January 22 will go down in history as a big day in India. Construction works have been feverish in the months leading up to the inauguration of the Ram temple, an event that many have labeled as important as August 15, 1947, the day India gained independence.
- The murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen and a prominent Sikh separatist leader in the western province of British Columbia who was shot dead on June 18, 2023 by two masked gunmen outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara (temple) in Surrey, near Vancouver, has sparked an international crisis. On September 18th, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau made an incendiary statement to the Canadian Parliament that Ottawa was looking into “credible allegations potentially linking” India to Nijjar’s murder. India has denied any role in the killing.
- Ever since demonetization, which enabled a rise in digital payments and debit cards, India has been rapidly moving toward a digital-first economy. Over the past decade, the country has set up a wide range of digital platforms whose number and scope have recently grown to include every aspect of life.
- The Congress leader’s disqualification comes after the banning of the BBC’s documentary on Narendra Modi and when the Prime Minister’s relationship to billionaire Gautam Adani is under scrutiny.
- India’s ruling Bhratiya Janata Party has blocked “The Modi Question”, the documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
- Despite its size and demographic weight, India has never managed to become the geopolitical giant it hoped to be in recent decades. It’s fast-paced economic and demographic growth however will soon permit it to surpass it’s historical colonizer making it the subject of courtship in a newly repolarized world.
- Citizens who are member of societal, ethnic or religious minorities are per se more vulnerable than the rest of a country’s population. That should be the case in India, too. Yet rather than being protected by the State, many of them are facing increasing hurdles, if not outright harassment through public measures. Prof. Nandini Sundar explains how.
- The landslide victory of Narendra Modi’s ruling party paves the way for his re-election in 2024. Anti-Muslim policies are set to be reinvigorated.