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People protesting the gang rape and killing of a woman in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, hold onto each other as policemen try to detain them in New Delhi, India, in September 2020. The gang rape of the woman from the lowest rung of India’s caste system sparked outrage across the country. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Gang rape exposes caste violence in India and the limits of Me Too

Because of its extreme violence, the Hathras rape sent shock waves throughout India: it is a disturbing reminder of the normalization of rape culture there and should be seen as a call to action.
A medic administers a COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai. India and South Africa have led efforts to get a waiver on intellectual property rights. Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Intellectual property and COVID-19 medicines: why a WTO waiver may not be enough

A waiver may not allow all developing countries to secure medicines and other anti-COVID technologies in a timely way.
Congress workers in Beawar burn effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 29 2021 during a protest against the government’s farming reforms measures and riots. Pacific Press Media Production Corp./Alamy Stock Photo

Why Indian farmers are so angry about the Modi government’s agricultural reforms

While new Indian agricultural reforms are ostensibly aimed at empowering farmers, there are fears they will have the opposite effect. Here's why.
Proponents of the new laws claim they will help India’s agricultural sector, but small, rural farmers fear losing their livelihoods. AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

India’s farmers are right to protest against agricultural reforms

New agriculture laws in India could adversely impact the lives of millions of small farmers who struggle with low wages. Farmers are right to protest against laws that jeopardize their livelihoods.
A protest march in Kolkata in support of farmers. Women have been central to the recent protests. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Women take lead roles in India’s farmers’ protest

The active participation of women in India's farmers' protests shows that the demonstrations are not only spaces of resistance and power but also of gender equity and empowerment.
Hungarian protesters hold glowing cellphones aloft at a 2017 protest against tough laws targeting foreign-backed nonprofit organizations and universities. STR/AFP via Getty Images

Donors grow more generous when they support nonprofits facing hostile environments abroad

Many countries, ranging from Hungary to Brazil, are using violence and legal measures to control, intimidate and shut down independent organizations – including foreign ones.
While government-level relations are important, nothing beats personal contacts for building strong ties between Australia and India. AP/AAP

6 unis had Hindi programs. Soon there could be only 1, and that’s not in Australia’s best interests

Hindi is the most widely spoken language of India and of the many people of Indian origin in Australia. The teaching of Hindi has been in decline at a time when the need for it has never been greater.
India’s plan indicates that commercial publishers are winning over the application of the open access system to make scholarly literature available for everyone. Dasapta Erwin Irawan

India’s plan to pay journal subscription fees for all its citizen may end up making science harder to access

All modern scientists should share ownership of their knowledge and research.

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