Weekend reads: Two recent papers support the idea of 'Arya' migration into India, and more

Weekend reads: Two recent papers support the idea of Arya migration into India, and nine other stories
The archaeological site in Mohenjo-daro. File/AFP
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Here are 10 must-read stories from around the globe this Sunday:

1. Who were the Harappans? Who were the 'Arya'? The answers are in the two population genetics papers just published, which confirm that there indeed an 'Arya' migration into India after 2000 BCE, writes Tony Joseph in The Hindu

2. From demonetisation to Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister Modi has sprung many decisions on the nation to project himself as a strong leader. But were the consequences of the actions always carefully thought through? Mark Tully writes in The Wire

Weekend reads: Two recent papers support the idea of Arya migration into India, and more
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

3. “We cannot be selective about the past in Jammu & Kashmir,” argues Karan Thapar, in his opinion piece in Hindustan Times

4. In the 1980s, the Coomar Narain spy case rocked the corridors of power in Delhi. Over a decade later, he was dead and his wife was found strangled in a farmhouse. No Family showed up at her funeral. Search for his legal heir led the police to the door of one-time petty thief in Mangalore. Mahender Singh Manral tells the the story on the spy and stepson in The Indian Express

5. Heavy fines a way, but crush apathy for road safety, writes Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar in Times of India.

6. It is obligatory for Indians to keep the memories of Shankar Guha Niyogi - the Marxist, Ambedkarite and Gandhian - alive, writes Ramachandra Guha in the Telegraph

7. Cannabidiol has been hailed as a wonder ingredient, added to everything from ice-cream to hummus. But is it more than just a wellness trend? Eleanor Morgan writes in The Guardian

8. Anyone who wants to enact "big, structural change" will find themselves stymied by the Democratic Party establishment. So why is Elizabeth Warren cozying up to that establishment? Branko Marcetic writes in Jacobin

9. The Continuing Legacy of 9/11: How disasters ripple through communities, affecting people in surprising ways over decades, writes Caroline Lester in The New Yorker

10. Anuj Vignesh lists five characters who could fit right into the magical, whimsical, absurd and mostly incomprehensible game of cricket we all hate to love, in the Cricket Monthly

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