1. What’s the story?
In an unexpected shift of voter opinions, West Bengal’s ruling party — Trinamool Congress — has swept the first set of by-elections in the state. This is a marked departure from the Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year, when BJP had won a large number of seats — sweeping into power at the Centre. The possible reasons behind the Bengali voter’s sharp U-turn might be worth delving into.
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
Maharashtra, that’s where. After more than a month of dramatic developments and deliberations (as 6 Things had earlier covered here and here), Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackarey was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state — at the helm of an unlikely Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena alliance.
3. What more?
Sharad Arvind Bobde became India’s newest Chief Justice last week. He assumes the position during interesting times — taking over when the post is more powerful than ever. (Quick recap: The Chief Justice of India is the head of the judiciary of India and the Supreme Court of India. The CJI also heads their administrative functions.)
4. Anything else?
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is an optimistic woman. Even though indicators strongly say the opposite (as 6 Things had lastly covered here), she is determined to prove that India is not going through a recession. “It is not a recession. It will never be recession…” she claimed in the Rajya Sabha this Wednesday, provoking a strong response from around the nation.
5. Is that all?
It was the great American holiday of Thanksgiving this Thursday. Surprisingly enough, almost all of the traditional knowledge about it seems to have been fabricated. Here’s a quick history of the “massacres, myths, and the making of the great November holiday.”
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at how the early internet is breaking down — and how these people are saving it.