Tag: Hinduism

‘We Never Moved Back to Kashmir, Because We Couldn’t’

We vacation hard, my family. Ideally three weeks, and always a home rental, never a hotel. We settle in like we own the place, and have always owned the place. We start with a grocery store, a thrift shop for toys, a visit to the local library. We scope out playgrounds and children’s classes, make […]

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Tensions Over Kashmir Rise as India Tightens Security

NEW DELHI — The Indian government imposed fresh restrictions on the disputed Kashmir region on Friday, telling people to stay off the streets as the crisis there dragged into its fourth week. According to reports in the Indian media — foreign journalists have been barred from entering Kashmir — security forces set up barricades, more […]

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India’s Move in Kashmir: More Than 2,000 Rounded Up With No Recourse

NEW DELHI — On Aug. 5, at 1:15 a.m., Asifa Mubeen was woken up by the sound of barking dogs as police officers began pouring into her yard. Her husband, Mubeen Shah, a wealthy Kashmiri merchant, stepped out onto their bedroom balcony in the night air. The officers shouted up that he was under arrest. […]

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Four Million Indians in One State Risk Being Denied Citizenship. Most Are Muslims.

NEW DELHI — More than four million people in India, mostly Muslims, are at risk of being declared foreign migrants as the government pushes a hard-line Hindu nationalist agenda that has challenged the country’s pluralist traditions and aims to redefine what it means to be Indian. The hunt for migrants is unfolding in Assam, a […]

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Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — On the streets of Srinagar, Kashmir’s biggest city, security officers tied black bandannas over their faces, grabbed their guns and took positions behind checkpoints. People glanced out the windows of their homes, afraid to step outside. Many were cutting back on meals and getting hungry. A sense of coiled menace hung over […]

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As Modi Addresses India, Protests Flare in Kashmir

NEW DELHI — India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, addressed the nation Thursday night for the first time about revoking Kashmir’s autonomy, speaking against a backdrop of rising protests, mass arrests and escalating tension with Pakistan. “We together took a historical decision,” Mr. Modi said at the beginning of his remarks. “A new era has begun.” […]

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Modi’s Majoritarian March to Kashmir

Kashmir, over which India and Pakistan have fought four wars since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, has been the battleground for competing, conflicting ideologies. For Pakistan, the Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir was a critical missing piece in its positioning of itself as the South Asian Muslim homeland. For India, the state […]

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India Annexes Kashmir and Brings Us Back to Partition

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistani kids are taught in and out of school that Kashmir is our “shah rug” (jugular vein). Indians believe that Kashmir is their “atoot ang” (indispensable body part). Urdu and Persian poetry is full of paeans to the beauty of Kashmir. If there is paradise on earth, “it is this, it is […]

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Pakistan Hits Back at India Over Kashmir Move, Targeting Bilateral Trade

NEW DELHI — Pakistan announced plans on Wednesday to punish India for unilaterally wiping out the autonomy of Kashmir by ending bilateral trade, downgrading diplomatic ties and expelling India’s high commissioner to the country. A statement from a national security committee headed by the Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, said the changes would be put […]

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India Moves to Revoke Kashmir’s Special Status Amid Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The Indian government said on Monday that it was removing the special status that has existed for decades in Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border. Amit Shah, the home minister, made the announcement revoking Article 370 of the Constitution in the upper house of Parliament on Monday morning, as […]

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India Moves to Remove Kashmir’s Special Status Amid Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The Indian government moved on Monday to remove the special status that has been bestowed for decades on Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border. Amit Shah, the home minister, made the announcement in Parliament on Monday morning. Before the announcement, thousands of extra troops had already been deployed across […]

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Under Modi, Hindus Find Hope for a Temple on Disputed Speck of Land

AYODHYA, India — The barefooted pilgrims passed by watchtowers, checkpoints and walls topped with barbed wire. They emptied their pockets, stepped through four metal detectors and lined up, single file, to enter a path enclosed by a narrow cage. At the end of the walkway was a tent with a golden idol at its entrance. […]

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Forced to Chant Hindu Slogans, Muslim Man Is Beaten to Death in India

NEW DELHI — After apprehending a Muslim man suspected of stealing a motorcycle, the Hindu mob tied him to a lamppost and reportedly beat him for 12 hours while forcing him to chant praises to Hindu gods. Videos began circulating widely showing the attack last week in eastern India, which went on for so long […]

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With Mandate From India’s Voters, Modi Must Deliver on Economy

NEW DELHI — Now it is time for the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, to start delivering on the promises he did not make in his re-election campaign, which last month ended in a landslide victory. On Thursday, his new administration will announce its most urgent priorities for his second term. But the issues expected […]

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When Rohingya Refugees Fled to India, Hate on Facebook Followed

KOLKATA, India — Mohammad Salim, a Rohingya Muslim refugee, thought he had left genocidal violence and Facebook vitriol behind when he fled his native country, Myanmar, in 2013. But lately, his new home, India’s West Bengal state, has not felt much safer. And once again, Facebook is a big part of the problem. During India’s […]

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Indian Court Convicts 6 Hindus in Rape and Murder of Muslim Girl, 8

NEW DELHI — An Indian court on Monday convicted six men over the kidnap, rape and murder of a Muslim nomadic girl last year, bringing to a close a case that gripped India and reflected bitter religious divisions. After a closed trial, the men, who included police officials, were handed sentences ranging from five years […]

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Arundhati Roy on India’s Elections: “A Mockery of What Democracy Is Supposed to Be”

“In India,” Arundhati Roy wrote in 2002, “if you are a butcher or a genocidist who happens to be a politician, you have every reason to be optimistic.” Roy was referring to Narendra Modi, the then-chief minister of Gujarat who had been implicated in the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the state that killed at least […]

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