Above the Fold: Top stories of the day
1. The First Information Report about the encounter killings of 20 woodcutters in Andhra accuses the police personnel of murder.
2. Following on from the probe into Modi critic Teesta Setalvad's affairs, the Gujarat government has now accused the Ford Foundation of interfering in the state's internal affairs.
3. Canada is now set to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to India over the next five years.
4. Six offshoots of the old Janata Party have come together to form a party that will primarily take on the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The Big Story: The tide turns in favour of neutrality
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's consultation paper on licensing internet services, which covered net neutrality, made it seem as if it had already decided to violate net neutrality in an attempt to regulate the internet differently. That might no longer be a given. As of today, net neutrality advocates have sent in more than six lakh emails to the telecom regulator demanding that the principle that all traffic on the internet is treated the same by laid down.

Meanwhile, Flipkart's decision to walk away from an Airtel package that would have violated net neutrality has now prompted a number of other companies to jump on board the neutrality bandwagon. Cleartrip and NDTV both announced that they were leaving the Reliance and Facebook-led zero rated project, Internet.org, which would have offered those services to customers for free, while violating neutrality.

Amid all this the TRAI chairman has made conspiratorial claims about the neutrality debate being "confounded" by a media house's battle against a major telecom operator, as if to suggest attendant demands for a principle to be enshrined would not apply just because individual interests were in play.

The Big Scroll:
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Flipkart's bold decision to leave Airtel Zero, admittedly in the face of digital backlash, has paved the way for other companies to follow suit. Here's everything you need to know about net neutrality, and if you don't like too much text, you can learn about neutrality through video and images. This is what the taglines of major telecom operators would look like if they could violate the principle, and that serves as a reminder that Facebook and Google were happy to support neutrality in America but violate it elsewhere.   

Politicking & Policy-ing
1. The Congress suffered a major defeat after the Shiv Sena candidate beat former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane in a bypoll.
2. Bypolls elsewhere saw the Shiromani Akali Dal gain a majority in the Punjab assembly and the Congress hit the halfway mark in Uttarakhand's house.
2. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is hoping to add more Dalit representation to its top bodies.
3. The government has set up a panel to look into the Official Secrets Act, as demands for various documents to be declassified grow. 
4. The law ministry has informed the home ministry that a national anti-conversion law would not be feasible because it is a state subject.  


1. CR Bijoy in the Hindu says forests are being turned into conflict zones because the people who know them best, the tribals, are not being involved in the process of conservation and protection.  
2. World commodity trends and and poor internal policies could unite farmers against the current government, writes Ajay Jakhar in the Indian Express, calling on the state to change its minimum support price policy.
3. Rahul Jacob in the Business Standard says that India must accept it cannot be an export powerhouse, because the odds are stacked against it.
4. China might be taking the lead in Afghanistan, but Christophe Jaffrelot in the Indian Express insists that India should not worry because it is not a zero-sum game.