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.

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MURDER IN THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Eight-year-old Pradhyumn Thakur was already dead when I first saw his face on a breaking-news broadcast.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.


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defending rape

No one approaches rape in India in a more business-like manner than the lawyers who defend the accused. For them, every case of sexual offence is “bread and butter”. 

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india's suicide town

Life and death in Kota, a small town in India where a multitude of students prepare for the world's most competitive exam. 

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india at 70

Why big cities no longer translate to freedom for young Indians. What about the Indian idea of the ideal life has changed?

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KIDNAP, RAPE AND 'HONOUR' KILLINGS

On the road with a female reporter in rural India.The female journalists of Khabar Lahariya, rural India’s first feminist newspaper, speak up for women and other minorities in a notoriously patriarchal belt.

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hello from the other side

A day at 1090 call centre in Uttar Pradesh, where the local police is trying to tackle the problem of smartphones as the new site for everyday harassment Indian women face.

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DEVELOPING INDIA'S PERSONALITY

'Personality development' institutes are training Indians in “confidence” and “sophistication” – qualities deemed indispensable for success, social or professional, in a society increasingly preoccupied with image. .

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FeAR AND LOATHING IN BANGALORE

Information Technology companies are shedding thousands of employees across India. Once the face of a rising India, the IT workers are now faced with fear, fraud and isolation. 

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delhi's lady detectives 

The social media boom is playing havoc with the Indian urban marriage. There are 3,500 private detective agencies in Delhi alone, many run by women investigating unfaithful husbands and wives.

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the fixer

Pankaj Prasad believes it is through the sheer power of thinking big that he, the twenty-four year-old-son of a small-time construction supervisor, is a man of increasing importance in his village. 

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casting the net

The race to bring online dating to India.

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SEX, SCAMS AND SERIAL KILLERS

What keeps India's favourite true-crime magazine nice and juicy

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rich, cultured and lonely

How India's rising class looks for love now.