Tag: Modi, Narendra

The Transformation of India Is Nearly Complete

NEW DELHI — On Saturday, fireworks were set off in parts of India to celebrate the verdict by the country’s Supreme Court to clear the way for the building of a temple for Rama — the Hindu deity and the protagonist of the epic poem “Ramayana” — in Ayodhya, a northern Indian town. The piece […]

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India’s Soundtrack of Hate, With a Pop Sheen

RAIPUR, India — The Indian pop star, swaddled in gold-trimmed tulle, stepped to the front of the stage at a neighborhood concert. Thunder effects crackled through speakers stacked near an electronics store. “Every house will be saffron!” the singer, Laxmi Dubey, yelled into her microphone, referring to the color representing Hinduism. “We have to make […]

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India Awaits Verdict on Ayodhya Site, Leaving Hindus and Muslims on Edge

ImageHindu pilgrims walk past a workshop where sections of a proposed to temple to the God Ram are being built.Credit…Rebecca Conway for The New York Times India’s Supreme Court will rule on Saturday on the ownership of the country’s most disputed religious site, a decision that Hindus say will cement their status as leaders of […]

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New Delhi, Choking on Toxic Air, Declares Health Emergency

NEW DELHI — A toxic, throat-burning cloud has settled over India’s capital, swallowing national monuments, sending people to emergency rooms and prompting officials on Friday to declare a public health emergency and close schools for days. Air pollution in parts of New Delhi rose to levels around 20 times what the World Health Organization considers […]

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India Fails to Release Full Data on Hate Crimes

NEW DELHI — When India released its annual crime report this week, more than a year behind schedule, certain pieces of data were conspicuously missing. Officials in the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tracked many types of crimes, but they selectively released results, choosing to share figures about attacks committed by left-wing extremists […]

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An Environmentally Friendly Firecracker? India Is Willing to Try.

ROHTAK, India — Diwali is the Hindu festival of light, and during the height of the celebrations in India each autumn, much of that illumination is coming from barely controlled explosions: the firecrackers, sparklers and other fireworks that millions here love to ignite as night falls. But beyond the light, it all adds fumes and […]

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In a Race Against Death, No Way to Call a Doctor

HEEVAN, Kashmir — Saja Begum was cooking dinner when her son walked into the kitchen with a stricken look on his face. “Mom,” he said. “I have been bitten by a snake. I am going to die.” Ms. Begum could not call an ambulance: The Indian government had shut down Kashmir’s cellular network. She then […]

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Hard Times Have Pakistani Hindus Looking to India, Where Some Find Only Disappointment

JODHPUR, India — By the time an angry Muslim mob stormed the local Hindu school and ransacked an adjacent temple a few weeks ago, many members of Pakistan’s dwindling Hindu minority had already been wondering whether it was worth trying to stay in a country where they felt increasingly unsafe. In April, an angry mob […]

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The U.N. Can’t Ignore Kashmir Anymore

Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, was a man on a mission at the United Nations, imploring members last week to persuade India to lift its siege of Kashmir, a longtime flash point between the two nations, which both have nuclear weapons. Failure to do so, he warned in a speech before the General Assembly on […]

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In South Asia’s Onion Politics, India Plays Hardball

NEW DELHI — Truckloads of onions are being turned back at the border. Officials are threatening raids to prevent onion smuggling. India’s neighbors, reliant on hundreds of millions of pounds of the crop, are reeling from the news: not a single onion can leave India. Hit first by drought and then by monsoon rains, India […]

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Imran Khan Warns of Kashmir ‘Blood Bath’ in Emotional U.N. Speech

Pakistan’s leader castigated India over its Kashmir crackdown from the podium of the United Nations on Friday, warning of a “blood bath” when and if Indian authorities lift a curfew over the disputed territory. The speech by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the United Nations General Assembly was partly directed at his Indian counterpart, Narendra […]

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Why I Resigned From the Gates Foundation

NEW DELHI — On Tuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist prime minister of India, with one of its Global Goal Awards in New York. The Gates Foundation has chosen to honor Mr. Modi for his Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, or Clean India Mission, which claims to have built 100 […]

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Don’t Mess With Modi in Texas

HOUSTON — Who could resist an audience of more than 50,000 Indian-Americans packed into a Texas football stadium? Not Donald Trump, on the eve of an election year, so he joined the “Howdy, Modi!” party here to proclaim, with the Indian prime minister, a great future of shared values and mutual reinforcement for the world’s […]

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At Rally for India’s Modi, Trump Plays Second Fiddle but a Familiar Tune

HOUSTON — President Trump played second fiddle on Sunday to Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, at a boisterous cultural rally in which the American president was technically just an invited guest. But never one to let a good crowd go to waste, Mr. Trump treated the giant gathering at NRG Stadium in Houston […]

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From Underwear to Cars, India’s Economy Is Fraying

TIRUPUR, India — When Alan Greenspan ran a consulting firm and wanted to know where the economy was headed, he would often look at sales of men’s underwear as a guide. Mr. Greenspan, who later served as chairman of the Federal Reserve, believed that when times were tough, men would stop replacing worn-out underwear, which […]

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As Narendra Modi Heads to U.S., Controversy Follows Him

MUMBAI, India — As Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India prepares for a big trip to the United States, human rights groups and three Nobel Peace Prize winners have criticized the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its plan to bestow a prestigious award upon Mr. Modi next week during his visit. The Nobel laureates […]

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Trump Races for Trade Deals With Japan and India as China Fight Persists

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is racing to announce limited trade deals with Japan and India before the end of the month, as President Trump tries to score some wins amid a protracted trade fight with China. The “minideals” are aimed at helping Mr. Trump overcome concerns about his trade approach before the 2020 election […]

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Abused by Soldiers and Militants, Kashmiris Face Dangers in Daily Life

SOPORE, Kashmir — Four men carrying pistols and wearing black masks knocked a week ago on the Hamidullah family’s gate. Furious that the wealthy apple traders had violated their ban on doing business, the militants announced that there was a price to pay. They took three men into a sitting room in this Kashmiri town […]

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Why Is India Making Its Own People Stateless?

DHAKA, Bangladesh — More than 1.9 million people living in Assam, a state of about 33 million in northeastern India, effectively became stateless recently. Many have never lived anywhere but in India, and yet late last month, the government, claiming to crack down on illegal immigration, announced that it was removing them from the National […]

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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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Imran Khan: The World Can’t Ignore Kashmir. We Are All in Danger.

ISLAMABAD — After I was elected prime minister of Pakistan last August, one of my foremost priorities was to work for lasting and just peace in South Asia. India and Pakistan, despite our difficult history, confront similar challenges of poverty, unemployment and climate change, especially the threat of melting glaciers and scarcity of water for […]

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