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Devika Sakhadeo

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Latest posts by Devika Sakhadeo

23 May 2019

India's Lok Sabha 2019: Results are in after a weeks-long election process

People have taken to Twitter to vent out their anticipation. Many have taken the exit polls results to be completely reflective of the actual results and have started congratulating Narendra Modi.

17 April 2019

Indian voters undeterred by missing names from electoral lists and violent clashes

Barring a few incidents, the voting on the first day of the election went on peacefully and voter turnout was high. The next phase of election starts on April 18.

3 April 2019

Hashtag battle in India as candidates go head to head in 2019 summer elections

The fiercely contested political campaigns embrace slogans, counter-slogans and a lot of drama as the world's largest democracy goes into election from the 11th April to 19th May 2019.

18 January 2019

India's Sabarimala row: How women fought against religious patriarchy for the right to pray

Right-wing groups are in an uproar after the Indian Supreme Court allows women of menstruating age to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

21 August 2018

Netizens flood the internet with support for monsoon victims in Kerala, India

"Kerala is striving together...to overcome the catastrophic flood. However...some are trying to malign this great effort with misinformation in the form of fake messages on social media."

16 July 2018

Are these the last Dropka yak herders in Sikkim?

A community in the northern Indian state of Sikkim experiences challenges which threaten the existence of its traditional occupation of yak herding.

13 July 2018

In India, regulators are deciding the fate of sensitive data behind closed doors

Advox

In 2017, the Supreme Court of India ruled that privacy of Indian citizens is a fundamental right -- how will that affect the country's national ID system?

15 June 2018

Mob lynching in India based on WhatsApp rumors claims lives of two innocent men

"Candle light vigil last night in #KarbiAnglong by Karbi Students' Association, KNCA and many other organizations, demanding justice for #NilotpalDas and #AbhijitNath and an end to lynch mob culture..."

4 June 2018

As fuel prices in India hit a four-year high, an outraged public demands tax relief

Due to stronger global prices for crude oil, India is witnessing a rise in retail prices as the country sources 80% of its oil needs from abroad.

29 December 2017

Teenage Abuse Victim Faces Online Criticism, Accused Granted Bail

"The case mirrors a repeated pattern which tends to dissect a sexual abuse victim's language and dress while giving the accused a pass under the 'Boys will be boys' mentality."

29 November 2017

#DemocracyDefeated: How Indian Right-Wing Groups Stalled A Bollywood Period Drama

Scandal surrounding "Padmavati" film causes Indian BJP leader to call for the lead actor's beheading and draws attention to larger issues of freedom of expression in film.

14 November 2017

In India, Class and Gender Inequities Impede Justice for Sexual Harassment Victims

Advox

"...the entire justice system itself is aligned towards keeping patriarchy and caste system intact."

8 September 2017

As Myanmar Violence Spikes, Why Is India Threatening to Deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims?

"Surely Modi's government must know of the terrible suffering these Rohingya have fled from."

30 August 2017

Rape Conviction of an Indian Cult Chief Leaves Millions of Followers in Limbo

As the chief headed to court in Panchkula with a convoy of 700 cars, thousands of followers gathered on the streets of Haryana and Punjab in support of their 'godman.'

2 May 2017

Indians Are Speaking Up About Depression to Do Away With the Social Stigma Surrounding It

"In my heart, I believe that the time is now right for the world to deal with depression a kinder way."

3 April 2017

Criminal Case Against Indian Poet Provokes Controversy Over Speech Rights

Advox

The poem was posted on Facebook on World Poetry Day — but its verses were not welcomed by everyone.

20 March 2017

India Fights to Bring ‘My Freedom Day’ to Its 12 Million Slaves

This year, roughly 12 million slaves in India couldn't celebrate My Freedom Day. That number could rise to 18 million, if more isn't done to help India's most vulnerable.