Drawing in Pencil

Three years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unilaterally abolished the limited autonomy that India’s portion of the disputed region of Kashmir enjoyed. At the time, Modi claimed the move would reduce violence in the region. Kashmir is the only Muslim-majority region of India. Pakistan has...

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The War on Grain

India and other nations are banning exports of wheat as the price of the vital commodity skyrockets due to supply chain shocks from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “As the war continues, there is a growing likelihood that food shortages, particularly of grains and vegetable oils, will...

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Foot in Mouth

India sparked a diplomatic row with key Muslim countries after two ruling party representatives were accused of making Islamophobic comments and derogatory statements about the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, the Guardian reported Monday. The uproar began after Nupur Sharma, the national spokesperson of the governing Bharatiya Janata...

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Among Saints

Pope Francis this week canonized an 18th-century Indian convert to Christianity who fought for equality for the lower classes, and made him the first layman in India to be bestowed with sainthood, the National reported. Devasahayam – also known as Lazarus – joins a group of...

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Duty Bound

An Indian couple sued their son for almost $650,000 this week, demanding he and his wife either produce a grandchild by the end of the year or pay the full amount, Agence France-Presse reported. Parents Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad said they had exhausted their savings by...

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Checks and Balances

India’s Supreme Court ordered the temporary suspension of the country’s sedition law Wednesday, legislation human rights advocates say has been used by the government to curb dissent and free speech, CNN reported. The top court said it would pause the law until the government conducts a...

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Vicious Cycles

India’s Supreme Court ordered authorities Wednesday to stop the demolition of illegal shops and walls in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood of New Delhi, a verdict that came days after religious violence shook the area, Reuters reported. The verdict also followed the police-supervised demolition of buildings in...

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The Collectors

A proposed new criminal identification law caused a stir in India over privacy concerns and fears that it will be used to target dissenters, the BBC reported this week. Last week, parliament approved the Criminal Procedure (Identification) bill, which would require detained individuals to share sensitive...

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Keep Your Friends Close

India and Australia signed a trade deal this week to boost economic ties in an effort to curb China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region, the Independent reported. Leaders of both countries hailed the new Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement as “a watershed moment.” The trade agreement...

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A Wobbly Fence

Most United Nations members rallied to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine last month. India, the world’s largest democracy, however, chose to sit on the fence, abstaining from the two votes. The reason was longstanding ties with Russia that some believe are now becoming strangling...

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