters the Indian silence on sex.

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