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Stories about India

Press freedom in Jammu and Kashmir: An interview with journalist Anuradha Bhasin

VideoVolunteers community correspondent Basharat Amin interviews Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of the Daily Kashmir Times newspaper, to understand the present situation of freedom of the press in Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian farmers’ protests: Twitter withholds, then restores, prominent accounts by government order

Twitter restored the accounts after concluding they were "speech and newsworthy," a decision the Indian government decried: "Twitter cannot assume the role of a court and justify non-compliance."

Supreme Court steps in after sexual assault verdict leads to public outcry in India

Judge courts controversy by stating ‘no skin contact means no sexual assault’ in case of a child groping victim.

Unmarried women and sexual health: Battling stigma in India

"If you are not married, and having sexual relationships, you are considered impure and the doctor will not treat you."

2020 round-up: COVID-19 in South Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic swamped our coverage in the past 12 months as we highlighted the challenges people faced and the fight against the coronavirus across the region.

European NGO uncovers 15-year Indian disinformation campaign

The explosive report by a Brussels-based Non-Governmental Organisation has unleashed a new war of narratives between India and Pakistan.

Combating misinformation in under-resourced languages: Lessons from around the world

A recent webinar explored how underresourced language communities may be at a disadvantage to tackle misinformation and access media literacy resources.

Exemplary governance: Which countries should high-COVID nations follow?

"What seems clear is that global exemplars do not have to look the same in terms of political structures, incomes, or economic ideology."

Sora, an indigenous language from India, is getting a new typeface

Indian type designer Sony Salma has recently created a new typeface for the Sorang Sompeng, an old and little-used alphabet of the Sora.

Indian ad featuring Hindu-Muslim family pulled after rightwing backlash

The advert by jewellery brand Tanishq shows a Hindu woman being led by her Muslim mother-in-law to a traditional Hindu baby shower.

A Kashmiri medical student paints on leaves to beat COVID-19 stress

Tabish Aijaz, a young medical student from Anantnag district in Kashmir, is using her natural ability to paint to beat the stress caused by exams and the COVID 19 pandemic.

Facebook denies accusations of fuelling hate speech and pro-BJP bias in India

On September 16, Facebook India’s chief issued a statement denying accusations that the social media giant is making profits by giving a platform to hate speech in India.

Child activist Licypriya Kangujam leads India's movement against climate change

A young girl hailing from Manipur, India, is making a bid to save planet Earth by spreading awareness and calling for collective accountability.

Policing the digital frontiers: Is India weaponizing technology to silence civil society?

In the world's largest democracy, the targeting of human rights defenders through spyware poses a threat to fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and privacy.

BJP-led Assam state in India criticized for failed promises ahead of elections

The BJP was elected in the rural state in 2016 on promises to create jobs and clean up corruption. Four years on, the government faces shortcomings on both fronts.

Border row, trade turmoil and rising Chinese influence send Indo-Nepal ties to lowest ebbs

Nepal finds itself in the line of fire of the China-US trade war and the Indo-China border conflict.

How the world's six largest economies are faring amidst the global political economy of COVID-19

"The political economy of any one nation, however, is interlinked with the global economy, and because of this the scale of activities in the largest economies really does matter."

Millions of Indian students sit university entrance exams after government disregards protests to postpone them

Students protested throughout the entire month of August, citing concerns with COVID-19 transmission and reduced transportation in quarantined zones.

Indian scientists pen letter against government slashing of environmental protections

The letter says the updates to the Environmental Impact Assessment norms will encourage projects with no prior clearance to commence operations and eventually get regularised by paying a fine.

COVID-19 leaves Indian tea workers struggling for survival

The Indian tea industry is facing losses that hamper the already tenuous well-being of labourers, whose stark economic reality has led them getting back to work during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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