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‘It felt like wringing a dry sponge’: India’s dairy farmers face searing heat

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Kailas Ramasamy gently guides his cows into a hangar-sized shed, tethers them to their posts, lays out their fodder and cleans the floor. Then, as he steps out, he flips a switch: ceiling fans begin to blow air on the...

Kangaroos in the street and a suitcase of iguanas: India’s exotic pet problem

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From the red-eared slider turtle, cockatoo and falcon to the yellow-cheeked gibbon, capuchin monkey and orangutan, nothing is too much for those demanding unusual pets in India. But it was the sight of three kangaroos...

‘To survive, I must appear fearless’: the former nun helping India’s garment workers fight sexual violence

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Many years ago, when Thivya Rakini was working as a domestic violence activist helping women to escape abusive husbands across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, she took a pair of scissors and cut her long blac...

India’s wheat farmers count cost of 40C heat that evokes ‘deserts of Rajasthan’

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It was his buffaloes that he was first worried about. As temperatures in the small village of Baras, deep in the Indian state of Punjab, began to soar to unseasonably hot levels in April, farmer Hardeep Singh Uppal no...

From India’s highs to Thailand’s lows, Asia’s weather is hitting extremes

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The final days of April saw further unbearable temperatures recorded in India and Pakistan. Temperatures peaked at 49C in Jacobabad, Pakistan on 30 April, with a high of 47.2C observed in Banda, India. The Indian Mete...

‘The tuber man of Kerala’ on a quest to champion India’s rare and indigenous crops

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Known as “the tuber man of Kerala”, Shaji NM has travelled throughout India over the past two decades, sometimes inspecting bushes in tribal villages, at other times studying the ground of forests closer to home among...

India’s biggest state begins voting in key test of Narendra Modi popularity

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India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, has begun voting in the first of a series of local elections that will be a test of the popularity of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, and his ruling party. With a populat...

India’s coronavirus death toll passes 500,000

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India’s official death toll from Covid-19 has passed 500,000, even as many experts flag underreporting of cases across the country. The daily update from the country’s federal health ministry on Friday showed the numb...

‘Depth of tradition’: Dior haute couture show celebrates India’s art and embroidery

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A Dior haute couture show in the gardens of the Musée Rodin is as Parisian as fashion gets. But this season, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s heart was in India. “There is an idea that Indian embroidery is something che...

Love jihad: India’s lethal religious conspiracy theory – video

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The mutilated body of a 24-year-old Muslim, Arbaaz Aftab Mullah, was discovered on a railway track near his home. His family believe he was murdered because of his interfaith relationship with a Hindu woman and that h...

India’s apple farmers count cost of climate crisis as snow decimates crops

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The homegrown apple is in danger of becoming a rarity in India, as farmers have lost up to half their harvest this year, with predictions that the country’s main orchards could soon be all but wiped out. Early snowfal...

India’s farmers have won – but this doesn’t mean Modi is softening

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It is not often that Narendra Modi gives a televised address to the nation and it is met with relief, not disarray. The Indian prime minister’s previous frightening acts of decisiveness have included announcing a comp...

Is India’s pledge of net zero by 2070 an ambitious target – or worthless words?

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It was the headline-grabbing announcement of the first day of Cop26: India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, pledging his country would go net zero by 2070. The declaration proved divisive. Some in the British press we...

India’s Christians living in fear as claims of ‘forced conversions’ swirl

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It was a stifling July afternoon when the crowd moved into the small district of Lakholi, in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, and gathered outside the house of Tamesh War Sahu. Sahu, a 55-year-old volunteer with the ...

Gail Omvedt: US sociologist who ‘lived by her principles’ among India’s poor

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At the village of Kasegaon, in India’s rural western region of Maharashtra, huge crowds turned up for the funeral in August of a US-born, white sociologist whom many local people saw as one of their own. Most of the m...

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