1. What’s the story?
Rajya Sabha has passed the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, and parts of India have erupted into violence. As 6 Things had covered here earlier, ordinary citizens do not seem to be buying the Government’s official line — that the CAB is a bill that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees who escaped religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan — with no malice towards people from a particular community. On Thursday night, two people died in Assam over protests against this bill, while many others were injured. As the President gave his approval to the bill, other states also saw widespread unrest. According to experts, the protests are not set to end anytime soon.
2. What else should I be keeping my eyes on?
The Nanavati-Mehta Commission, that’s what. The Gujarat Government has tabled the final part of the report by this Commission, created to investigate the 2002 Godhra riots in the state. In an unsurprising turn of events, the report has given a clean chit to the then-Narendra Modi-run state Government.
3. What more?
In an expected (albeit important) move, the Supreme Court of India has dismissed all the petitions seeking review of its November 9 verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case. (As 6 Things had covered here earlier, the highest court of the country had opined that the disputed site occupied by the Babri mosque was to be used to build a Ram temple. The review pleas in question were all pleading with the bench to reverse this judgment.)
4. Anything else?
In a bizarre development, communities in Bhopal have just banned pre-wedding photo shoots (of all things!), claiming that they are “not our culture.” Even state ministers have expressed their support for this ban.
5. Is that all?
On Thursday, the UK held arguably its most important election of this century — with the showdown between Tory party’s Boris Johnson and Labour party’s Jeremy Corbyn being billed as the final end to the three-year-long “Brexit stalemate”.
6. Before you leave…