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

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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.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #instagram-inc, #israel, #mobile-applications, #modi-narendra, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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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

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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.

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

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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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

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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.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #india, #instant-messaging, #modi-narendra, #privacy, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #whatsapp-inc

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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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter

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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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #foreign-aid, #india, #international-relations, #modi-narendra, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government

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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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cremation, #deaths-fatalities, #ganges-river, #hospitals, #india, #modi-narendra, #oxygen, #politics-and-government, #shortages

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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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #bochasanwasi-akshar-purushottam-swaminarayan-sanstha, #caste-systems, #foreign-workers, #human-trafficking, #immigration-and-emigration, #indian-americans, #labor-and-jobs, #modi-narendra, #new-jersey, #pramukh-swami-maharaj-1921-2016, #temples-religious, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #poonawalla-adar-1981, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #serum-institute-of-india, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

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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

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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.

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

#bharatiya-janata-party, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #india, #infections, #modi-narendra, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delhi-india, #disease-rates, #drug-resistance-microbial, #india, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #politics-and-government

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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.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #facebook-inc, #india, #modi-narendra, #shortages, #social-media, #twitter

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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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #india, #modi-narendra, #oxygen

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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

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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

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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.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #india, #infections, #maharashtra-india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

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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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At Least 10 Killed in Protests Against Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh

Islamist religious processions in different parts of the country became the scenes of deadly violence, marring 50th anniversary celebrations.

#bangladesh-awami-league, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hefajat-e-islam-bangladesh, #modi-narendra, #muslims-and-islam, #wazed-hasina

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India’s News Upstarts Challenged Modi. New Rules Could Tame Them.

Online portals have practiced aggressive journalism in a mostly compliant media landscape. But trolls and the government could now be empowered to stop them.

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India Cuts Back on Vaccine Exports as Infections Surge at Home

A major supplier of the AstraZeneca vaccine, India is now circling the wagons and restricting exports. The impact is beginning to be felt worldwide, particularly in poorer countries.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #modi-narendra, #poonawalla-adar-1981, #serum-institute-of-india, #vaccination-and-immunization

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India’s Farm Subsidies Lead to Waste but Support Millions

In a country plagued with malnutrition, government support has led to wasted crop surpluses. But with jobs lacking, many feel they have little choice but to work the land.

#agriculture-and-farming, #crop-controls-and-subsidies, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #grain, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #irrigation, #labor-and-jobs, #modi-narendra, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #punjab-pakistan, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rice

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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.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bharatiya-janata-party, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #india, #modi-narendra, #thunberg-greta

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Twitter Removes Accounts in India Under Pressure From Modi

The platform’s problems in the country offer a stark example of the difficulty of adhering to its free-speech principles amid government worries over its influence.

#agriculture-and-farming, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

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India’s Response to Farmer Protests Stirs Fears of Modi’s Power

Critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approach to dissent increasingly involves stifling dissenting voices, blocking the internet and cracking down on journalists.

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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.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bharatiya-janata-party, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #shah-amit-1964

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Why India’s Farmers Are Protesting

Thousands of protesters, many driving tractors, took to the streets of New Delhi on Tuesday. Who are they, and what do they want?

#agriculture-and-farming, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #income-inequality, #india, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #politics-and-government, #punjab-india, #sikhs-and-sikhism

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Protests in India Turn Violent as Angry Farmers Clash With Police

Protesters used their tractors to pull apart barricades, prompting the police to fire tear gas. At least one person died in the demonstration against new farming laws.

#agriculture-and-farming, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #parades, #politics-and-government, #republic-day-india

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Indian Farmers March Set for Republic Day

Protesters used their tractors to pull apart barricades, prompting police to fire tear gas, as emotions flared before the scheduled start of a rally against new farming laws.

#agriculture-and-farming, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #parades, #politics-and-government, #republic-day-india

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Amazon’s ‘Tandav’ Show Angers India’s Hindu Nationalists

Artists say officials tied to the country’s ruling party use pressure to stem criticism. Streaming services hoping to tap the Indian market’s potential have been caught in the middle.

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Why Are India’s Farmers Angry?

The protesting farmers fear that new laws will help giant corporations and leave them at their mercy.

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In Kashmir’s Stillness, Hopes Wither and Houseboats Sink

The turbulent region has long weathered violence and political strife, but India’s security crackdown and the coronavirus have brought life in the tourist-dependent region to a near halt.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dal-lake-jammu-and-kashmir, #india, #jagger-mick, #modi-narendra, #pakistan, #rolling-stones, #srinagar-jammu-and-kashmir

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Biden Expected to Expand US-India Relationship, While Stressing Human Rights

Most experts agree that China will be the driving force behind how India’s relationship with Washington changes in a Biden administration.

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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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The Virus Trains: How Lockdown Chaos Spread Covid-19 Across India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coronavirus restrictions sent migrant workers fleeing. To get them home, the government offered special trains. But the trains would spread the virus across the country.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #india, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #modi-narendra, #odisha-india, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #railroads, #rural-areas

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India’s Police Detain Opposition Leaders As Farmers’ Agitation Grows

The agitation of India’s farmers has increasingly rattled the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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

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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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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

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Angry Farmers Choke India’s Capital in Giant Demonstrations

Tens of thousands have arrived in tractors and trailers, many traveling hundreds of miles, to block roads into New Delhi and protest recently passed pro-market agricultural policies.

#agriculture-and-farming, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #haryana-india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #roads-and-traffic

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When Does an Enemy’s Cultural Heritage Become One’s Own?

The cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh may offer new hope for the preservation of threatened monuments everywhere.

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India’s Economy Shrinks Sharply as Covid-19 Slams Small Businesses

The latest data firmly establishes India’s position among the worst-performing major economies, despite government spending meant to blunt the pandemic’s impact.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #india, #modi-narendra

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In India’s Bihar Vote, Yadav Pressures Modi and B.J.P.

Mr. Modi declares victory in Bihar State, but votes are still being counted in an election seen as a referendum on the government’s Covid-19 response.

#bihar-india, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #kumar-nitish, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #tejashwi-prasad-yadav, #unemployment

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Authoritarians From Mussolini to Trump

Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s “Strongmen” examines a long list of tyrants in the modern era.

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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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