A Meta Scandal

A prominent Indian publication is investigating its own reporting after publishing a series of dubious articles alleging that Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, was colluding with the government and involved in political censorship in India, the Washington Post reported. The issue began when...

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Loaded Labels

The Indian government banned a prominent local Islamic organization Wednesday, accusing it of being a threat to the country’s security, a move that comes amid rising communal tensions in the world’s second most populous nation, Voice of America reported. The ban targets the Popular Front...

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The Comeback

Thousands of Indian farmers marched in the streets of the capital this week to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, less than a year after they occupied New Delhi to pressure his government in repealing a slew of controversial farm laws, Reuters reported. More than 5,000...

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Round Two

India unexpectedly withdrew a proposed data protection bill this month, which had raised fears among tech giants and privacy rights advocates about government overreach, the New York Times wrote. The government said it is now working on new legislation, two years after unveiling the previous bill,...

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Breaking a Ceiling

Indian lawmakers elected an Indigenous tribal woman to become the country’s president this week, a move seen as a significant breakthrough for one of India’s marginalized minority groups, the Washington Post reported. Draupadi Murmu, a former governor of Jharkhand state, was sworn in Monday, making her...

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When the Waste Blows

India imposed a ban on single-use plastics over the weekend to combat worsening pollution in the world’s second-most populous nation, Al Jazeera reported. The government announced that the ban will include a variety of items, such as straws, cutlery, packaging film and cigarette packets. In the first...

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The New Opium

Does India have a problem with Muslims? Many say yes, after a recent political firestorm caused by high-ranking Hindu nationalists. Earlier this month, Nupur Sharma, a spokeswoman for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other party officials made derogatory comments about the...

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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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