Indian Prime Minister Flexes His Authoritarian Muscle

When my dear friend Gauri Lankesh , a journalist who doggedly championed the cause of India’s increasingly persecuted Muslim and dalit (lower caste) minorities, was shot at point blank range in her driveway last year, it seemed that Indians had finally woken up to the fact that their 70-year-old liberal democracy was in trouble.

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The Rise of Hindu Fanaticism and the Killing of Indian Journalists: New at Reason

While the world thinks of India as a land of white doves and Gandhi, this once proud liberal democracy is descending into darkness. Just last week, Reason Foundation Shikha Dalmia’s friend Gauri Lankesh—a fiery Indian journalist who was an outspoken critic of Hindu fanaticism­—was shot at point-blank range outside her house in Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley.

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India And China Agree To “Disengage Troops” Along Disputed Border Area

On Monday morning, the world had one less geopolitical hotspot to worry about, when following months of escalating verbal jawboning and explicit threats on both sides, India agreed with China to disengage at the contested territorial dispute face-off site in Doklam.

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India’s Supreme Court rules that privacy is a fundamental right for citizens

India’s universal identification program — Aadhaar — suffered a setback today after the country’s Supreme Court voted unanimously in favor of individual privacy. Given the prevalence of data in today’s digital age, and the trend towards ‘smart living’ based on data, the ruling has the potential to be hugely impactful in India both now and in the… Read More

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China Warns Of “Looming Trade War” With India In Retaliation To Anti-Dumping Duties

One of the more under-reported stories – at least among the Western press – are the growing tension between China and India. As reported over the weekend , in the latest escalation, Indian and Chinese soldiers, in addition to the ongoing tense military standoff over a contested road in Doklam, were involved in an altercation in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month standoff in another part of the disputed border.

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