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Narendra Modi Launches A Culture War Against Bollywood

“[The Indian Prime Minister’s Hindu nationalist government] is using powerful tools to curtail the creative freedom of Bollywood — in particular the influence of Muslims, who have an outsize presence in the industry. The measures pushed by the Modi government include indiscriminate tax investigations, trumped-up accusations against actors and directors, intimidation and harassment in response to certain movies and TV shows, and the chilling rap of law enforcement at the door.” – The Atlantic ...
Tags: Art, Media, Narendra Modi, Modi, 06.10.21


Modi’s bulldozing of parliament shows him as the architect of a Hindu Taliban | Anish Kapoor

Flattening the majestic Murghal-inspired buildings is the latest stage in a hateful, vanity-fuelled campaign to de-Islamify IndiaAt the heart of New Delhi, the capital of India, sits a Mughal-inspired monument that houses the seat of the Indian parliament. Built by the British architect Edwin Lutyens between 1911 and 1931, the parliament buildings and their grand roadways and water channels follow the form established by the Islamic rulers of Iran and elaborated by the Islamic sultanate of Samar...
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, World news, Iran, Culture, Architecture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Sculpture, New Delhi, Samarkand, Anish Kapoor, Modi, Lutyens, Edwin Lutyens


Why India’s Government Is Trying To Demonize Bollywood

If you had switched on news television in India in the past two months, you would have found a country obsessed with a singular subject: the taming of Bollywood, supposedly a wild, drug-addled place where horrible things happen to outsiders; India’s Gomorrah, infested with vile liberals and Muslims. This hysterical campaign of vilification and the persecution of numerous actors is an attempt to distract people from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s failure to handle the coronavirus pandemic and a ...
Tags: Art, Media, India, Narendra Modi, 10.07.20


Pavement Libraries Libraries Are Popping Up At Protest Sites All Over India

“These libraries are offering an alternative form of resistance, opening up platforms traditionally reserved for committed activists to waves of first-time protesters — from high school students to homemakers — who have joined hands against moves by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce a religious test for naturalized citizenship.” – OZY
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, Words, 02.26.20


Pavement Libraries Are Popping Up At Protest Sites All Over India

“These libraries are offering an alternative form of resistance, opening up platforms traditionally reserved for committed activists to waves of first-time protesters — from high school students to homemakers — who have joined hands against moves by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce a religious test for naturalized citizenship.” – OZY
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, Words, 02.26.20


Biopic Of India’s Prime Minister To Be Released On Election Day After Commission Declines To Intervene

“Opposition parties, including the Indian National Congress, had petitioned the Election Commission to delay the film’s release until after the polls close on May 19, on the grounds that it was propaganda for the incumbent prime minister and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Producers announced that the film” — titled simply PM Narendra Modi — “will release simultaneously in 38 countries.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, India, Narendra Modi, Election Commission, Indian National Congress, 04.06.19, Bharatiya Janata Party Producers


What’s With All The Enormous Statues Going Up In India?

The “Statue of Unity,” which is actually of independence leader Vallabhbhai Patel and is currently the world’s tallest statue, was completed last fall, and more are on the way: a statue of the 17th-century warrior-king Shivaji in Mumbai, and enormous images of the Hindu god Rama and the 19th-century holy man Swami Vivekananda in Ayodhya. Why? A desire to stand out on the world stage, sure, but even more because of the Hindu nationalism of Narendra Modi’s government. – Apollo
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, Mumbai, Visual, Rama, Swami Vivekananda, AYODHYA, Statue of Unity, Vallabhbhai Patel, 03.11.19


Fighting Hindu Nationalism With Urdu Poetry

As prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party continues to encourage an exclusionary Hindu version of Indian nationalism, more liberal-minded Indians (by no means only Muslims) are reading, writing, reciting, and listening — in venues from tea shops to stadiums — to poetry in Urdu, the (to oversimplify) Islamized version of Hindi that has a revered, centuries-old tradition of verse across the subcontinent. — The Guardian
Tags: Art, Narendra Modi, Words, Urdu, Bharatiya Janata Party, 01.11.19


India Inaugurates World’s Tallest Statue (And Of Course There’s Controversy)

The Statue of Unity, located in prime minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, depicts Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel; it’s twice the height of the State of Liberty and cost about $400 million. There are critics objecting to the cost, to the appropriation of farmland for the site, and to Chinese bronze and workers being used for the structure — not to mention the accusations that Modi is trying to appropriate Patel’s stature for himself and his party.
Tags: Art, Narendra Modi, Gujarat, Visual, Modi, Patel, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, 10.31.18, India Inaugurates World


India plans to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022

Big news from India: the country aims to abolish single-use plastic in about four years. Prime minister Narendra Modi announced the goal on World Environment Day, and The Guardian said it’s the most ambitious commitment out of the actions to combat plastic pollution happening in 60 nations. The move could dramatically reduce the flow of plastic from 1.3 billion people. India is resisting plastic pollution with what United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim called a phenomenal commitment. Th...
Tags: Design, India, Narendra Modi, United Nations, Kenya, Mumbai, Modi, Ridley, Erik Solheim, DepositPhotos, UN Environment, Afroz Shah, United Nations Environment


Are They Trying To Privatize The Taj Mahal? Uproar In India Over Scheme For Companies To 'Adopt' Historic Sites

"Opposition politicians accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of leasing out' monuments under the 'Adopt a Heritage' plan that will see 95 historic sites taken over by private entities. India's tourism ministry on Saturday announced a five-year contract worth 250 million rupees ($3.7 million) with the Dalmia Bharat conglomerate for the iconic 17th-century Red Fort […]
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, Heritage, Issues, 04.30.18


For the first time ever, all villages in India have electricity

India has just reached a major energy milestone: for the first time ever, every single one of its inhabited villages has electricity. There are nearly 600,000 villages in the country, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised that they would all be connected to power within 1,000 days of August 2015. Last Saturday, Leisang village was connected to India’s power grid, completing that promise. I salute the efforts of all those who worked tirelessly on the ground, including the team of officials, ...
Tags: Design, India, Narendra Modi, Manipur, Modi, Leisang, PowerfulIndia, Uma Shankar


A Children's Book That Praised Hitler As An 'Amazing Leader' Has Been Pulled From Publication

The book, published in 2016 by an Indian publishing house, contained biographies of 11 "amazing leaders." "According to Pegasus’s description of the book, which also featured Napoleon Bonaparte, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, 'some are famous, others little known, but all of them energise their followers and try to […]
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, Aung San Suu Kyi, Pegasus, Myanmar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Words, Hitler, 03.26.18


The Indian city of Diu is 100% powered by the sun

The city of Diu has become India‘s first and only municipality to receive 100% of its energy needs from solar power. Located in the southern region of the Indian state of Gujarat, Diu is governed directly by the Indian federal government, which has prioritized the growth of solar energy throughout the country. In only three years of focused development, Diu has installed enough solar capacity to serve the energy needs of the city’s nearly 22,000 residents. It’s also in the running for Prime Min...
Tags: Design, India, Narendra Modi, Gujarat, DepositPhotos, Diu, Gujarat Diu, Kochi International Airport, Times of India Images


India aims to bring electricity connections to 40 million households

Millions of homes in India lack electricity. Prime minister Narendra Modi hopes to change that with his Power For All By 2019 plan. Under the scheme, around 40 million households could obtain electricity connections – with the poor receiving them for free. Low income households could finally receive electricity in India. While people won’t get power for free under the Power For All plan – they’ll need to pay for electricity they consume – they could get a free connection. Homes will be connect...
Tags: Design, India, Narendra Modi, Dc, Modi, Pixabay, Anil Razdan, BloombergQuint Clean


India cancels plans for coal power stations as solar prices hit record low

India has canceled plans to construct nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations in the country as prices for solar electricity “free fall” to levels once considered impossible, The Independent reports. Experts expect a profound shift in global energy markets as the cost of solar has dropped by 25 percent in some regions. Tim Buckley, the director of energy finance studies at the IEEFA, explains that 13.7GW of coal power projects have been canceled just this month. He added that the dip ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, India, Narendra Modi, Chile, Tim Buckley, Reserve Bank of India, Buckley, Solar Energy Corporation of India, IEEFA, UAE South Africa Australia Chile


India could have its own Hyperloop system within 38 months

Past and present modes of transportation simply do not compare to the impressive abilities of Hyperloop technology. This efficient, low-cost vision of the future could be making its way to India in the next few years, according to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) co-founder Bibop Gresta. He argues a system of high speed tubes that transport people and cargo could help ease the challenges associated with extreme population density and a dearth of infrastructure. Hyperloop technology...
Tags: Design, India, Narendra Modi, Abu Dhabi, Hyperloop, Uae, Abu Dhabi Dubai, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies HTT, Forbes India, Gresta


India ratifies Paris climate agreement on Gandhi's birthday

Another country ratified the Paris climate agreement. On October 2, the day Mahatma Gandhi was born, India ratified the historic agreement. They deposited their "Instrument of Ratification" to the UN on the International Day of Non Violence, which marks Gandhi's birthday. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Gandhi lived a life with a minimal carbon footprint. The Paris agreement will go into effect when 55 countries emitting a minimum of 55 percent of emissions worldwide ratify it. 61 cou...
Tags: Design, News, Obama, Climate Change, India, Narendra Modi, Global Warming, Policy, Paris, Un, World Resources Institute, Modi, Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, Paris Agreement, Paris Climate Agreement


President Obama and Prime Minister Modi talk renewable energy

This week, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Barack Obama to discuss ways for India to scale up its use of renewable energy. The White House released a statement about "the deepening strategic relationship" between the two countries, which will result, in part, in the $20 million U.S.-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) initiative expected to mobilize up to $400 million to provide clean energy for up to 1 million households by 2020. Industry observers think the prime mi...
Tags: Energy, Politics, Design, News, Obama, Climate Change, President Obama, White House, India, Narendra Modi, Barack Obama, Renewable Energy, United States, New York Times, Paris, President Barack Obama



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