Tag: Modi, Narendra

Why Modi Inaugurated a Temple Being Built Over a Razed Mosque on the Kashmir Crackdown Anniversary

AYODHYA, India — On Dec. 6, 1992, a horde of Hindu zealots razed a mosque in the holy city of Ayodhya. Early the next morning, about 300 men showed up at Imran Azar’s house. The mob broke in, dragged his father out, and burnt him alive. Azar and his brother escaped out the back of […]

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Modi Founds a Temple on Mosque’s Ruins, in Triumphal Moment for Hindus

NEW DELHI — In a moment of triumph that India’s Hindu nationalists had worked toward for years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday set the ceremonial cornerstone for a new Hindu temple at the site of a destroyed mosque in Ayodhya. Hindus and Muslims have clashed over the Ayodhya site for decades, setting off waves […]

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Coronavirus Forced Indian Workers on a Deadly Journey

DEVARI, India — Somebody took a photograph on the side of a highway in India. On a clearing of baked earth, a lithe, athletic man holds his friend in his lap. A red bag and a half empty bottle of water are at his side. The first man is leaning over his friend like a […]

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India Rounds Up Critics Under Cover of Virus Crisis, Activists Say

NEW DELHI — After spending several anxious days in prison, Natasha Narwal, a student activist accused of rioting by the New Delhi police, thought her ordeal was nearing an end. A judge ruled that Ms. Narwal had been exercising her democratic rights when she participated in protests earlier this year against a divisive citizenship law […]

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India Coronavirus Cases Surge Past One Million

NEW DELHI — India hit a milestone on Friday morning that it had made great sacrifices to avoid: recording more than one million coronavirus infections. The virus has been gnawing its way across this country of 1.3 billion people and gaining speed, fueled by high population density, an already beleaguered health care system and a […]

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Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood Star, Says He Has Coronavirus

NEW DELHI — When India’s biggest star, Amitabh Bachchan, announced Saturday night that he had contracted the coronavirus, the country was shattered. Mr. Bachchan, known as Big B, is not simply an enormously successful actor. He is one of India’s most revered figures. His face and rich, avuncular voice, dripping with gravitas, are everywhere, deployed […]

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