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‘I was told I’d be killed if I didn’t leave’: Himalayan state is a testing ground for Modi’s nationalism

A region known as ‘God’s land’ offers a glimpse of the future if Indian prime minister’s BJP party retains its powerFor centuries it has been known as the “land of the gods”. Stretching high up into the Himalayas, the Indian state of Uttarakhand is hom…

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Taliban edict to resume stoning women to death met with horror

Afghan regime’s return to public stoning and flogging is because there is ‘no one to hold them accountable’ for abuses, say activistsThe Taliban’s announcement that it is resuming publicly stoning women to death has been enabled by the international co…

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Indian women are being told nationalism will empower them. It’s a trick | Pragya Agarwal

Far-right Hindu nationalists are giving women prominence to mobilise others, but regressive patriarchal systems are embedded in their ideologyIt all started in the family WhatsApp group. A member of my extended family posted photos and videos of firewo…

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Last rites for Delhi’s forgotten: the woman who cremates strangers

Pooja Sharma has dedicated her life to providing a dignified end for thousands of unclaimed bodies lying in mortuaries in India, though she pays for it herself – and it ended her engagementOn an overcast, blustery day, with cars honking in the distance…

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