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When Narendra Modi took notes: How the owners of India’s language newspapers “advised” the PM six hours before he announced a 21-day shutdown. (Or so it seems.)

Narendra Modi‘s relationship with the news media since becoming prime minister in 2014 has been built on conspicuous contempt and confrontation, but behind the scenes, chummy co-option and cultivation has been a constant endeavour. Modi likes the world to believe he is not bothered with what the “news traders” of the mainstream media say, when he can directly “speak” to the people through social and public media: so no media adviser; no journalists on board his aircraft; no press conferences; no...
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Indian Govt does not clarify if it will audit WhatsApp’s systems

The government has sought information from WhatsApp, including “discussing the need to conduct an audit” of the app’s security systems and processes, IT Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre said in Lok Sabha today. This did not categorically answer BJP MP S. Muniswamy’s question about whether the government will conduct such an audit. In December 2019, […] ...
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No proposal to ban TikTok, says Home Ministry

There is no proposal to ban TikTok, G. Kishan Reddy, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, said in Parliament yesterday. When asked by BJP’s Subhas Sarkar if TikTok was a counter intelligence threat to India and whether the US had shared intelligence on the negative effects of TikTok, Reddy said that no such inputs […] ...
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‘Hate Is Being Preached Openly Against Us.’ After Delhi Riots, Muslims in India Fear What’s Next

Surrounded by smoldering houses and the blackened skeletons of burned-out cars, Mohammed Efaz picked his way through the streets of Khajuri Khas, a neighborhood in north-east Delhi . The 32 year-old Muslim said he would never return to India’s capital after what he saw happen here last week. “We will never come back here to live among Hindus,” Efaz told TIME on Saturday as he loaded a burlap sack into his small truck, preparing to travel back to his home village. “The divide betwee...
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What Happens Next with the Violence Tearing Apart India

It takes a lot to overshadow a foreign visit by a sitting U.S. president. India managed the feat this week, as Delhi was plunged into violent chaos as protests over India’s controversial new citizenship law reached disturbing new levels. Why It Matters: Because it’s India, home to roughly 18 percent of the world’s population. But more than that, India was supposed to be a symbol—for emerging markets making the transition to advanced industrial status, and as a pluralistic society in which h...
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Narendra Modi Looks the Other Way as New Delhi Burns

Two days before the anti-Muslim riots began in Delhi this week, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet said Muslims should have been sent to Pakistan in 1947 during the partition of India. Giriraj Singh, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Fisheries in the Modi Government, said “It is the time to commit ourselves to the nation. Before 1947, [Muhammad Ali] Jinnah pushed for an Islamic nation. It was a big lapse by our ancestors that we’re paying the price for. If at that time Musli...
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Meet Joe Biden’s Muslim Outreach Coordinator: A Supporter Of Narendra Modi And His Islamophobic, Hindu Nationalist Agenda

Once widely regarded as the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden now finds himself in a struggling campaign. Nevertheless, despite poor performances in early states, many see Saturday’s South Carolina primary as his chance to bounce back. To a large part of the Democratic establishment, Biden is still the man who can replace Donald Trump, a widely unpopular president who has been a part of a wave of far-right Islamophobic heads of state around the world, from Israel...
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Death toll rises from Hindu-Muslim clashes in New Delhi after Trump leaves India

At least 20 people have now died in street clashes between Hindus and Muslims in northeastern New Delhi, India's capital. The violence stems from months of protests against a divisive citizenship law pushed through by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which offers legal status to every prominent religious minority except Muslims, who make up 14 percent of India's population.The protests against the law had been peaceful until Sunday, when ...
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Delhi killings: Can communal violence, orchestrated riots, anti-Muslim pogroms ever be stopped in India?

Shams Ur Rehman AlaviDelhi is in flames--nearly 20 persons have been killed, hundreds injured, settlements burnt and mob marches on the streets shouting slogans.It all happened in Delhi, when the security was high, Donald Trump was visiting, yet, police failed to stop the rioters. The photographs and videos of youths taking pride in the attacks, arson and killings, are all over social media.But this is just one in the series of such communal killings India has witnessed for decades. Delhi is th...
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John Oliver explains how Narendra Modi is 'Marie Kondo-ing India' of Muslims, and why he might fail

President Trump has landed in India for his first state visit, "and at the center of it will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a man for whom Trump seems to have a great deal of affection," John Oliver said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. While Modi may have charmed Trump, however, "within India he's an increasingly controversial figure, because his government has pursued a steadily escalating persecution of religious minorities -- persecution so intense that for the last two months, India...
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How Hindu supremacists are tearing India apart

For seven decades, India has been held together by its constitution, which promises equality to all. But Narendra Modi’s BJP is remaking the nation into one where some people count as more Indian than others. By Samanth SubramanianSoon after the violence began, on 5 January, Aamir was standing outside a residence hall in Jawaharlal Nehru University in south Delhi. Aamir, a PhD student, is Muslim, and he asked to be identified only by his first name. He had come to return a book to a classmate wh...
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Hindu god Shiva given seat on Kashi-Mahakal Express

Authorities say move was to ‘seek blessings’ for train taking people to pilgrimage sitesIndian rail authorities allocated a berth on a train on Sunday for the Hindu god Shiva, raising eyebrows in a country led by Narendra Modi’s hardline Hindu nationalist BJP party.Officials in charge of the Kashi-Mahakal Express, which was flagged off by the Indian prime minister, booked the upper berth in a second-class, air-conditioned compartment for the god known as the cosmic destroyer on the train’s inaug...
Tags: India, Religion, BJP, Narendra Modi, World news, South and Central Asia, Rail transport, Hinduism, Shiva, Hindu god Shiva, Kashi Mahakal Express


Muslim parents arrange Hindu daughter's marriage in the temple: Communal Harmony Project-52

Rajeshwari and Vishnu got married in a temple in Kasargod in the presence of Rajeshwari's parents--Abdullah and Khadeeja. Strange it may sound but Rajeshwari lived at the home of Abdullah and Khadeeja after her parents' death.  They raised her just like her parents and as she became an adult, the marriage was solemnised.  She was barely 7-8 years ago when she came to this house and now, 15 years later, when she is 22, she was married off.  To Abdullah's three sons, he ...
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Modi's BJP suffers big loss in New Delhi elections

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party suffered a dramatic local election defeat in New Delhi over the weekend, with voters in the capital choosing to ignore his divisive platform.
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Narendra Modi's BJP suffers big loss in New Delhi elections

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party suffered a dramatic local election defeat in New Delhi over the weekend, with voters in the capital choosing to ignore his divisive platform.
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Modi's party concedes defeat in Delhi after polarising campaign

Anti-establishment AAP on course to win 62 seats after BJP played up anti-Muslim rhetoric India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party has suffered a major defeat in another key state election, after failing to win over voters in Delhi with a campaign that was one of its most polarising yet.The anti-establishment Aam Aadmi party (AAP), which has governed the capital for the past five years, is on course to win 62 seats in the 70-seat assembly after running on an agenda centred on anti-corruption, healt...
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Modi's party poised to lose Delhi election after polarising campaign

Anti-establishment AAP on course to win 57 seats after BJP played up anti-Muslim rhetoric India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party is projected to suffer a major defeat in another key state election, after failing to win over voters in Delhi with a campaign that was one of its most polarising yet.The anti-establishment Aam Aadmi party (AAP), which has governed the capital for the past five years, is on course to win 57 seats in the 70-seat assembly, after running on an agenda centred on anti-corru...
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A steady drip-feed has normalised hatred against Muslims in BJP-ruled Karnataka. Which is why Kannadigas are so apathetic to the Police claim that a poor, unlettered domestic help tutored a Class VI girl to wage war against the mighty Indian state.

As a pictorial representation of the perverse inhumanity that the “land of Buddha and Gandhi” has embraced as its key performance indicator since 2014, it is difficult to beat the two images that emerged out of Karnataka’s northern-most city, Bidar, in the week following the 70th year of the founding of the Republic. In the first picture (above), two boys, barely four feet tall, sit alternately crouching and cowering in fear before two XL policemen, one carrying a questionnaire, the other a cli...
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Delhi’s State Elections Will Show If Narendra Modi’s Divisive Politics Are Working

The convoy slowed as it wound through a narrow street in Pilanji village, a cramped urban development not far from central Delhi. Inching forward behind an advance guard of police, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s Chief Minister, waved from his seat on top of a converted yellow jeep. Above, through a tangle of cables and drying laundry, people on balconies waved back. Another car, following behind, blasted election slogans through speakers on its roof. It was Wednesday night, and Delhi’s e...
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'Feed them bullets not biryani': BJP uses Delhi elections to stoke religious hatred

Even for a party known for its openly Hindu nationalist agenda, the campaign has been one of their most brazenly anti-MuslimStanding before a political rally in Delhi, Yogi Adityanath, the firebrand Hindu nationalist chief minister of Uttar Pradesh known for preaching hate and violence against India’s Muslims, did not mince his words.The thousands of women who have been gathered for two months in the Delhi suburb of Shaheen Bagh in protest against India’s new citizenship law were “terrorists”, h...
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307 million PAN-Aadhaar linked, Govt extends deadline for 175 million pending linkages

Over 307 million PAN have been linked with Aadhaar, the Finance Ministry informed Parliament yesterday in a response to a question asked by BJP MPs P.C. Gaddigoudar and Ram Shankar Katheria. At the same time, 175 million linkages remain pending, and hence the deadline for the linkage has been extended by another 3 months to […] ...
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BJP recommends tax tweaks to attract foreign investors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party has recommended adjusting rules on taxing equity market returns in the upcoming budget on Feb. 1, which if accepted, could attract more capital inflows into the stock markets, a senior party leader said.
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A Hindu bomber detonates the Mangalore ‘bomb’ in the face of Kannada news media. And a newspaper suggests mental tests and medical treatment for the ‘real terrorists’: embedded editors, owners and TV anchors.

Karnataka is the outlier in peninsular India—the only state in the South that the BJP has managed to come to power, by hook and by crook. Twice. There is a plethora of political reasons for this, including caste realignment, but there can be little doubt that the Kannada media has played a hands-on role in paving the way for the Hindu nationalist party to gain a foothold, and then obtain a stranglehold, in a progressive state known for pioneering social reforms. Politically invested media owners...
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My next TOI blog post: The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – in four parts

Here: Part 1 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/seeing-the-invisible/the-eccentric-economic-ideology-of-rss-and-bjp-part-1/ Part 2 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/seeing-the-invisible/the-eccentric-economic-ideology-of-rss-and-bjp-part-2/ Part 3 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/seeing-the-invisible/the-eccentric-economic-ideology-of-rss-and-bjp-part-3/ Part 4 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/seeing-the-invisible/the-eccentric-economic-ideology-of-rss-and-bjp-pa...
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As India’s Constitution Turns 70, Opposing Sides Fight to Claim Its Author as One of Their Own

On Jan. 14, protesters gathered in the northern Indian city of Allahabad and lit candles at the base of a tree trunk, beside portraits of two fathers of the Indian nation. One, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi—better known by his honorific, Mahatma (great soul)—is recognizable as the Indian independence activist and icon to peaceful protesters around the world. The other, however, remains lesser known outside India. He is Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the primary author of the Indian constitution...
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‘A Defining Moment.’ An Indian State’s Decision to Challenge the Country’s Controversial Citizenship Law Signals a Growing Divide

Kerala became the first Indian state to challenge the country’s controversial citizenship law before the Supreme Court on Jan. 14 following nationwide protests against the measure, which critics say could turn Indian Muslims into second-class citizens. The state’s lawsuit argues that the Citizenship Amendment Act , which offers a fast track to Indian citizenship for non-Muslim refugees from three neighboring countries, is “discriminatory” and runs counter to the Indian constit...
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After India's Amazon snub, BJP slams Bezos-owned Washington Post

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party on Friday slammed editorial policies of billionaire Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, even as his e-commerce firm Amazon announced plans to create a million jobs in the country by 2025.
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India Snubs $1 Billion Amazon Investment as Resentment Grows

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. India’s government has scoffed at Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos’ offer to invest $1 billion in the country, firing the latest salvo at an e-commerce giant that’s been accused of predatory business practices.Trade minister Piyush Goyal delivered a stinging rebuke two days after Bezos arrived in New Delhi and touted his efforts to help digitize small and medium enterprises. The in...
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After India's Amazon snub, Modi's party slams Bezos-owned Washington Post

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party on Friday slammed editorial policies of billionaire Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, even as his e-commerce firm Amazon announced plans to create a million jobs in the country by 2025. Vijay Chauthaiwale, chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) foreign affairs department, said there was "a lot of problem" with the newspaper's coverage of India, but gave no examples. The swipe at the Post came a day after a cabinet minister gave short sh...
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After India's Amazon snub, BJP slams Bezos-owned Washington Post

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party on Friday slammed editorial policies of billionaire Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, even as his e-commerce firm Amazon announced plans to create a million jobs in the country by 2025. Vijay Chauthaiwale, the chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) foreign affairs department, said there was "a lot of problem" with the newspaper's coverage of India, without giving any specific examples. The swipe at the Post came a day after a cabinet minister g...
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