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Vishal Yashoda

Indian journalist with a keen interest in foreign policy and science journalism.

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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.

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.

Islamophobic post on Facebook leads to deadly violence in Bangalore

India experiences another episode of real-life violence triggered by online hate speech.

#BlackLivesMatter resonates in South Asia as Unilever drops ‘Fair’ from ‘Fair & Lovely’ cosmetic line

In the wake of the Black Lives Matters movement, Unilever announced that they would rebrand their leading skin care product ‘Fair & Lovely’ to 'Glow and Lovely'.

India bans TikTok, 58 other apps amid rising anti-China sentiment, border clashes

The border clashes and the stand-off between India and China reached naught after India decided to ban video-creation platform TikTok and 58 other apps due to “security issues”.

The coronavirus pandemic intensifies Islamophobia in India

Since the start of India's COVID-19 lockdown on March 25, 2020, instances of Islamophobia have intensified, threatening the life, rights, and integrity of millions of Muslims.

Death toll reaches 27 in India's citizenship protests

Mass demonstrations have engulfed both large and small cities nationwide.

India's citizenship bill fuels anti-Muslim prejudice fears

As India's ruling BJP pushes for the 'anti-Muslim' citizenship amendment bill, critics say that it violates India's secular constitution and threatens the very essence of India's plurality.

India's apex court halts tree felling in Mumbai amid protests

The Court stay on tree-cutting in Aarey may be a temporary victory to activists fighting for preserving Mumbai forest, but India is losing the larger battle on protecting the environment.

Reducing carbon footprint and waste generation is the need of the hour, says Indian environmentalist

Global Voices talked with lawyer and environmentalist Afroz Shah, prominently known for launching the world's largest beach clean-up drive in India's financial capital, Mumbai.

Indian activists oppose oil refinery project citing environmental concerns, as protests flare up

"Polluting industries will pollute wherever they go and cause environmental loss as well."

In India, opposition Leader Rahul Gandhi steps down after losing elections to Narendra Modi

India's opposition leader, Rahul Gandhi, announced his resignation as the president of the country's oldest party, Indian National Congress, after losing general elections earlier in May.

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina: ‘Even in Russia, social media is still an effective method for uniting people’

Masha Alyokhina talks art, activism, and feminism in Russia -- and why a new cold war is coming.

India bans China's TikTok for ‘degrading culture and encouraging pornography’

People in India have been banned from downloading TikTok, a hugely popular quick video-sharing app based in China.

As India grapples with climate change, youth groups and startups scout for greener solutions

Vishal from Global Voices spoke to Indian farmers, experts, youth-led groups and social entrepreneurs who are innovating ways to tackle climate change.

Tensions mount between Pakistan and India after retaliatory manoeuvres by both nations

The current situation represents the biggest escalation of tensions between the two South Asian nuclear-armed rivals in over three decades.

Tension between India and Pakistan mounts after terror attack in Kashmir

"amidst the political upheaval, some are urging the public to remember that when there is violence -- everyone suffers"

Kashmiri students face persecution in India after 46 soldiers were killed in terror attack

Kashmiri students face violence and discrimination after a terror attack that killed 46 soldiers.

As India's elections draw near, right-wing leader is arrested for shooting Mahatma Gandhi's effigy

A right-wing leader creates controversy after shooting effigy of Gandhi to celebrate the leader's assassination.

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