quick reads

The big news: Modi speaks to Andhra Pradesh CM amid special status row, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: The Supreme Court restored Hadiya and Shafin Jahan’s marriage, and the CBI challenged the Talwars’ acquittal in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Narendra Modi speaks to Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu amid row over special status for state: The Telugu Desam Party’s two MLAs resigned from the Union Cabinet earlier on Thursday, leading to reciprocal action by BJP ministers in Naidu’s Cabinet.
  2. Supreme Court restores Hadiya’s marriage, says ‘personal relationships are core of India’s plurality’: The bench, however, allowed the NIA to continue its investigation into the allegations of forced conversion.
  3. CBI moves Supreme Court challenging Talwars’ acquittal in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case: The Law Ministry had granted the agency permission to appeal against the Allahabad High Court’s verdict from October.   
  4. Mehul Choksi tells CBI he cannot appear for questioning because of a ‘persisting health problem’: The jeweller, who is an accused in the Rs 12,703-crore Punjab National Bank scam, criticised the agency for causing prejudice against him by seizing his assets.   
  5. Mobs continue to run amok in Sri Lanka, authorities lift curfew in Kandy for a few hours: The military claimed that the city was quiet on Wednesday night and early Thursday, but local residents said otherwise.    
  6. Karnataka government unveils new state flag, will send it to Centre for approval: The flag, which has yellow, white and red strips, has the state emblem – the ‘Ganda Bherunda’, a two-headed mythical bird – in the middle.  
  7. Mothers-in-law should take the initiative to protect the girl child, says Narendra Modi: The current generation has to correct the mistakes their elders made when it came to the girl child, the prime minister said in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu city.   
  8. Convoy carrying relief supplies for Syria’s Eastern Ghouta enclave stopped amid reports of chlorine attack: There were reports that government forces had carried out a chlorine gas strike in its fight to weed out rebel groups from the region.    
  9. Centre says it will soon invite informal offers from firms seeking to invest in Air India: Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said the government also wanted to invite buyers for national helicopter carrier Pawan Hans.   
  10. Police baton-charge protestors seeking CBI inquiry into Kathua rape and murder, many injured: One person was in critical condition after he was hit by a bus during the protest, the police said.   
Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

What is it about Tom Clancy’s characters?

In the mammoth Jack Ryan series, Tom Clancy creates a compelling protagonist who is as cerebral as he is action-oriented.

Jack Ryan (Ph.D., CPA, KCVO) has had an eventful life. He’s served as a marine, made a fortune worth millions after retirement from the military, earned a doctorate degree in history and beaten up a lot of bad guys along the way. He is a unique action hero, in that he has also been a US Marine, an investment broker, a history teacher, a CIA analyst rising to Deputy Director, National Security Advisor, vice president and eventually the President of the United States of America! This multipotentialite is the protagonist of Tom Clancy’s ‘Ryanverse’ - the term used to refer to the fictional universe he built over 10 books.

Jack Ryan is a complex hero. Before he was beating up bad guys Hollywood-style, he also took a year to learn to walk again and battled painkiller addiction. Before he became the POTUS, jet-setting around the world on official matters, he nursed a crushing phobia of flying. A reluctant president, he nonetheless campaigns for a second term and even has foreign policy named after him - the ‘Ryan Doctrine’- in the tradition of some past US presidents.

Other prominent characters in Ryanverse have equally rollercoaster-like story arcs. John Clark/Kelly - Ryan’s bodyguard - is tragedy’s favourite child, having lost his parents in childhood and later wife. After a whirlwind adventure involving two gunshots and 16 murders, John Kelly ended up having to change his identity to John Clark. He, unlike Ryan, has an unusually strong aversion to drugs.

In the later books, Tom Clancy also devotes space to Jack Ryan Jr, who takes after his father more ways than one. An intelligence analyst by profession, Jack Jr, too, is adept in firearms, close-quarter combat, surveillance and espionage. Jack Jr has a tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend, a CIA operative herself, with whom he parts after she’s revealed to be an indirect intelligence asset.

Ryanverse is replete with scores of characters of all shades - spies, soldiers, terrorists, politicians and criminals - that set in motion events that threaten the course of world order. Clancy’s varied interests and love for research culminates in an action series which also explores history, politics, international relations and the human condition, especially when it comes to loss and grief. All his prominent characters are fighting some personal demons even as they chase down enemies that are equally complex.

Ryanverse’s charismatic leading man has also been the focus of five Hollywood films. Actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine have all portrayed the iconic character at various stages of his career. Now, John Krasinski takes up the role in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, playing a gifted-analyst-turned-reluctant-action-hero thrown into a global terrorism conspiracy. Watch the trailer of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan below.

Play

Jack Ryan is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. You can watch it here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Amazon Prime Video and not by the Scroll editorial team.