1. What’s the story?
Almost a week after India’s landmark repeal of Article 370, the situation in Kashmir shows no sign of simmering down. Even though communication has not been fully restored in the valley, there have been sporadic news of unrest, police-civilian clashes, pellet wounds, business losses, and more.
2. Who else should I be looking at?
Sandeep Pandey, that’s who. The Magsaysay Award-winning social activist was put under house arrest in Lucknow on Sunday to deter him from organizing a protest march against the revoking of Article 370.
3. What more?
Dr Vallabh Kathiria is India’s top cow official. According to him, cows are linked to more than 20 ministries, including external affairs and aviation.
4. Anything else?
Kerala is underwater again. Even though the incessant rains stopped on Saturday, the death toll has reached 46, with lakhs of people displaced. More than 50 people are still missing. More than 80 landslides have also been reported across the state in the past few days.
5. Is that all?
Until the late 1980s, cannabis was legal in India. Use of this substance can be traced back to the Vedic times, and still remains part of certain Hindu rituals and traditions. “Before India signed the Single Geneva Convention of 1961—which classified cannabis products and opiates as narcotics—ganja, charas, and bhang were sold through government outlets, as per a system laid down by the British government…” Here is how it really was to smoke up in India before the criminalization of marijuana.
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at all that’s being said about the apparent suicide of disgraced money manager and alleged sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, who was lodged in a jail in New York, was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday.