1. What’s the story?
In a move that has surprised many, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, was booked by the Central Government under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Adullah had already been under house arrest since early August, when Article 370 was repealed by the Indian Government. (Quick recap: The Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978, which, ironically enough, was initiated by Farooq Abdullah’s father, Sheikh Abdullah, gives the Government the power to act in the “interest of the security of the State and public order”. Under this Act, an individual can be detained for up to two years without trial.)
2. Where else should I be looking at?
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), that’s where. Left representatives won all the seats in the recently concluded student elections there.
3. What more?
The fraught relationship between the Indian state and Adivasis has been a topic of much debate. Here’s why “…Beyond access, educational institutes must be sensitive towards cultural differences”, and “prevent the positioning of tribals as inferiors”.
4. Anything else?
Jini Dinshaw from Mumbai is 90 years old, runs the city’s oldest orchestra, and has no plans of slowing down any time soon. “Feted around the world…” she “…has trained generations of young musicians gratis, entirely for the love of Western classical music.”
5. Is that all?
A Mumbai neighbourhood is so polluted that it has been declared unfit for human habitation. Residents, however, still persist. Here is that disturbing but essential story.
6. Before you leave…
Read about how the UK’s liberal democrats are betting almost their very existence in order to stop Brexit.