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Fascism in India: The role of Nazis in Hindu nationalism

Reading Time: 7 minutes When writing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in Hindu extremism, I committed the cardinal sin of not defining a key term: fascism. This was a conscious choice, because I’ve written before on how quickly we mire ourselves in political word games. Better to start with the government figure that Western media keeps centering, as […]

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Fascism in India: Who’s ‘in charge’ of 1.4 billion?

Reading Time: 8 minutes There’s something fascinating, if also disturbing, about Western incuriosity around the world’s largest democracy. 1.4 billion of our world’s 7.8 live in India, a country a third the size of the US, which has under a quarter of India’s population. How can the fortunes of so many mean so little? Nevertheless, India exists in the […]

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Right-wing Hindu zealots torch copies of the Kama Sutra

Reading Time: 4 minutes A BOOKSHOP in the city of Ahmedabad in India was raided by a gang of 12 who seized illustrated copies of the world’s oldest book on erotic love and relationships, claiming that the Kama Sutra was “offensive” and needed to be destroyed. Along with the protest came a warning that, in future, any bookshops in […]

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Indian naturopath offering quack cures for Covid croaks aged 65

Reading Time: 3 minutes IN March Mohanan Vaidyar, above, was arrested by Kerala police and faced charges of spreading false information about the Corona pandemic and peddling junk ‘immmunity boosters’ at his Pattikkad Ayurvedic Centre. But Cherthala Mohanan Nair, as he was also known, won’t be facing trial because it was announced yesterday that he had died as a […]

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India’s nightmare ignited by religion, quackery & complacency

Reading Time: 3 minutes DONALD  Trump instantly springs to mind when one thinks of a deranged world leader who surrounded himself with religious lackeys, conspiracy theorists and charlatans touting absurd cures during the initial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mercifully, the deranged tyrant is gone, leaving the media to concentrate on India’s answer to Trump – Prime Minister Narendra […]