India’s Next President Will Make History When She’s Sworn In

Droupadi Murmu, who was elected to the largely ceremonial post this week, will be the first president from one of India’s Indigenous tribes.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #caste-systems, #india, #modi-narendra, #odisha-india, #women-and-girls

India’s Economy Is Growing Quickly. Why Can’t It Produce Enough Jobs?

The disconnect is a result of India’s uneven growth, powered and enjoyed by the country’s upper strata.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #income-inequality, #india, #modi-narendra, #oxfam

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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #content-type-personal-profile, #devy-ganesh-narayan, #discrimination, #hindi-language, #hinduism, #india, #language-and-languages, #modi-narendra, #muslims-and-islam, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government

Desperate to Flee Attacks, Kashmir Hindus Say Officials Lock the Exits

Decades after militant violence forced Hindus out of the disputed region, they have been shaken by an intensifying string of targeted killings.

#hinduism, #kashmir, #modi-narendra, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #targeted-killings

India Finds Russian Oil an Irresistible Deal, No Matter the Diplomatic Pressure

A parade of emissaries have urged a harder line on Russia. But India’s political neutrality over the war in Ukraine has expanded into economic opportunism.

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Kashmir Journalists Face Forbidding Pattern: Arrest, Bail, Rearrest

The practice, employed against at least three journalists in the restive region, is being used to limit free speech and chill news reporting, activists say.

#freedom-of-the-press, #hizbul-mujahedeen, #india, #kashmir, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #kashmir-walla-the, #modi-narendra, #news-and-news-media, #shah-fahad-journalist, #srinagar-jammu-and-kashmir

India Is Stalling the W.H.O.’s Efforts to Make Global Covid Death Toll Public

The agency has calculated that 15 million people have died as a result of the pandemic, far more than earlier estimates, but has yet to release those numbers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #india, #medicine-and-health, #modi-narendra, #research, #statistics, #united-nations, #world-health-organization

Biden Urges Modi Not to Increase India’s Reliance on Russian Oil and Gas

The United States hopes to convince India to come off the fence over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but New Delhi and Moscow have deep historic ties.

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Biden Meets With India’s Prime Minister Over Ukraine

India, heavily dependent on Russian weapons, has long tried not to take sides between Moscow and Washington. It has refrained from denouncing Russia’s invasion or imposing sanctions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #india, #modi-narendra, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

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.

#art, #auctions, #bharatiya-janata-party, #east-india-co, #india, #modi-narendra, #mughal-empire, #muslims-and-islam, #sothebys

Putin’s War Is Complicating India’s Middle Path Among Powers

India has been reluctant to criticize Russia, long an important ally. But China’s rise, and its closeness to Vladimir Putin, is creating new pressure.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #india, #international-relations, #jaishankar-subrahmanyam, #lavrov-sergey-v, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #territorial-disputes, #wang-yi, #war-and-armed-conflicts

India General Strike Protests Narendra Modi’s Economic Policies

The two-day strike, involving both public and private sector workers, was called to protest the Modi government’s economic policies, including a privatization plan.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #modi-narendra, #organized-labor, #privatization, #strikes

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.

#adityanath-yogi, #bharatiya-janata-party, #elections, #hate-speech, #hinduism, #modi-narendra, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #rashtriya-swayamsevak-sangh-india, #uttar-pradesh-state-india

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.

#aam-aadmi-party-india, #adityanath-yogi, #bharatiya-janata-party, #india, #indian-national-congress, #modi-narendra, #uttar-pradesh-state-india

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.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #auroville-india, #bharatiya-janata-party, #communes, #india, #land-use-policies, #modi-narendra, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #sustainable-living

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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #dress-codes, #education-k-12, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #karnataka-india, #modi-narendra, #muslim-veiling, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations

In India, a Bellwether for Narendra Modi as Voters Head to Polls

While many voters say they are concerned about the economy, the prime minister’s party has placed a focus on religion, with often polarizing effects.

#adityanath-yogi, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #hinduism, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #uttar-pradesh-state-india, #voting-and-voters

India’s budget focuses on roads, but critics see need for more jobs.

Narendra Modi’s plan calls for a big increase in infrastructure spending. Some say more must be done to create jobs for the country’s young work force.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #modi-narendra

India’s Militarized Nagaland Calls for End to Army Impunity

A deadly mistaken ambush by soldiers seeking rebels in the country’s northeast has renewed attention on a special powers act that residents say perpetuates fear and harassment.

#deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #modi-narendra, #nagaland-india, #peace-process, #search-and-seizure, #terrorism

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #elections, #hospitals, #kejriwal-arvind, #kolkata-india, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india, #new-delhi-india, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #discrimination, #india, #modi-narendra, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #uttar-pradesh-state-india, #uttarakhand-india

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.

#conservation-of-resources, #drought, #india, #levees-and-dams, #madhya-pradesh-india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shortages, #water, #water-pollution, #wells

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.

#agriculture-and-farming, #ahmedabad-india, #bharatiya-janata-party, #caste-systems, #diet-and-nutrition, #eggs, #food, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #gujarat-state-india, #hinduism, #india, #local-government, #modi-narendra, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #vegetarianism

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.

#agriculture-and-farming, #india, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india

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.

#banerjee-mamata, #bharatiya-janata-party, #books-and-literature, #coffee, #india, #kolkata-india, #modi-narendra, #sen-amartya, #tagore-rabindranath, #tea, #west-bengal-india, #writing-and-writers

The Indian Farmers’ Fight

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

#agriculture-and-farming, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government

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.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #jammu-kashmir-coalition-of-civil-society, #kashmir, #modi-narendra, #parvez-khurram

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.

#bangladesh, #bharatiya-janata-party, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #international-relations, #minorities, #modi-narendra, #muslims-and-islam, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #pakistan, #sri-lanka

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.

#censorship, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #modi-narendra, #narwal-natasha-activist, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #supreme-court-of-india, #swamy-stan, #terrorism

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.

#civilian-casualties, #hinduism, #kashmir, #modi-narendra, #muslims-and-islam, #srinagar-jammu-and-kashmir, #terrorism

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.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #himalayas, #india, #international-relations, #ladakh-india, #modi-narendra, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #territorial-disputes

‘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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #india, #indian-council-of-medical-research, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #research, #science-and-technology, #vaccination-and-immunization

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #gross-domestic-product, #india, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #unemployment, #vaccination-and-immunization

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #delhi-india, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #india, #jaipur-golden-hospital, #modi-narendra, #oxygen, #politics-and-government, #shortages

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.

#adityanath-yogi, #bharatiya-janata-party, #bihar-india, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #ganges-river, #india, #modi-narendra, #uttar-pradesh-state-india

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.

#content-type-personal-profile, #india, #modi-narendra, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #social-media, #speeches-and-statements, #vaccination-and-immunization

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delhi-india, #delhi-metro, #india, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #public-health-foundation-of-india

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delhi-india, #delhi-metro, #india, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #public-health-foundation-of-india