Forcing Justice

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will face a vote of no-confidence in parliament after a lawmaker from Congress, India’s main opposition party, introduced a motion this week over the ongoing violence in the northeastern state of Manipur, Al Jazeera reported. On Wednesday, Om Birla, the speaker of the Lok Sabha,...

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Round One

Indian authorities filed charges this week against the country’s wrestling chief, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, following months-long protests by female wrestlers over claims of sexual harassment, CNN reported. Police in the capital New Delhi said Singh has been accused of assault, stalking, and sexual harassment. He...

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Crossed Signals

Indian rescuers ended their search for survivors over the weekend following a deadly train crash that killed almost 290 people and injured around 900 others on Friday, one of the worst railway accidents in the country’s history, NBC News reported. The incident occurred when three trains...

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A Shock Defeat

India’s main opposition Congress party secured a significant win in the Karnataka state elections over the weekend, dealing a major blow to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of next year’s national polls, Reuters reported Saturday. Results showed the Congress party won 135 of 224...

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Simmer, Boil

“Dozens” of people have been killed over days of ethnic clashes between Christian tribes and a Hindu community in the northeastern state of Manipur, Indian officials said Monday, with mobs attacking homes, churches and temples, according to the BBC. Indian officials deployed army troops and enforced...

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Wrestling for Justice

Indian wrestlers continued their protests in the capital this week over the government’s inaction against the head of the country’s wrestling federation whom they accuse of sexual harassment, Al Jazeera reported Thursday. For 10 days, the protesting athletes – including Olympic medalists – have been camping...

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Demography and Destiny

The world’s largest democracy, India, is now the world’s most populous country. The distinction is important because it represents a shift in the world order that has developed in recent decades as China, which has had the largest population, has grown more powerful. According to the...

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The Name Game

India’s parliament expelled opposition leader Rahul Gandhi from the legislature over the weekend, after a court convicted and sentenced him to two years in prison in a case linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last name, the Wall Street Journal reported. The case against Gandhi stems...

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Family Valuations

The Indian government expressed its formal opposition to same-sex marriage in a key Supreme Court case this week, in what observers have described as the clearest statement by the country’s ruling Hindu nationalist party on an issue that has been increasingly debated in Indian society, the...

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Man and Country

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani used to claim that the success of his energy and port facilities conglomerate, the Adani Group, reflected the rising power of his massive country’s economy. Then, in January, the New York-based Hindenburg Research investment firm accused Adani of fraud and stock manipulation, and...

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Weaponizing Taxes

Indian tax officials raided the BBC’s offices in Delhi and Mumbai this week, soon after the British broadcaster aired a documentary critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NPR reported. Dozens of tax officials entered the broadcaster’s newsrooms, seizing laptops, financial documents and phones of employees as...

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Screen Freedoms

Indian authorities in the capital this week arrested dozens of students, who were planning to screen a banned BBC documentary about the 2002 riots in Gujarat state and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the violence, Bloomberg reported. Police arrested around 70 students of the Jamia...

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Game, Set, Match

India’s Supreme Court judges backed the appointment of a gay lawyer to Delhi’s High Court, despite the government’s fierce objections over his candidacy and his activism in LGBTQ causes, Reuters reported. Saurabh Kirpal had initially been recommended for a judicial appointment in 2017 and the country’s...

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