Friday, July 26, 2019

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Nineteen-year-old Kristóf Milák of Hungary set a new world record in the men’s 200m butterfly race at the World Championships. He beat Michael Phelps’ time of 1:51.51, which was set back in 2009. Milák’s record-breaking time:1:50.73. Read the Reuters report, or better yet, watch the race.

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Who are India's migrants?

The government recently released migration data from the 2011 census. Yes, it’s a little outdated but it reveals some key trends—and one big question mark about its numbers. 


The definition of a migrant: Anyone who moves to one geographical location from another is defined as a migrant. So there are inter-district migrants who move within the same state, inter-state migrants who move from one state to another, and international migrants who move to India from other countries. 


The big trends: are as follows:

  • Unsurprisingly, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar contribute the greatest number of inter-state migrants. Around 20.9 million people migrated out of these states.

  • Equally unsurprisingly, Delhi and Mumbai are the most popular destinations for migrants who comprise nearly a third (9.9 million) of their combined populations. 

  • Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh account for 50% of all migrants, while Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana take in 50% of them.

  • There were 6.1 million international migrants in India in 2001. Most of them are from neighbouring countries like Pakistan (in the North) and Bangladesh (in the East). Karnataka only has 71,000 international migrants, but still accounts for the largest share of migrants from the United States, Europe and China (?!).  Point to note: Southern states are not even in the top ten destinations for migrants (but that may have changed by now).


The biggest reason for migration: is not employment but marriage! According to the census, 46% of migrants moved because of marriage, and 97% of these were women. Wait, there’s more. Of the 293 million married women, 205.8 million migrated due to marriage—that means 70% of all married women had to leave their homes.


The big question mark: The migration data has one big anomaly, which was caught by the eagle-eyed folks over at BBC. And it has to do with the numbers of migrants from Uganda! That number shot up from 694 in the 2001 census to 151,363 in 2011. The rise is even bigger for women: 339 to 111,700. The numbers for men rose from 355 to 39,663. Taking Bihar and Uttar Pradesh together, the number of Ugandan migrants rose from five in 2001 to 94,704 in 2011. 


Umm, so what’s going on here? According to BBC’s analysis, the census data is messed up—either because it was incorrectly recorded or due to an error in the software that crunches the numbers. One “clue” is the inexplicable gender imbalance. The other: “more than 77,000 of these Ugandan immigrants/return migrants reported that they had been in India for more than ten years. But the 2001 census registered only 694 such people in total.” When contacted by the BBC, a senior census official said he is investigating this "unlikely migration figure.”


Learn more: Hindustan Times offers the most concise snapshot, while Indian Express’ report is more dense numbers. We also recommend The Hindu’s analysis which has better data visualisation charts. The BBC has the Uganda angle.

In data-related news: A recent story about 132 villages in Uttarakhand made headlines around the world. The reason: there were no girl children born in these villages for the past three months. Everyone blamed female foeticide, but a closer look raises questions about the media’s interpretation of these numbers. (BBC)

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repressing traumatic memories of Disneyland

Puerto Rico rises in victory: Hundreds of thousands of protesters forced Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló out of office in a triumph for people power. The reason he was forced out: leaked chats between him and his advisors showed him making sexist and homophobic jokes, planning the use of public funds to punish political rivals and—worst of all—making jokes about the large number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria (3,059 people died in the 2017 tragedy). Here’s stunning footage of the protests that lasted for weeks. (Buzzfeed)


The Indian-origin ministers in Boris Johnson’s cabinet: The most prominent is Priti Patel, UK’s first Indian-origin Home Secretary, who has “a consistent record of voting against basic human rights protections.” For example: She once supported the reintroduction of death penalty. The Gujarati minister who immigrated to Britain (via Uganda) also advocates close ties with India, and is a fan of PM Modi. Rishi Sunak is Treasury Secretary, and the son-in-law of Infosys founder Narayana Murthy. Ashok Sharma is the International Development Secretary and no one seems to care all that much about him. A related UK read: Imran Khan’s ex-wife, Reham, penned this piece comparing him to Boris Johnson, and it’s a gossipy hoot. 


The RTI Act amendment goes through: The government managed to persuade three independent parties to support the controversial bill—putting an end to the Opposition’s resistance in the Rajya Sabha. We did an explainer yesterday on why this is a huge blow to democracy. Times of India has the politics behind this legislative victory.


The Karnataka tamasha has a sequel: The Speaker has disqualified three of the ‘rebel’ MLAs, and has yet to decide on the fate of the other thirteen. What does this mean? We’ll see you in the Supreme Court, folks! (The Hindu)


Another Tik Tok tragedy: The platform kicked out three highly popular Muslim influencers based on an FIR filed by the Shiv Sena. Their crime: they recorded an angry video reacting to a lynching, saying, “You killed innocent Tabrez Ansari, but tomorrow if his children take revenge, do not say that all Muslims are terrorists.” Is issuing a vaguely worded threat a crime in this country? Weird, don’t think the trolls threatening to rape women have got that memo. (Hindustan Times)


A not-so-vaguely threatening anthem: A Bhojpuri song titled ‘Jo na bole jai shree Ram’ is very popular on YouTube. Its lyrics include: "Saffron-clad men are mightier than all. Like victors, they march around with swollen chests. Those who will not chant victory to Lord Ram, send them to the graveyard. All those who are against Ram, shall now be buried in the ground.” This fascinating must-read reveals the mindset of its creators and distributors. (Caravan)

A woman reported sexual assault in UP: at a police station and this was the constable’s reaction. 


Amusement parks are not amusing: TBH, we absolutely loathe every amusement park we’ve ever been to—be it Wonder-La in Bangalore or Disneyland in LA. So we were naturally delighted to discover a hit-piece on this ghastly form of human entertainment. This quote from the article sums up our sentiment: “It’s hot. It’s crowded. It’s just not fun.” Also: stupidly expensive. Yeah, this one's all about us. (Washington Post)


Your feel-good Friday quota is here: and it includes the following:


  • Arnab Goswami completely losing his marbles on live TV as he screams questions at Aparna Sen who is calmly holding a presser in Kolkata… and can’t hear a word he’s saying!  

  • Derek O Brien sharing a personal story of sexual abuse which he experienced as a 13-year old on a crowded bus. Bravo! 

  • Vistara’s registration form which seems to be stuck in the dark ages. The good news: they immediately apologised and changed it. 

  • Indian Express’ photo-feature where they aged the faces of the biggest Bollywood actors like Shah Rukh, Aamir, and Aayushmaan using the “cool old” FaceApp filter. What we want to know: So grey beards are cool now?

  • In memory of Rutger Hauer, we offer this iconic scene from ‘Blade Runner’ to remind us why we love him so. 

  • Actor Rahul Bose’s video report on his two bananas—which cost him a whopping Rs 442.50 at the JW Marriott.  Soon everyone was posting their own #RahulBoseMoment on Twitter.

  • Want to let your BFF know that you always have her back? We have the perfect lion video for you.

  • Finally: a weird, random video of a baby emu trying to play with a black Lab. Just because...

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Stuff we buy, use or love.

A List of Hyaluronic Acid Essentials
It’s the skincare ingredient everyone raves about and beauty brands proudly tout. But what does it do? The simple answer: it’s the best ingredient which super-hydrates your skin but won’t clog your pores The detailed answer is here.
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When your oily/combo skin needs a hydrating cleanser…

Use Hada Labo’s Rohto Gokujyn Cleansing Foam. This Japanese product is a godsend for combination and oily skin. Over-dry skin of any kind just produces more oil to compensate for the dryness. The hyaluronic acid makes sure that your cleanser hydrates even as it thoroughly cleans your skin. So it won’t make your skin feel stripped and tight right after you use it. The low ph will also make sure that it doesn’t irritate sensitive or breakout-prone skin. (Note: If you have dry skin, this isn’t the product for you.)

Price: Rs 882 | Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Cleansing Foam | Amazon

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When your moisturiser is leaving your face dehydrated…

Buy a bottle of The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Many of us slap on heavy moisturiser and then are puzzled when our skin looks dry and tired. The solution is to add a quality hyaluronic serum which will attract and seal in the moisture so your skin looks all plump and dewy. The Ordinary version offers great quality and at a decent price. We personally use and love this one, and it’s lasted us nearly six months.

Price: Rs. 549 | The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum (30 ml) | lookfantastic

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When you’d rather skip that serum…

Opt for a hyaluronic-infused moisturiser from Neutrogena. Its Hydro Boost Water Gel is super-light and perfect for oily skin. For combo or drier skin types, opt for the Hydro Boost Gel Cream. What we love most about these products as Indians: they moisturise and hydrate without making your face feel greasy in our often humid weather. And they’re just as effective and easier on your pocket than their more expensive Clinique cousins. (Note: for super dry skin, we recommend the equally affordable and effective Cerave Moisturising Cream.)

Price: Rs. 849 | Neutrogena Hyrdo Boost Water Gel (50 gm) | Nykaa

Price: Rs. 1345| Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream (50 ml) | Care to Beauty


PS: Just remember two key facts about this magic ingredient. One: always apply to a moist face or else the acid will suck moisture from the nearest available source: i.e. your skin. Two: it won’t react to any other product you use—except glycolic-based ones. For more, here’s an excellent guide on its proper use.


PPS: These products are personally picked by the editors. We do not receive any revenue from the brands mentioned.

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