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This week in Tortoise: Modi’s warrior pose

This week in Tortoise: Modi’s warrior pose

Here’s a different take on the culture wars: yoga nationalism. This week’s Slow Newscast investigates Narendra Modi’s use of yoga to drive a Hindu nationalist agenda at home and as an arsenal of Indian soft power around the world. It’s also another case of how the rewriting of history is going generally unexplored and unnoticed. Please do listen to Modi’s warrior pose – and remember to breathe. 

Do also listen out for Nazanin, Ceri Thomas’s five-part series that Tortoise has produced for the BBC. As you may remember, Ceri investigated the tank debt that has stood in the way of the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British woman held hostage in Iran for nearly six years, in a Slow Newscast last November. The BBC asked Ceri to keep going. The result is not just an exceptional piece of incisive, determined reporting. It is a shameful examination of government: the obstructions in Whitehall, the compromises the UK has made to keep the US on side and the original corruption of the tank deal, the price of which is still being paid by Nazanin, her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella. 

On the ThinkIn agenda this week: British politics, crypto, Covid and mental health…

  • Who is Rishi Sunak? Join us for an examination of the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer and, quite possibly, next prime minister tonight at 6.30pm London time.
  • Is Bitcoin a good investment? Join us tomorrow, online or in person, at 6.30pm.
  • On Wednesday at 6.30pm, it’s our weekly Open News meeting and we’re going to consider the UK’s record on the coronavirus – and any issues you think we should be thinking about.
  • Could therapeutic MDMA treat PTSD? General Sir Nick Carter, who has given his support to trials for British soldiers, joins us on Thursday at 6.30pm to consider new treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and acute mental health issues.

The Sensemaker daily newsletter will try to see the wood for the trees in Downing Street, the Metropolitan Police and Ukraine.

Have a very good week. 


James Harding
Editor & co-founder