Pallavi Pundir

Senior Staff Writer


women's rights

Once Denied Combat Roles, Women Keep Making History in the Indian Armed Forces

Early this week, the Indian Navy deployed its first set of women combat aviators in frontline warships.
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14 hours ago

Inside India's Investigation Into Facebook’s Hate Speech Allegations

Indian lawyer and tech policy expert Sarvjeet Singh breaks down why the probe into Facebook’s alleged role in Indian politics is significant, and whether it would lead anywhere.
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2 days ago
violence against women

Forced to Abort, Tortured: Indian Women Continue to Face Violence Over Obsession With Male Children

In the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a man ripped open his pregnant wife’s belly to find out if it was a boy.
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3 days ago
world politics

Streets, Buildings, Museums: India Is on a Name Changing Spree To Erase the Mughal History

Historians and activists say the plan to rename a Mughal museum is in sync with the idea of a Hindu nation.​
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Fake Degrees, School Dropouts, Unqualified Doctors: India Has a Problem of Quacks

A WHO report found that over 57 percent of doctors in India are not medically qualified. But the deplorable and inaccessible public health infrastructure explains why they continue to thrive.
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police state

A Police Force in India Can Now Search and Arrest People Without a Warrant

In the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where extrajudicial killings and police brutality are common, the Special Security Force is being seen as dangerous.
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Crimes against women

Pakistan Gang Rape Sparks Nationwide Protests After Cop Blames Woman

The investigating officer blaming the survivor for being out late at night, and without a man, intensified the anger.
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global conflict

Everything You Need to Know About India and China’s Ongoing Border Dispute

This time, the experts say, the conflict could potentially spiral out of control.
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The Arrest of a Bollywood Actor in India Shows All That's Wrong With Media Trials

The frenzy around the case of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the arrest of his former girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty is the latest case study into how voyeuristic news coverage shapes public opinion.
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Why Does India Keep Dealing With 'Language Wars'?

Experts say promotion of the Hindi language intensified under Prime Minister Modi's government.
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‘We Don’t Feel Safe’: Indians Living in Border Towns Are Scared After ‘Abductions’ by Chinese Army

According to an Indian minister, China’s People’s Liberation Army has confirmed having the five missing men from Arunachal Pradesh. The two countries are said to be working on a handover.
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Inmates Released From Overcrowded Prisons Due to COVID-19 Are Struggling

From spending quarantine out in the open fields to being denied jobs—prisoners and social workers in India grapple with the strange new world of freedom.
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