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India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, takes part in the consecration of a controversial new Hindu temple in Ayodhya, January 2024. Planetpix/Alamy Stock Photo

India elections: ‘Our rule of law is under attack from our own government, but the world does not see this’

Over the past decade, I have documented the erosion of India’s once robustly democratic legal system as part of Prime Minister Modi’s ‘authoritarian playbook’
A man walks past posters of the film ‘PM Narendra Modi,’ a biopic on the Indian prime minister, during its launch in Mumbai, India, in 2019. AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

Bollywood is playing a large supporting role in India’s elections

Ahead of elections in India, a series of films that promote the ruling party’s right-wing ideology are seeking to influence voters. An art historian explains how the trend started.
Authorities in the U.S. said an Indian government official directed a plot to assassinate Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in New York City. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Alleged assassination plots in the U.S. and Canada signal a more assertive Indian foreign policy

This announcement by U.S. authorities could have potential ramifications for Indian politics, both at home and abroad, and could spur separatist activities in the Sikh diaspora.
President Joe Biden speaks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House in Washington D.C. on June 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Alleged assassination plot against Sikh separatist could hamper India-U.S. relations

Reports of an alleged Indian plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist in the United States could undermine India-U.S. relations and both country’s efforts to counter China’s growing influence.
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard next to a police barricade outside the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, India, in September 2023. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Geopolitical chess game: Why India has no interest in serving as a western pawn

India is far from posing a threat to American power the way China is now. But if the West elevates India at China’s expense, it will eventually have to contend with Indian challenges.
A person holds a sign during a protest outside the Indian consulate in Vancouver in September 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

India’s accusation of ‘terrorism’ is a ploy to hide its own human rights abuses

If it turns out India was involved in the death of a Sikh activist in Canada, it should be regarded not only as an extrajudicial killing but also as an act of state terror.

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