1. What’s the story?
The much-maligned institute of excellence, Jawaharlal Nehru University, is in the news again. This time, it’s about the fees. Its student body had been protesting for over three weeks against the draft hostel manual, “which has provisions for hostel fee hike, dress code and curfew timing.” Things ultimately came to a head on Monday, when hundreds of students attempted to march to the Parliament that was housing the first day of the Winter Session. Violence reportedly erupted as Delhi Police tried to use force to deter the protestors. A number of protesters and police personnel were injured, and Parliament stalled for a while amidst all this uproar.
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
Assam, that’s where. Thousands of midday meal workers across the state are all set to go on a strike soon — which might throw this important social security scheme into a jeopardy — affecting millions of children who are dependent on these meals for their daily nutritional needs.
3. What more?
These people pull rickshaws, sell tea, work as domestic help, and as daily wage labourers. They also “bare their souls in their writings and touch many hearts.” Here’s the story of India’s working class writers.
4. Anything else?
Kashmir has been in a virtual lockdown since August — when the Indian Government repealed its special status and suspended most forms of communication in the state. Now, many months later, here’s what some Kashmiri children have to say about the prevailing situation — youngsters well-versed in the vocabulary of night raids, detentions, and curfews. It’s a strange mix of the mundane and the horrific, the innocent and the guilty.
5. Is that all?
From Hong Kong to Chile, from Iraq to Lebanon, from Sudan to Turkey — 2019 has seen people across the world protesting against their Governments. Some of these protests have been successful, some haven’t. Some have been bloody, while some have been strangely non-violent. But all of them have one thing in common — a deliberate lack of an appointed protesting leader.
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at how, in a strange twist of events, Sweden has ended its years-long, high-profile investigation into Julian Assange over rape claims. (Quick recap: Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks that came into prominence in 2010, when it accessed and published damaging leaks about the internal practices of the US Army and Government.)