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Vishal M

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

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Latest posts by Vishal M

5 July 2019

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.

13 May 2019

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

RuNet Echo

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

22 April 2019

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

Advox

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

18 March 2019

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.

27 February 2019

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.

23 February 2019

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"

22 February 2019

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.

12 February 2019

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.

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.

7 October 2018

Despite proven flaws, India's biometric ID scheme was upheld by the Supreme Court. Now what?

Advox

Legal scholars and social scientists are likely to pore over this significant judgment for its far-reaching impact on civil liberties and socio-economic issues.

2 August 2018

Officials blame WhatsApp for spike in mob killings, but Indians say vicious party politics are at fault

Advox

"Mob lynching is a political tool being used to polarise society....The idea is to create a fear psychosis by unleashing the mobs on a certain community."

27 July 2018

In India, police protects cows while lynching victim accused of cow smuggling is delayed care

"It’s sad to know that cow protection is more sacred than saving a human life...Are minorities in the country really being marginalized and treated as second-grade citizens?"

1 June 2018

Videos allege Indian media houses promised to favor Hindu nationalism in exchange for cash

Advox

The videos come amid a rapid rise of "fake news" websites in India that seem intended to promote religious and communal tension.

20 April 2018

8-year-old Asifa's heinous rape and murder in India fans the flames of nationalism

"Asifa is not 'just the face of a child'; she symbolizes the violence her community faces."

22 February 2018

India's Investigation Agency ‘Defines’ Duties of a Journalist After Arresting Kashmiri Photojournalist Kamran Yousuf

Advox

"Indian authorities must stop trying to crush the independent press in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Authorities should immediately release Kamran Yousuf."

24 January 2018

#JusticeForAsifa: A Young Girl's Murder Shocks Jammu And Kashmir Residents — But Not the National Media

Nationally, reactions to the incident have been sporadic, with many Indians refraining from commenting or staging protests against the heinous crime.

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."

13 December 2017

Muslim Man Set on Fire and Murdered Amid Rising Islamophobia-Fueled Killings in India

"Mohammed Afrazul's brutal killing in Rajasthan should shame us all; if the sickening hate behind it does not disturb our conscience, nothing will."

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.

17 November 2017

Another Muslim Man Is Murdered in India's Rajasthan by Cow Vigilantes

"The term Gau Rakshak has slipped into the country’s lexicon of politics and culture over the past two years, in step with increasing activism by self-styled protectors and vigilante groups."

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