In a Race to Shape the Future, History Is Under New Pressure

A wave of misleading revisionism has become epidemic in both autocracies and democracies. It has been notably effective — and contagious.

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India’s Rising Omicron Wave Brings a Grim Sense of Déjà Vu

Just months after Delta fueled hospital failures and funeral pyres, India’s leaders again offer a mixed message: Their political rallies are packed even as they order curfews and work closures.

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At Least 12 Die in Stampede at a Hindu Shrine in Kashmir

Thousands of devotees were visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine to mark the beginning of the year.

#deaths-fatalities, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #modi-narendra, #pilgrimages, #stampedes

India Cuts Off Foreign Funding of Mother Teresa’s Charity

The move is part of a tightening of rules on organizations financed by donations from abroad and comes amid a rise in attacks on religious minorities.

#freedom-of-religion, #india, #missionaries-of-charity, #modi-narendra, #philanthropy

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 Modi Brings Tap Water to Millions as Supplies Shrink

The ambitious project to meet a dire need shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strengths and helps explain his popularity despite a weakened economy.

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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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #india, #kashmir, #modi-narendra, #territorial-disputes, #terrorism

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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India’s Farmers Call Off Yearlong Protest Against Hated Farm Laws

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unexpectedly conceded protesters’ main demand weeks ago, but serious problems remain with the country’s agricultural system.

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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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The Indian Farmers’ Fight

How agricultural workers organized, protested and faced down Prime Minister Narendra Modi — and scored an unlikely victory.

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India’s Arrest of Kashmiri Activist, Khurram Parvez, Is Criticized

Khurram Parvez’s detention has deepened concerns that the Modi administration is abusing the law to squelch dissent.

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Modi to Repeal India Farm Laws Following Protests

The three measures were meant to overhaul the country’s troubled agricultural sector, but they sparked nearly a year of sustained demonstrations.

#agriculture-and-farming, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government

Stocks Soar in India, Luring Investors at Home and Abroad

The second-most populous country is enjoying some of the world’s strongest stock market returns. Pro-growth policies and gnawing questions about China have helped.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #india, #indian-rupee-currency, #modi-narendra, #paytm-payments-bank-ltd, #reserve-bank-of-india, #stimulus-economic, #stocks-and-bonds

India Risks Covid-19 Complacency After Its Vaccine Campaign

The success represents a major victory for Narendra Modi’s government, but a recent slowdown in new vaccinations has sparked worries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #india, #modi-narendra, #vaccination-and-immunization

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.

#assam-state-india, #bharatiya-janata-party, #evictions, #india, #modi-narendra

Narendra Modi’s Use of Antiterror Law Draws Scrutiny From Courts

India’s government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has jailed thousands of people through a statute that critics say is aimed at silencing dissent.

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Kashmir Seeing Surge in Militant Attacks, Two Teachers Are the Latest Victims

The killings on Thursday were the latest in a series of attacks largely targeting Hindu and Sikh civilians in Kashmir, where tensions are high after India revoked the region’s autonomy two years ago.

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For India’s Military, a Juggling Act on Two Hostile Fronts

Tensions with China and Pakistan stretch a cash-starved military, while the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban removes a potential ally.

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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

India’s I.C.M.R. Is a ‘Political Weapon’ Under Modi, Some Scientists Say

The country’s top science agency tailored its findings to fit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s optimistic narrative despite a looming crisis, researchers say.

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India’s Economic Figures Belie Covid-19’s Toll

Strong results compared with last year’s performance mask lingering weaknesses that could hold back needed job creation.

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One Village Quelled the Virus. The Next Was Overrun. It’s a Bad Sign for India.

The uneven response to India’s catastrophic second wave, coupled with widespread vaccine hesitancy, indicates that the coronavirus is here to stay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #modi-narendra, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #vaccination-and-immunization

How India’s Covid-Hit Hospitals Ran Out of Oxygen

A cascading series of failures, from the central government on down, left hospitals across India without medical oxygen, killing hundreds. One tragic night in Delhi shows how it happened.

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The Struggles of India’s Vaccine Giant

How an export ban has left millions of people without coronavirus vaccines and imperiled the reputation of the Serum Institute of India, world’s largest vaccine maker.

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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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India’s Covid Crisis Tests Modi’s Ability to Shift Narratives

His efforts to squelch dissent and to accentuate the positive may not be able to counter widespread anger over his government’s stumbling response, undermining a key part of his strategy for wielding power.

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India and Israel Inflame Facebook’s Fights With Its Own Employees

The social network wrongly bowed to government demands to take down content in the countries, employees said, in more signs of internal dissent.

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New Delhi Reopens a Crack Amid Gloomy Economic Forecast for India

The Indian capital lifted restrictions on manufacturing and construction, critical drivers of an economy that has been battered by the pandemic.

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Delhi Reopens a Crack Amid Gloomy Economic Forecast for India

The Indian capital lifted restrictions on manufacturing and construction, critical drivers of an economy that has been battered by the pandemic.

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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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WhatsApp Sues India’s Government to Stop New Internet Rules

The rules, which would require WhatsApp to make people’s messages traceable, would violate people’s privacy, the messaging service said.

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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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Donations to India Get Blocked by Modi’s Tough New Rules

International donors are raising millions, but the Modi administration has erected hurdles for overseas organizations and guided money toward officially endorsed groups.

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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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India’s Serum Institute Struggled to Meet Its Covid-19 Vows

The Serum Institute vowed to protect the country from Covid-19 and inoculate the world’s poor, but India’s crisis has pushed it past its limits.

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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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Deaths Mount at an Indian Hospital After Oxygen Runs Out

At least 10 people, and possibly as many as 24, died after a hospital ran out of an increasingly precious resource here: medical oxygen. It was the latest in a growing series of such accidents.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #hospitals, #india, #karnataka-india, #modi-narendra, #oxygen

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.

#all-india-trinamool-congress, #banerjee-mamata, #bharatiya-janata-party, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #modi-narendra, #west-bengal-india

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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‘This Is a Catastrophe.’ In India, Illness Is Everywhere.

As India suffers the world’s worst coronavirus crisis, our New Delhi bureau chief describes the fear of living amid a disease spreading at such scale and speed.

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Biden to Send Coronavirus Vaccine Abroad

President Biden will send up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine to countries pleading for help, but some see a medicine dropper for “a four-alarm fire.”

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As Covid Outbreak Rages, India Orders Critical Social Media Posts to Be Taken Down

Aimed at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the move sets up a clash over free speech amid a widening political and public health crisis.

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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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India Scrambles to Supply Oxygen as Covid-19 Patients Gasp for Breath

The Supreme Court ordered the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come up with a national oxygen distribution plan as coronavirus cases continue to set records.

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Accident at Covid Hospital in India Kills at Least 22 as Cases Surge

At least 22 people died from loss of oxygen in a hospital accident. Infections hit a daily record. And the government faced criticism for allowing an enormous Hindu festival to continue.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #india, #maharashtra-india, #modi-narendra, #nashik-india, #oxygen, #politics-and-government, #shortages

In India, a Second Wave of Covid-19 Prompts a New Exodus

Low-paid workers are starting to flee the cities en masse, just like a year ago. But their hometowns, often in far-flung places, may once again be ill prepared to test arrivals and treat the sick.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #india, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

India Covid-19 Crisis Deepened by Missteps and Complacency

The new wave will hurt global efforts and vaccine supplies, experts say. Researchers are scrambling to assess whether new coronavirus variants are playing a role in India.

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