Q@9: Courageous Captain Dhoni, A Criminal Turned MLA, and More

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India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leaves after a practice session. (Photo: Reuters)

1. I Am MS Dhoni and I Don’t Care; Welcoming Back Captain Courageous!

MS Dhoni defined the phrase letting the bat do the talking to perfection. He hosted a master-class in Indore on Wednesday and capped it off with a series equaliser against South Africa in the teams’ second ODI face-off.

2. I Have a Criminal Past Because I Fought for Dalits, Says BJP MLA

Chitranjan Kumar, towering over everyone in a crowded BJP office, is unfazed by the political bigwigs of the party praising him or campaigning for him. Kumar has a criminal past, a stoic straight face, and a cold matter-of-fact reply to every question.

3. Faltering & Floundering: Indian Football Seeks Succour Amid Hype

The flashbulbs have been going off incessantly. And why not? The greatest of them all, Pele himself, is in India. There’s a photo-op to be had at every step. Look, he even has a formula to revive Indian football. Listen up.

4. Rainbowman: Baba Ramdev, Families of Choice and the Middle East

Every morning as I unfold the newspaper, I see its pages splattered with the blood of the rainbow. News reports of ISIS cruelty appear with alarming regularity and the nature and degree of violence inflicted on homosexual people appears to be escalating in the Middle East.

5. It is Advantage Russia in Big Power Games in Syria and Iraq

In June 2015, I travelled to Moscow to interact with some Russian intellectuals. There appeared a fair degree of clarity about threats to Russia and the international community in general; principal among these were from the Islamic State (IS) or Daesh which appeared to dominate most strategic discussions.

6. Hey Google, India’s First Prime Minister is Jawaharlal Nehru

Call it a silly mistake, or an algorithmic one, Google seems to have messed up with India’s first prime minister.

7. Bihar Mobile 2015: 4 Journalists, 4 Smartphones, 243 Seats

The Quint is covering the Bihar Assembly Elections using only smartphones. This is the first time that such a project has been attempted in India. Armed with selfie sticks and The Quint mic, our reporters get you stories from the ground.

8. Never Ask These Questions to a Disabled Person

Yeh log shaadi material nahin hain madam (These people aren’t marriage material madam),” says Dolly’s coach categorically. “Kaise karenge yeh shaadi, aap hi batao? (How will they get married, you tell me?)”

9. Amul Thinks the Film Talvar Can Change Media Discourse

Years before the film came out, the investigation was a drama in itself. Talvar – the Bollywood film inspired by the double murder case of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and the family’s domestic help, Hemraj – recently received the Amul treatment as part of the brand’s topical ad campaign.

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