India: Changing and Unchanging
FAKE NEWS THREATENS NOT JUST DEMOCRACY BUT LIVES IN INDIA
WhatsApp is fast emerging as the primary source of news for Indians, except most of what circulates as news in the private network isn’t based on facts at all. The consequences can be deadly.
MURDER IN THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Eight-year-old Pradhyumn Thakur was already dead when I first saw his face on a breaking-news broadcast.
Indian youth struggles with identity, jobs and sex
“I am 23 at present, but the hollowness has begun to set in.”
Millions of young Indians are heading online to make sense of their place in the world, expressing their unfiltered views on arranged marriages, joint families, the caste system.
New turn to INDIA’S caste conflicts
Dalits are being attacked across India for asserting their strides in education, jobs, income, through the way they live, dress, marry and party. They aren’t backing off anymore.
School killer to dreaded don: story of a life spiraling out of control
“If Bhai has to kill someone, he does it himself. He never threatens but believes in eliminating.”
At 19 years of age, Akash Yadav believed he had two options: to join a criminal gang or to start his own.
THE GREAT INDIAN JOBS SCAM
“See, every call centre is engaged in one or the other kind of fraud. You can’t do much.”
A scarcity of jobs and the anonymity of the internet have enabled an industry built around fake job promises. Some people who pay money to get jobs do end up employed, but as a job scammer.
a tinder murder in jaipur
In February 2018, Priya Seth and Dushyant Sharma met on Tinder. In May, Sharma was dead, and Seth was in jail on charge of murdering him.
Clashes over water and electricity across india
“First this government makes your life hell and then the electricity people.”
Poor and unequal access to water and electricity turn every Indian summer into a carnival of violence (state vs state, state vs individual, companies vs consumers, man vs neighbor).
the cult of the hindu cowboy
‘We will keep the numbers of the cow mother intact with our corpses.It’s going to be a fight the enemies will remember.’
In 2015 Haryana became India’s thirteenth state to outlaw the ‘murder’ of the cow and/or the consumption of beef.