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INDIA’S LOCKDOWN TRIGGERS BIGGEST MIGRATION SINCE PARTITION

1st Apr 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

On 20 March, hundreds of thousands of Indian migrant workers lost their jobs after India instated a 21-day lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus. This loss of employment has caused the workers to embark on journeys home to their villages — some as far as 650 kilometres — on foot, as all public…

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LOCKDOWN – GROWING NUMBER OF COUNTRIES IMPOSING STRICT CONTAINMENT MEASURES

25th Mar 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

On Monday 23 March, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa took the unprecedented step of announcing a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). South Africa joins a growing number of countries implementing strict containment measures. UK’s prime minister Boris Johnson also announced on Monday the imposition of the most stringent restrictions…

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SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN INDIA CLAIMS DOZENS OF LIVES

4th Mar 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

India has been rocked by the deadliest sectarian violence in New Delhi in decades. The fighting began on Sunday 23 February — just before US President Donald Trump arrived in the country for meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — and quickly escalated into mass riots, with Hindu mobs targeting Muslim homes in the…

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RIFT OVER INDIA’S CITIZENSHIP LAW

29th Jan 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Alex Pollock India’s Supreme Court has refused to put on hold the implementation of a controversial new citizenship law. The court also asked the government to respond within a month to a clutch of petitions challenging the law’s constitutional validity. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was passed in December last year [2019], prompting outrage…

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MAJOR BATTLEFRONTS OF 2019

28th Nov 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Andrew Richards and Donnelly McCleland 2019 has been characterised by major ongoing ‘hot’ wars, ‘cold’ wars, proxy wars and trade wars, often involving multiple nations. The ebb and flow in 2019 has seen some advances towards peace in major theatres of war, such as Syria and Yemen, while elsewhere peace has become more elusive,…

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MODI SCORES DRAMATIC ELECTION VICTORY

29th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security. His re-election reinforces a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory, from the United States to Brazil…

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KASHMIR CRISIS: TENSIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN EASE

6th Mar 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland The military escalation between India and Pakistan appears to be winding down for now. On Friday [1 March], Islamabad handed over Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, whose plane the Pakistan Air Force had shot down two days earlier. New Delhi declared it is committed to “maintaining peace and stability in the region”, suggesting…

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PAKISTAN AND INDIA BOTH CLAIM TO DOWN EACH OTHER’S JETS

28th Feb 2019 . by incontext_adm

28 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: ASIAN REVIEW) – India and Pakistan both announced that they had shot down each other’s fighter jets on Wednesday as tensions mounted between South Asia’s nuclear-armed neighbours. The Pakistan Air Force said they had shot down two Indian fighter jets over Kashmir. Pakistani officials said two Indian Air Force pilots were captured by…

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INFOGRAPHICS

13th Feb 2019 . by incontext_adm

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MILLIONS EXPECTED TO THRONG INDIAN CITY FOR WORLD’S LARGEST RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL

23rd Jan 2019 . by incontext_adm

India’s Hindu nationalist-led government is splashing out on the religious megafest [Kumbh Mela], spending  unprecedented sums as part of a strategy to focus on the country’s majority Hindu population ahead of a general election due this year. Both the central government in New Delhi and the government of Uttar Pradesh – the north Indian state where…

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