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Indian Elections: Gandhi Siblings v. Mister Modi

The full plunge of Priyanka Gandhi into Indian politics, alongside brother Rahul, is a whole new challenge for President Narendra Modi ahead of this spring's general elections.

A 2017 image of Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi paying homage to their assassinated father Rajiv
A 2017 image of Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi paying homage to their assassinated father Rajiv
Sushil Aaron

NEW DELHI — Two years ago, Narendra Modi would have imagined a very different 2019 election campaign awaiting him.

He would have expected his dominance on the national stage to continue until the start of the year, ahead of the spring general elections. He would have foreseen his chief ally, BJP party leader Amit Shah, operating machine politics with the granular grasp of India's demography to inexorably drive Modi to a second term in power. The cloying and pliable section of the media would be egging him on, the opposition would be in disarray and corporate figures would not have the nerve to envisage a government without him, and plan accordingly.

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Yes, Her Too: A Feminist Reading Of The Depp Vs. Heard Case

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation suit has become a Hollywood media (sh*t) storm, but there are troubling real consequences in the way domestic violence is being portrayed, when the victim is less-than-perfect.

Fans welcome Johnny Depp with "Justice For Johnny" signs at the defamation trial against Amber Heard.

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First the background: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met in 2012. They started a relationship when Depp was still with Vanessa Paradis, and eventually married in 2015. Fifteen months later, Heard filed for divorce, accusing Depp of domestic violence and asking for a restraining order.

In the lawsuit, Heard said, ”I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.” They then made a million-dollar settlement, and soon after, Heard asked for the restraining order to be dropped.

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