Protests Throw India's Capital Into Crisis

The Takeaway

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In the Indian capital of Delhi, protesters sabotaged a key canal, which has left more than 10 million without water. At least 19 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured.

The protesters belong to the Jat caste, a group mostly consisting of farmers, who are demanding official status as a "backwards class," which would make them eligible for government jobs and education quotas.

Sanjoy Majumder, India correspondent for BBC News, explains how the mega-city of Delhi is coping with such unrest.

What you'll learn from this segment:

  • Why The Jats are protesting in Delhi.
  • What's happened to the city's water supply. 
  • How the government is responding.