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.

#metoo-movement, #akbar-m-j, #bharatiya-janata-party, #india, #priya-ramani, #sexual-harassment

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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.

#adityanath-yogi, #bharatiya-janata-party, #hinduism, #india, #marriages, #modi-narendra, #muslims-and-islam, #uttar-pradesh-state-india

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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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hinduism, #india, #kissing, #muslims-and-islam, #nair-mira, #netflix-inc, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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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.

#arunachal-pradesh-india, #bharatiya-janata-party, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #international-relations, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #ladakh-india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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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.

#adityanath-yogi, #bharatiya-janata-party, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hinduism, #india, #modi-narendra, #pilgrimages, #politics-and-government, #uttar-pradesh-state-india

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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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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