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India Blames Pakistan for Attack in Kashmir, Promising a Response

NEW DELHI — India accused Pakistan on Friday of orchestrating a suicide bombing that killed dozens of soldiers in Kashmir, the worst attack there in decades, promising an appropriate response and calling on world leaders to isolate its neighbor. Pakistan has denied involvement in the attack, in which at least 40 Indian soldiers were killed […]

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India, Blaming Pakistan for Attack in Kashmir, Promises a Response

NEW DELHI — India on Friday accused Pakistan of orchestrating a suicide bombing that killed dozens of soldiers in Kashmir, the worst attack there in decades, promising an appropriate response and calling on world leaders to isolate its neighbor. Pakistan has denied involvement in the attack, in which at least 40 Indian soldiers were killed […]

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India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

NEW DELHI — India’s government has proposed giving itself vast new powers to suppress internet content, igniting a heated battle with global technology giants and prompting comparisons to censorship in China. Under the proposed rules, Indian officials could demand that Facebook, Google, Twitter, TikTok and others remove posts or videos that they deem libelous, invasive […]

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After the US, Twitter faces wrath from India’s right wing over alleged bias

Last September, when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared in front of US Congress, several Republican representatives asked him about the company’s bias against conservatives on the platform. While Dorsey denied this claim, the accusations continued to roll in over the following months. In October, President Donald Trump complained about it too. Later, in an interview […]

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India Forces Amazon to Choose Between Operating e-Commerce Platform and Selling Goods on that Platform

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) implemented new foreign direct investment rules on 1 February, forcing Amazon.in and Flipkart – a Walmart subsidiary – to choose between operating an e-commerce […]

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How selfies help Indian women from Delhi’s outskirts claim their right to the city

Taking selfies and posting them on social media is often derided as a narcissistic, self-absorbed, and attention-seeking practice. Filters come in for particular disdain due to the role they play in reinforcing unattainable beauty standards, by making faces lighter, slimmer, and wider-eyed than is natural. Yet feminist, minority, and queer activists have argued selfies can be […]

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Servaas Storm: The Bogus Paper That Gutted Workers’ Rights

By Servaas Storm, Senior Lecturer of Economics, Delft University of Technology, an economist who works on macroeconomics, technological progress, income distribution, economic growth, finance, development and structural change, and climate change. Originally published at The Institute for New Economic Thinking website For years, governments in India and much of the developing world have followed the advice […]

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Made for Next to Nothing. Worn by You?

ImageInside the house of an Indian family. A new report from the University of California, Berkeley, focuses on the exploited home workers who help make the country the world’s second largest manufacturer and exporter of fashion garments.CreditFredo de Luna/VW Pics – UIG, via Getty Images Ever since the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, Western fashion […]

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How the Drug War Eats the Poor

This article originally appeared on VICE UK. In New York, the trial of the cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is entering its third month. The El Chapo story is full of million-dollar deals, outrageous prison escapes and, of course, the grotesque violence and political corruption made inevitable by the illegal drug trade. However, the […]

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Rising Temperatures Could Melt Most Himalayan Glaciers by 2100, Report Finds

NEW DELHI — Rising temperatures in the Himalayas, home to most of the world’s tallest mountains, will melt at least one-third of the region’s glaciers by the end of the century even if the world’s most ambitious climate change targets are met, according to a report released Monday. If global warming and greenhouse gas emissions […]

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Nonfiction: A Personal Fight for the Dignity of L.G.B.T. People in India

AN INDEFINITE SENTENCE A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex By Siddharth Dube In 1988, when Siddharth Dube was a deeply in love 26-year-old, the majority of gay men in India concealed their sexual orientation. A colonial-era law, Section 377, criminalized homosexuality, which was defined as an “unnatural” offense. To protect themselves from arrest, […]

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Casting Their Votes by Voting Their Caste

When I was growing up in India in the 1970s and ’80s, my father’s job as a naval officer took our family from one big city to another, from Bombay to Singapore. But every summer, we spent a month with my maternal grandparents in Bijnor, a small city in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, […]

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With India’s Election Looming, Modi Crams Budget With Cash to Woo Votes

NEW DELHI — A new pension plan for rickshaw pullers. More money for fisheries. Tax breaks for the middle class and cash handouts to struggling farmers. On Friday, the Indian government announced its budget, and with a major election looming in the next few months, the spending plan was stuffed with financial inducements intended to […]

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India Can Hide Unemployment Data, but Not the Truth

ImageCreditChanni Anand/Associated Press India has a job crisis, and the government would rather you didn’t notice. Last month, it hastily amended the Constitution to set aside 10 percent of all government posts for the “economically weak.” But it defined the “economically weak” as anybody from a household earning less than 800,000 rupees, roughly $11,200, a […]

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Indian Leaders Are Accused of Covering Up 45-Year High in Unemployment

NEW DELHI — The Indian government was accused on Thursday of covering up an alarming jobs report that apparently shows the country’s unemployment rate at a 45-year high. Two economic advisers to the government resigned this week in what was widely viewed as a protest against the country’s leaders, who appeared to be withholding the […]

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Amazon and Flipkart face uncertainty as India readies new rules for foreign ecommerce companies

Amazon and Walmart have been dealt a big blow in India, one of their most important markets, as the local government tightens rules regarding how foreign ecommerce platforms sell goods and conduct business in the country. Under the current laws, foreign-owned ecommerce companies are not allowed to sell directly to customers (in other words, to […]

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