1. What’s the story?
India protested on Thursday. An unprecedented mass show of public discontent with the current Government and its newly passed Citizenship Amendment Act saw the country come to a standstill. Two people died in Mangaluru and one in Lucknow as a result of violent clashes between the protestors and the police. Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the nation, including Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai. (Quick recap: The Citizenship Amendment Act gives eligibility for Indian citizenship to illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and who entered India on or before 31 December 2014. The Act does not include Muslims.)
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
Kashmir, that’s where. The state has been under virtual lockdown since August, with no signs of normalcy returning anytime soon. And here’s the story of a young journalist forced to work as a labourer after 143 days of internet shutdown (and counting.)
3. What more?
A special bench of Peshawar High Court has announced the death penalty (in absentia) for former Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf. In a bizarre ruling, the judges also said that “if found dead, his corpse be dragged to the Democracy Chowk in Islamabad, Pakistan and be hanged for three days.”
4. Anything else?
The green revolution has widely been heralded as India’s economic and agricultural miracle. It was what “sparked India’s obsession with rice.” However, it now seems that replacing rice with other different grains might just be better for personal and global health.
5. Is that all?
US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un seemed to be heading towards being best friends. Until they suddenly weren’t. Here’s how Trump’s North Korean diplomacy fell apart.
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at this story of a man who bought no food for one whole year, and claims to have never been healthier.