Recommended Sunday Reading—April 30

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100 daze of Trump: euphoria and nausea on the White House rollercoaster

Trump, the reality TV candidate who trampled electoral norms, proceeded to trample presidential norms just as surely. There were the same bogus assertions, impetuous tweets, petty spats, brazen conflicts of interest, bilious attacks on the press (“the enemy of the people”) and a distinct whiff of authoritarianism. There was also a missile strike ordered over the “most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve seen”. In The Guardian.

Every Girl’s Guide to the streets of UP

In Varanasi, the anti-Romeo squad, stationed outside schools and colleges, malls and liquor shops, has been more successful in nabbing bike thieves and chain-snatchers, rather than checking molestation. “The police have received more calls from the elderly about Romeos,” says Anurag Arya, who heads the city’s anti-Romeo squad.

The writer behind a Muslim Marvel Superhero on her faith in comics

Wilson’s “Ms Marvel” is part of a long-delayed demographic shift in the world of comic books. Thor is now a woman; the Hulk is a Korean teen-ager. The “Black Panther” franchise has been remade by Ta-Nehisi Coates, who has recruited other prominent black writers—recently, Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey became the first two black women to write comics for the company. Kamala Khan is the first Muslim superhero at Marvel to have her own series, and though the character has been greeted with enthusiasm—the first issue reached a rare seventh printing—there has also been a backlash, which Wilson addressed on her Web site in a blog post titled “So About That Whole Thing.” In The New Yorker.

Water to the power of four

In the Four Waters concept, the central focus is on using rain water, surface water and groundwater, and maintenance of soil moisture at a high level. It provides crops with protection from extreme heat and lack of irrigation. The results are astonishing. Gottigarpally now has a healthy groundwater table and farmers are able to cultivate two or three crops a year. Today, the water is visible at a three-metre depth in one pit and at 25 feet in an open well. In The Hindu.

In Mexico, ‘It’s easy to kill a journalist’

“We have lived in this hell for some time now,” said Octavio Bravo, a journalist staring at the coffin of a colleague gunned down in Veracruz last year. “You can’t imagine the frustration, the impotence we are feeling.” Mexico is one of the worst countries in the world to be a journalist today. At least 104 journalists have been murdered in this country since 2000, while 25 others have disappeared, presumed dead. On the list of the world’s deadliest places to be a reporter, Mexico falls between the war-torn nation of Afghanistan and the failed state of Somalia. In The New York Times.

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