1. What’s the story?
Sunday evening saw a large group of masked men unleash unprecedented violence on students and teachers of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University — arguably one of the best educational institutes of the nation. This attack has come at a time when parts of the country is still on the boil with regular protests against the newly minted citizenship acts. The situation still remains tense.
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
Maharashtra, that’s where. If BJP leader Nitin Gadkari is to be believed, the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance is due to collapse in a few days. Ministers apparently have already started resigning — with news of discontent trickling out steadily.
3. What more?
In an important development in a neighbouring nation, a “court in Bangladesh Sunday issued an arrest warrant against Bangladesh’s first Hindu chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, on charges of embezzling 4 crore taka (INR 3.4 crore). Sinha has been in the crosshairs of the Awami League Party government in Bangladesh since his 2017 verdict clipped parliament’s wings in removing SC judges, causing a political storm in the country.
4. Anything else?
A controversy is brewing in Bihar. Its Deputy Chief Minister, Sushil Kumar Modi, has declared that the first phase of the National Population Register is going to be conducted by the second week of May — sparking widespread panic and protests across the state. Industries Minister and JD(U) leader Shyam Rajak, however, claimed to not have knowledge of any such decision. (Quick recap: The NPR, which will be carried out under the aegis of the Registrar General and ex-Officio Census Commissioner of the country, is expected to create a comprehensive database containing particulars of the identity of every “usual resident” in the country. This database will contain demographic and certain other particulars.)
5. Is that all?
Iranian General, Qassem Soleimani, was killed by an American drone strike, setting off widespread speculation about the likely fallout for geopolitics in the Middle East. Here are nine big questions about this major news, answered by an expert.
6. Before you leave…
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