Category: India

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Rankings tiring as dust storm, heavy rain sweep through India

Dust storm and heavy rain have swept through northern India, killing as many as 72 people and injuring over 100 others, in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh saw the highest fatalities with 36 people, including children, killed after the intense dust storm destroyed their homes…

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Rape as a political instrument in India

The gruesome rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Kathua district of Indian-administered Kashmir is a chilling reminder of how sexual assault is used as a tool to instil fear among those belonging to the minority communities in India. There have been many Indians, especially on social media platforms, who have repeatedly claimed…

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‘It’s now not if truth be told straightforward to reveal about child sex abuse in India’

New Delhi, India – Shaista Shamin remembers the day she slapped the man who touched her inappropriately. The 17-year-old lives in the Tiljala slum of Kolkata and had previously survived sexual assaults. But on this occasion, she stood up against her attacker. “When I was very young, I couldn’t understand what was happening so I…

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Defence, alternate and Bollywood: Netanyahu visits India

Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in India on a six-day trip, becoming the second Israeli prime minister to visit New Delhi since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992. In a move described by the Indian foreign ministry as a “departure from protocol”, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Netanyahu at the Delhi airport on…

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Myanmar’s stateless Chin endure refugee existence in India

New Delhi, India – “We would be next, but we fear retaliations if we return”, says 44-year-old Sang Par, voicing the plea of several hundred members of the Chin community from Myanmar crammed into one-bedroom apartments in Chanakya Place, one of New Delhi’s most densely populated neighbourhoods. As the Supreme Court of India deliberates the government’s plan…

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The rising tide of counterfeit recordsdata in India

New Delhi, India – It was early March, 2014, and India was buzzing with activities that often precede a parliamentary election of this magnitude, in the world’s largest democracy. Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, a whistle-blowing website, put out a statement refuting claims of an unlikely endorsement of Narendra Modi, then prime ministerial candidate and the…

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What’s slack Narendra Modi’s high standing in India?

New Delhi, India – Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains “by far the most popular national figure in Indian politics” more than three years after coming to power, according to a survey released by the Pew Research Center last week. Nearly nine out of 10 Indians say they have a favourable view of Modi, says the…