Vauhini Vara on ‘The Immortal King Rao,’ Her Dystopian Novel That Crosses Into Reality

In Vauhini Vara’s debut novel, a boy from rural India becomes a tech mogul in a world consumed by Big Tech. What seemed impossible, she said, has become real, in life and in technology.

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What an All-Women Newspaper in India Shows Us About Democracy

As Dalit women, they are deeply familiar with living under threat.

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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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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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What ‘Structural Racism’ Really Means

As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”

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‘They Are Manufacturing Foreigners’: How India Disenfranchises Muslims

Persecution in a remote Indian province spawned Modi’s new draconian citizenship law.

#assam-state-india, #caste-systems, #delhi-india, #discrimination, #floods, #hinduism, #modi-narendra, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy

Why Is Caste Inequality Still Legal in America?

This discrimination is real, and federal law should reflect that.

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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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Vira Sathidar, Cultural Figure Who Fought India’s Caste System, Dies at 62

After a career of activism on behalf of the lower castes, Mr. Sathidar was cast in a movie that reflected his life. He died of complications of Covid-19.

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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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A Black and Asian Female V.P. Doesn’t Mean We’ve Escaped Caste

Isabel Wilkerson on why a new presidency alone can’t fix America’s 400-year-old race-based hierarchy.

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How Does an 83-Year-Old Jesuit End Up in Prison?

Father Stan Swamy spent decades fighting for the rights of India’s marginalized people. In October, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government imprisoned him under antiterrorism laws.

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India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning

Anand Patwardhan spent decades tracking the rise of Hindu nationalism. And now, under an increasingly repressive government, he holds his screenings in secret.

#caste-systems, #censorship, #india, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india

Woman Dies in Delhi After Gang Rape, Fueling Outrage Again in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for justice in the rape case, in Uttar Pradesh. But after years of rampant sexual violence, prosecutions remain rare.

#caste-systems, #india, #modi-narendra, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

We Need to Talk About ‘Indian Matchmaking’

The Netflix show is controversial. But it tells awkward truths about my community.

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Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By

Drawn by jobs or land offered by Muslim groups, some Hindus, facing discrimination and a virus-ravaged economy, are essentially converting to survive.

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Coronavirus Forced Indian Workers on a Deadly Journey

Amrit and Saiyub were among the millions of Indian workers forced onto the road by the coronavirus lockdown. Nothing could shake their friendship in an unforgiving world.

#caste-systems, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #modi-narendra, #poverty, #remittances

The Specter of Caste in Silicon Valley

Indian immigrants from Dalit backgrounds are rising up against caste discrimination at their workplaces in the United States.

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America’s Enduring Caste System

Our founding ideals promise liberty and equality for all. Our reality is an enduring racial hierarchy that has persisted for centuries.

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India Debates Skin-Tone Bias as Beauty Companies Alter Ads

America’s intense conversation on race has focused attention on a type of discrimination that has long vexed India.

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Sewer Cleaners Wanted in Pakistan: Only Christians Need Apply.

In Pakistan, descendants of lower-caste Hindus who converted to Christianity centuries ago still find themselves marginalized, relegated to dirty jobs and grim fates.

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What Is the Coronavirus Doing to North Korea?

There are no cases here, Kim Jong-un’s government claims, while acting as if its survival were at stake.

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India’s Coronavirus Lockdown Is Zealously Observed

Volunteers set up their own roadblocks. Neighborhoods set their own limits. The efforts could help the fractious country battle the outbreak but risk also stoking divisions and xenophobia.

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