1. What’s the story?
Home Minister Amit Shah has been embroiled in a linguistic controversy for the past week. “Speaking on National Hindi Day in New Delhi on September 14, Amit Shah emphasised the need for Hindi to be made the common language of the country. It was necessary, Amit Shah said, to have one language which could represent India in the world.” This announcement then led to a series of protests around the nation – with citizens and politicians from across the spectrum criticizing the move. Shah, now, seems to be on the backfoot — claiming that he never sought to impose Hindi over other languages.
2. Where else should I be looking at?
The Supreme Court, that’s where. In a significant development regarding the ongoing debate on female bodily autonomy in the country, “The Centre has told the Supreme Court that the right to reproductive autonomy does not outweigh the state’s interest in protecting life of a foetus and therefore the ceiling of 20 weeks for abortion cannot be extended in a blanket manner.”
3. What more?
Union Minister Babul Supriyo faced protests from a section of students at Jadavpur University while visiting the campus on Thursday. Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das then tried to reason with the students as well as the minister, but to no avail. Later that evening, “…a section of students and outsiders allegedly having allegiance to the ABVP and armed with sticks set ablaze posters outside the Jadavpur University…” They also vandalized classrooms and offices, and allegedly deployed acid bombs. A large police force finally managed to bring the situation under control later on Thursday night. However, a number of students as well as the VC have been hospitalized due to injuries sustained during these incidents.
4. Anything else?
The world is in a state of climate emergency. Ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, and temperatures have soared in the past few years. Now, it seems to be posing serious threats to India’s food security.
5. Is that all?
On Wednesday, India’s current Government announced a complete ban on e-cigarettes due to various credible health reasons. The problem? It still owns 28% shares in ITC – India’s biggest cigarette manufacturer.
6. Before you leave…
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