Recording India’s Linguistic Riches as Leaders Push Hindi as Nation’s Tongue

Ganesh Devy has spent decades documenting India’s hundreds of distinct languages. Up next: a 12,000-year history of India he hopes will help counter the government’s Hindu-first campaign.

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A Mural Celebrating Tipu Sultan Is Up for Auction. His Legacy is Contested.

The battle scene depicts a victory over British troops by an 18th-century Muslim, a man India’s current government would prefer was forgotten.

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Indian Court Upholds Ban on Hijabs in Schools

One school’s initial ban set off unrest and violence that spread to other schools in the southern state of Karnataka.

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Yogi Adityanath’s Election Win Raises His Profile Across India

Yogi Adityanath’s return as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is fueling talk that he might succeed Narendra Modi as prime minister one day, and continue to advance their Hindu political movement.

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India Elections: Uttar Pradesh Looks Likely to Stay in B.J.P.’s Hands 

Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, looks likely to stay in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s hands, despite the ravages of Covid and a plummeting economy.

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Build a New City or New Humans? A Utopia in India Fights Over Future.

Backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new leadership of Auroville, an experimental commune, wants to create a model city. In the way stand trees, tree houses and a take-it-slow tradition.

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India’s Congress Party Faces a Test of Survival as Punjab Votes

A defeat here, one of the few states where the once-dominant party still retains power, would be a major blow.

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No Hijabs for Now, Indian Court Tells Muslim Students

In a dispute that’s become a flash point over minority rights, students are told to avoid religious garments of all kinds, pending a ruling on whether schools can ban head scarves.

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As Hindu Extremists Call for Killing of Muslims, India’s Leaders Keep Silent

Right-wing Hindu activists at a conference took an oath to harm Muslims if necessary to make “a Hindu-only nation,” the most blatant example of rising anti-Muslim sentiment across India.

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India’s Christians Attacked Under Anti-Conversion Laws

“They want to remove us from society,” a Christian farmer said of Hindu extremists. Rising attacks on Christians are part of a broader shift in India, in which minorities feel less safe.

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Someone Offered ‘Harvard’ Jobs to Known Women in India. It Was a Scam.

For over a year, prominent women in India, including journalists, were reeled into a labyrinthine online scam, offering work with Harvard University. Who targeted them, and why, is a mystery.

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Militants Kill 2 Policemen in Kashmir as Violence Escalates

The clash on Monday came three days after a similar attack on a squad of police officers patrolling streets in northern Kashmir left two of its men dead.

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India Cities Ban Eggs, Drawing a Backlash

Food-cart rules spurred by conservative beliefs draw a backlash, showcasing the tensions around the country’s rising Hindu nationalist movement.

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Coffee or Chai? At 2 Kolkata Cafes, ‘Adda’ Is What’s Really on the Menu

Unrestricted talk, or “adda,” is the main draw at two storied cafes that are at once museums to the city’s intellectual history — and places for debate.

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How India’s Farmers Got Narendra Modi to Back Down

They received foreign and domestic financial support, kept their camps organized and looked for ways to be seen while trying to avoid violence.

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India Reporters Are Arrested Amid Tripura Crackdown

Faced with sectarian violence in the country’s northeast, the government has responded by disputing reports on the clashes and punishing those who covered them.

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Hindu Sect, BAPS, Accused of Using Forced Labor at Temples Across U.S.

BAPS, a prominent sect, faces accusations of exploiting low-caste laborers from India to run massive temples around the country.

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India’s Treatment of Muslims Erodes Its Moral High Ground

The hard-line attitude of Narendra Modi’s ruling party toward Muslims has undermined the nation’s reputation as a voice for tolerance in South Asia.

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India Evicts Muslims in Assam, Even Those Living There Legally

Critics say an Indian state’s campaign to expel longtime residents on government land marks the ruling party’s latest campaign against Muslims.

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India Farm Protests Threaten to Worsen After 8 Killed

The police are investigating whether the son of one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ministers was in a vehicle that slammed into protesters.

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Shashi Tharoor Is Cleared in India in Death of Sunanda Pushkar

Shashi Tharoor had been accused of driving Sunanda Pushkar to suicide in a case that the main opposition party had long criticized as politically motivated.

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‘Don’t Sacrifice Your Life to Visit the Taj Mahal’: India Reopens but Fear Pervades

As India emerges from a traumatic spring, its most famous monument is open again. But worries that another wave of infections may be looming have cast a pall over lives that feel stuck in limbo.

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India Reopens But Fear Pervades: ‘Don’t Sacrifice Your Life to Visit the Taj Mahal’

As India emerges from a traumatic spring, its most famous monument is open again. But worries that another wave of infections may be looming have cast a pall over lives that feel stuck in limbo.

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India May Fudge Its Covid Numbers, but the Ganges Does Not Lie

Floating corpses in the country’s holiest river are Exhibit A for the Modi administration’s failures and deceptions.

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Twitter Calls on Indian Government to Respect Free Speech

The social media platform criticized what it called “intimidation tactics,” saying it would push back on new rules that it said could rein in free speech online.

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Indian Police Visit Twitter Offices as Modi Goes on Pandemic Offense

The visit sent a clear message that India’s powerful ruling party is becoming increasingly upset with the company.

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Covid Desperation Is Spreading Across India

Infections, deaths and breakdowns that began in big cities a few weeks ago are rapidly advancing into rural areas, unleashing deep fear in places with little medical safety net.

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Hindu Sect Is Accused of Using Forced Labor to Build N.J. Temple

Federal agents descended on the massive temple in Robbinsville, N.J., as a lawsuit claimed low-caste men had been lured from India to work for about $1 an hour.

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I Know What It Takes to Defeat Narendra Modi

West Bengal’s voters showed they won’t put up with his misogyny and divisive politics.

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Modi’s Party Is Set to Lose a Key Election, Held Under the Cloud of Covid

The prime minister’s party looked likely to gain seats but fall short of victory in West Bengal amid criticism that his mishandling of the pandemic had fueled a catastrophic surge of cases in India.

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India’s Covid-19 Crisis Shakes Modi’s Image of Strength

Overconfidence and missteps contributed to the country’s devastating second wave, his critics say, tarnishing the prime minister’s aura of political invulnerability.

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India is Undercounting its Covid-19 Deaths

Fatalities have been overlooked or downplayed, understating the human toll of the country’s outbreak, which accounts for nearly half of all new cases in a global surge.

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A Fierce Election Tests Modi’s Campaign to Remake India

The prime minister’s party is vying to dethrone a powerful politician in West Bengal. Even a close race could demonstrate the growing reach of his Hindu nationalist movement.

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Cow Curriculum Becomes India’s Latest Ideological Battleground

The Hindu nationalist government postponed plans for a national student exam on cows that critics said used specious claims and substituted religion for science.

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Indian Court Rejects M.J. Akbar’s Defamation Claim in #MeToo Case

Priya Ramani had faced up to two years in prison after making sexual harassment accusations against M.J. Akbar, once a prominent member of the Modi government.

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Climate Activist Jailed in India as Government Clamps Down on Dissent

Disha Ravi, 21, is facing sedition charges, accused of sharing a Google Doc about the farmers protest with Greta Thunberg.

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India’s Farmers and Modi Weigh Options After New Delhi Clash

Farm leaders continued to demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government repeal new, market-friendly laws, while trying to deflect blame for the chaos that gripped New Delhi.

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Director of Amazon’s ‘Tandav’ Cuts Scenes After Pressure From India’s Hindu Nationalists

Faced with boycotts and criminal complaints, the director of “Tandav” made the edits this week. But that did not appear to satisfy some of the show’s critics, who called for him to be jailed.

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Kashmir Votes, and India Hails It as Normalcy in a Dominated Region

India’s ruling party worked to make Kashmir’s rural development council elections a showcase. But a visit by Times reporters showed a place still struggling under heavy-handed rule.

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Police in India Make First Arrest Under New Interfaith Marriage Law

A Muslim man was held under a state law passed to address accusations by Hindu nationalists that women are being lured into marriage in order to convert them to Islam.

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A Muslim-Hindu Kiss Puts Netflix India in the Crosshairs

Nationalist leaders decry scenes in the show “A Suitable Boy” between a Hindu and a Muslim, at a time of rising interfaith conflict and government efforts to control online content.

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Why India’s Muslims Reach for Liberalism

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes Hindus more equal than religious minorities, Muslims seek equality from the secular Constitution, not Shariah.

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Indian Court Acquits Hindu Leaders of Demolishing Historic Mosque

The 1992 destruction of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya by Hindu nationalists sparked sectarian violence in a country where Muslims feel increasingly oppressed.

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India Rounds Up Critics Under Cover of Virus Crisis, Activists Say

The Indian authorities arrested dozens of people during a nationwide lockdown. Human rights groups say many of the detentions are based on scant evidence.

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How China and India Came to Lethal Blows

Beijing saw a threat in New Delhi’s steady improvement of borderland infrastructure and renewed Indian claims on disputed territory.

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Its Coronavirus Caseload Soaring, India Is Reopening Anyway

Worried for its economy, India loosened tough restrictions and may lift them entirely this weekend. But infection numbers are climbing fast.

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In India, a Coronavirus Pandemic of Prejudice and Repression

The coronavirus outbreak has allowed authoritarianism and anti-Muslim sentiment to flourish.

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Worried About Coronavirus, India Tries to Head Off a Mass Hindu Pilgrimage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges Indians to stay home at a time when hundreds of thousands of Hindus usually try to gather at Ayodhya.

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‘If We Kill You, Nothing Will Happen.’ How Delhi’s Police Turned Against Muslims.

More evidence emerges that the Indian police took part in violence against Muslims or stood aside during fighting in the capital last month.

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