Firstpost Editor's Picks: Sordid drama in Karnataka, India's exit from World Cup, Super 30 and Kangana Ranaut on nepotism; today's must-read stories

Sordid drama in Karnataka throws every rulebook to the wind, is terrible advertisement for Indian democracy

A coalition that was unstable from the very start has finally imploded under the weight of its contradictions. Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy from JD(S) — who has been creaking under pressure from the Congress and complaining throughout his 13-month tenure of being force-fed poison and that he was not happy being the chief minister — is for all purposes presiding over a minority government.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Interminable four-year wait and waking up to nothingness after an India exit

In hindsight, you know this shall pass too, but looking at others (deservedly) feasting on the cake that was yours for the taking hurts. You recount the virtues of sport and fair play, you attempt to rationalise and romanticise, you try to accept and get on with it, but not today. Not on the morning after; they are meant to be bitter and brutal. And so it starts, another cycle, another round of (largely meaningless) bilateral series, and you feel you might end up hating the sport forever.

Hrithik Roshan's Super 30 is a film Kangana Ranaut should support, given its take on nepotism

Kangana has claimed that she has often appreciated the work of her colleagues (Alia Bhatt in Raazi, Shraddha Kapoor in Stree etc). But now, it is time someone remind her that a concept she found very close to her heart has found its way into a film.

Vikas Bahl's recently released Super 30, starring Hrithik Roshan, is the biopic of mathematician Anand Kumar. The film preaches all that Kangana has been waging a lonely war against.

Tamil writer Pathinathan returns home to Sri Lanka, after documenting refugee life in India over three decades

Pathinathan's first work — Porin Marupakkam (The Other Side of War) published by Kalachuvadu Publications in 2008 — was autobiographical. And he had much to tell through his story. “After spending first eight years in the refugee camp in Madurai, I sneaked out without external registration required of a refugee,” he says. Camp life was crushing his personality. For the next eight years, Pathinathan straddled two identities in Chennai.

Shepherdesses of Changthang: 14,000 mtrs above sea level, women hold a hardy community together

The territory is vast and rugged, with long and harsh winters, and woefully short summers. Vegetation is scarce due to the terrain’s hard soil, as a result of which the nomadic Changpas move during the summer months in search of literal greener pastures.

Updated Date: Jul 12, 2019 20:37:27 IST