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Stock trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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India’s high commissioner in London, V.K. Krishna Menon, signs the oath of allegiance to the Indian Constitution at India House in London in front of paintings of Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohandas Gandhi on Jan. 26, 1950.

Dismantling the World’s Largest Democracy

A new book recounts the inspiring story of how India’s constitution introduced democracy to people who had never experienced it before. Those freedoms are now in jeopardy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Narendra Modi’s Sisyphean Quest for Global Coronavirus Cooperation

India’s prime minister is pushing for a regional response while facing a growing crisis at home.

A group of migrant workers and laborers walk toward Uttar Pradesh as the nationwide lockdown continues over the coronavirus.

Social Distancing Is a Privilege

For a daily laborer in Mumbai, staying home means “my children and my wife will die.”

A Muslim man walks inside a burned house in a riot-affected area in New Delhi on March 1, 2020, after violence broke out in India's capital.

In Delhi, First Came the Pogroms. Then Came Coronavirus.

For Indian Muslims forced from their homes by mob violence, not even displaced persons camps can protect them now.

An almost empty Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate on March 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

In Germany, Coronavirus Is No Longer a Distant Threat

Germans used to be happy they were far away from China, but as COVID-19 ravages Europe, they no longer feel safely removed.  

A health worker checks the body temperature of a woman amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus at Kapaleeshwar temple.

Can India Avert a Health Apocalypse?

The world’s largest democracy is particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases—but history shows it can be surprisingly resilient.

U.S. President Donald Trump (left) shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The India-U.S. Relationship Is Bigger Than Its Showboating Leaders

Trump and Modi met as Delhi burned, but the democratic principles underpinning ties haven’t vanished.

Shree Maa Anantanand sits behind medicine made from cow urine, which she uses to treat patients suffering kidney ailments and cancer at her hospital in Ahmedabad, India, on Feb. 27, 2010.

Hindu Nationalists Are Pushing Magical Remedies for the Coronavirus

Ayurvedic medicine and other pseudosciences are being pushed by BJP politicians.

Protesters burn an effigy of Indian Home Minister Amit Shah during a protest demanding his resignation.

Modi’s India Is Racing to a Point of No Return

Indian culture may be ancient, but its unity is rare and recent. A growing hostility to Muslims threatens to upend the world’s largest democracy.

Mourners gather around the body of Mohammed Mudasir, who died in sectarian riots in New Delhi

India’s Muslims Accuse Police of Targeted Killings

As protests against a new citizenship law sweep the country, signs that the authorities are condoning and even instigating violence have India’s Muslims alarmed.

Security personnel patrol a street.

Why India’s Muslims Are in Grave Danger

An expert on communal riots says the country may well be witnessing the start of a larger pogrom.

Indian National Congress workers shout slogans against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Amritsar on Feb. 26.

India’s Illiberal Turn Won’t Shake Its Relationship With the United States

Mobs roamed New Delhi’s streets as Trump and Modi talked, but the partnership remains robust.

Demonstrators hold placards and wave Indian flags.

India’s Economic Troubles Are Rooted in Politics

Economic models often fail to account for hidden assumptions. Ignoring the importance of trust and belonging in society may be hurting New Delhi more than policymakers understand.

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