The Taste of Feet

Japan and India furiously rejected statements by US President Joe Biden this week calling the two allies “xenophobic” countries for not welcoming immigrants, while also grouping them in with China and Russia, Al Jazeera reported. Biden’s comments came during a campaign fundraiser, where he remarked that...

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Kitchen-Table Politics

The upcoming parliamentary election in India is expected to go well for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Surveys show that Indians are concerned about unemployment, inflation, and other kitchen-table issues, reported Reuters. But a majority of the billion voters who...

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Murder for Hire

Indian government agents were involved in a murder plot against a Sikh-American activist in New York, according to India’s probe into claims made by the US, Bloomberg reported Thursday. At least one of the people named in the investigation is no longer employed by India’s primary...

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Slap, Slap

The Indian government will begin implementing a 2019 citizenship bill that fast-tracks passports for foreigners except when they are Muslim, a move that comes ahead of India’s general election this year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a rare third term in office, CNN...

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Me, Too

Police in eastern India on Tuesday said they arrested seven men for allegedly gang-raping a foreign tourist, an incident that set off renewed fury in the country over a “rape culture” that it has been attempting to defeat for more than a decade, CNN reported. Two...

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Round Two

Thousands of Indian farmers clashed with police in the country’s capital New Delhi this week, after protests to demand guaranteed minimum prices for their crops, debt relief and policy reforms from the government spiraled out of control, the New York Times reported. Earlier this week, farmers...

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Bedroom Politics

An Indian state led by the Hindu-nationalist party introduced a new uniform civil code on private matters including marriage, banning polygamy for Muslims, and forcing unmarried couples to register before moving in together, the Washington Post reported. India’s 1.4-billion population comprises 80 percent Hindus and 14...

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Quashing Debate

India’s parliament suspended a record number of opposition lawmakers this week, prompting criticism against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it seeks to pass a controversial criminal reform bill, CNN reported. Earlier this week, speakers in both houses of parliament...

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Running Large

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party won three out of four state elections this week, crucial votes that highlighted the growing strength of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national polls next year, the Associated Press reported. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to take control of...

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Concerning Pattern

US authorities prevented the attempted assassination of a Sikh activist on American soil by alleged Indian government agents, according to a recent report that has prompted questions about India’s involvement in plots targeting Sikh separatists and advocates living abroad, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Financial...

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Choking Along

India’s top court ordered authorities in states surrounding the capital to stop farmers from burning crop residue, as the air quality in New Delhi has continued to plummet in the past week to hazardous levels, Reuters reported Tuesday. The Supreme Court’s ruling comes at the time...

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Worrisome Pattern

Indian police raided the homes of journalists linked to an independent news outlet critical of the government – and accused of spreading Chinese propaganda – a move that has sparked concern over eroding press freedoms in the world’s largest democracy, CNN reported. The raids targeted reporters,...

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Looking Outward

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar recently said that his government was open to investigating any information that Canadian officials might produce in relation to the killing of Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Vancouver in June. Jaishankar’s announcement came more than a week after Canadian Prime...

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