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Chess Ban Holds Russia in Check

Chess Ban Holds Russia in Check

Banning Russia from chess would have been impossible in any earlier era given the grip it has on the game. But now, the scales have tilted. Last month, during the Chess Olympiad in India, a young team from Uzbekistan won the gold; the Indian team took home the bronze.

How India’s Violent Politics Came to Leicester

India’s Violent Politics Come to England

Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat when one of the deadliest riots took place in 2002 that led to the deaths of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus, according to official figures. Modi was banned from several countries, including the United States and Great Britain, because of the Gujarat riots. But despite 20 years since the Gujarat riots, the events in Leicester show how far Hindutva has come and how close to home it now is.

India’s War on Fact Checking Can Be Dangerous

India’s War on Fact Checking Can Be Dangerous

Thousands of Indians have fallen for rumors and false information circulating online, primarily on WhatsApp, that confirm their biases or introduce new ones that “the media won’t tell you,” propelling disinformation to epidemic proportions with each forward. The trend has also led to physical violence against unsuspecting citizens.

Rushdie Is India’s Forgotten Child of Midnight

Rushdie Is India’s Forgotten Child of Midnight

Rushdie has spoken against the government of Narendra Modi, which is violently suppressing Muslim and Christian minorities. When Rushdie was knifed in upstate New York, the very thin-skinned right-wing government of India did not issue a statement of support or indignation until almost two weeks after the attack.

Future Melting Away as Water Crisis Hits Northwest Corner of India

Future Melting Away as Water Crisis Hits Northwest Corner of India

The system of contiguous mountain ranges that run from Afghanistan to China, which includes the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush and the Karakoram, is often referred to as the Third Pole because it contains the world’s third largest storage of frozen water. But those critical ice reserves are quickly diminishing.

In India, the War on Journalists Is All-Encompassing

In India, the War on Journalists Is All-Encompassing

In this war on journalism, we are being attacked not only through intimidation tactics but also by a systematic assault from government sympathizers and their social media army. Online threats and social media harassment are a package deal for female journalists in India.

In an Indian State, a Church Pushes an Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theory

In an Indian State, a Church Pushes an Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theory

India’s Kerala state is both highly developed and religiously diverse. Yet the Hindu nationalist “Love Jihad” conspiracy has found an unlikely foothold there, aided by the church, and pitting two religious minorities against each other.