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    India Is on a Name Changing Spree To Erase the Mughal History

    Early this week, the government of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) decided to change the status of a project that has been in the making since 2016: the Mughal Museum. In the city of Agra-home to the famous Mughal monument, the Taj Mahal-the museum was conceptualised to showcase the "political and cultural milestones" of the Mughal empire that ruled India for...

    • 2 days ago
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    Why Does India Have a Quack Problem

    Until last week, a man named Veeragandham Teja had a seemingly illustrious medical career. He is 23 and has worked in at least 16 private hospitals in the southern Indian state of Telangana. He even volunteered with the police to help migrant workers stuck in the state during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. On September 10, the police, while acting on a mental and physical harassment complaint by Teja's...

    • 3 days ago
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    India Just Gave Extraordinary Powers to a Police Force. Activists Find It Alarming.

    The northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) announced the formation of a "specialised, well-trained force" with the power to search and arrest people without a warrant. The Special Security Force (SSF) will be launched within the next three months, the UP government said on Sunday, September 13. UP is India's most populous state at nearly 200...

    • 4 days ago
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    Former Student Leader and Activist Umar Khalid Arrested For Alleged Role in Delhi Riots 2020

    "The government is arresting our members to stifle social resistance," Nadeem Khan, founding member of United Against Hate, a civil rights group in India, told VICE News. Late night on Sunday, September 13, police arrested UAH member and former student leader Umar Khalid, 33, under a controversial anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities...

    • 4 days ago
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    The Power of Fanfiction for Queer Communities

    When I put it this way, it sounds a little ridiculous, but I do believe the butterfly effect exists and small events have the power to change entire courses of lives. For me, that small event was coming across a Twitter thread, and that change in the course of my life was the realisation that I was bisexual. Sex My Quest to Become a Harry Potter Erotic Fanfic Writer Laura Bell 07.31.18 Fanfiction...

    • 4 days ago
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    Why a Gang Rape in Pakistan has Become a Rallying Point of Outrage

    On Saturday, September 12, a few hours before she stepped out of her home in Pakistan's capital city, Islamabad, Tooba Syed could not help but feel apprehensive. Four days earlier, a woman was gang raped at a desolate highway in Lahore-almost 300 kms away (over 180 miles) from Syed's hometown. The woman, who was driving home with her kids at night, was apprehended by...

    • 5 days ago
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    Everything You Need to Know About India and China's Ongoing Border Dispute

    The last week has been tense for India and China, the two largest standing armies in the world. For the first time in 45 years, shots were exchanged in a "provocative" manner at the de facto border, known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). This is the latest in months-long border conflict that involves deteriorating trust, border transgressions and violence....

    • 5 days ago
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    Gulf Returnees in South India Stare At An Uncertain Future

    R. Suresh earned INR 10,000 (USD 136) per month working as a peon cleaning offices and serving coffee in Kuwait. But in May this year, he paid five times that amount to get a seat on an Air India flight and a bed for 15 days in a government quarantine facility when he landed in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. He was part of the early repatriates from the Gulf and he hadn't...

    • a week ago
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    The Arrest of a Bollywood Actor in India Shows All That's Wrong With Media Trials

    On September 8, Bollywood actor Rhea Chakraborty, 28, was arrested on charges of allegedly buying cannabis for her former boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR). SSR, 34, was found dead on June 14. Initial investigation suggested that he died by suicide. Since then, the blame quickly shifted to Chakraborty when SSR's family registered a police complaint accusing...

    • a week ago
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    Language War Is One of the Oldest Issues in India. Here's What Triggered the Latest Wave of Protests

    On Sunday, September 6, a photograph of Yuvan Shankar Raja, a music composer, with actor Shirish Saravanan, both from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, went viral on Twitter. Saravanan wore a T-shirt that had "Hindi theriyathu, poda!" written on it. It's Tamil for "I don't know Hindi, go man!" Raja wore one...

    • a week ago

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