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Worsening epidemic and a sinking economy: Modi’s mid-year balance sheet

Having surrendered before the epidemic, India’s Narendra Modi govt. is hoping that the economy will bail it out. Unfortunately, we are likely to face the worst of both: a worsening epidemic and an economy that continues to shrink

Report says top Facebook executive in India openly backed Modi on internal company group

A report by Wall Street Journal revealed that Facebook’s policy head for the region, Ankhi Das, had said in an internal post “We lit a fire to his (Modi) social media campaign and the rest is of course history”

India’s Path Ahead: Test, Identify, Quarantine, Hospitalise

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the spread of COVID-19 across the world and the responses by various countries.

COVID religious segregation India Public hospital in India accused of segregating COVID-19 patients on religious basis

The Ahmedabad Civil Hospital has reportedly arranged separate wards for Hindu and Muslim suspects of the infection. The hospital authorities have cited government orders as justification for the move, according to media reports

Far-right BJP bites the dust in Delhi Elections

The centrist Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party), which formed its first government in Delhi in 2013 by building on the anti-corruption movement of 2011, secured 62 out of 70 seats in the assembly elections held on February 8

India’s data protection bill: from protecting data to a surveillance state

India’s Personal Data Protection bill provides some protection against big digital companies, but none against big government. The objective is a surveillance state where any criticism of the government would be considered sedition

India’s government is going to war against its own people

The brutal assault on those protesting the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Law takes place even as India is going through an unprecedented economic crisis

Explained_Indian electoral bonds Electoral Bonds: India’s Democracy on sale

The critics of this system point out that it legitimises the role of big money in elections and destroys any possibility of transparency in political funding.

West Bengal workers Indian state of West Bengal gears up for workers’ long march

The 283-km long march has been called by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) with the slogan “Save Public Sector”, against the government’s ongoing spree of selling and privatizing public sector undertakings

India partially lifts internet ban in Kashmir with strict conditions for users

Users are being asked to sign an informal bond which includes conditions restraining them from uploading all encrypted files that contain any videos or photographs, in addition to disallowing the use of social networking sites, proxies, VPNs and WiFi

Education in India Why India needs an absolutely free public education system

In order to make all public institutions of higher learning and research absolutely free, the government has to pay hardly 1% of GDP (i.e. less than Rs 2 lakh crore or USD 30.76 billion)

In India, police brutally attack JNU students protesting fee hike

Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi were baton charged and detained as they marched to parliament demanding the complete roll back of a massive fee hike

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