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Hate Speech In India, And Why Reporting It Is Risky

A growing number of Indians — including some lawmakers — have taken to social media to incite violence, particularly against Muslims.

Members of India's Rajput community shout slogans against film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in protest
Members of India's Rajput community shout slogans against film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in protest
Shruthi Cauvery Iyer

NEW DELHI — A few weeks back, Ashish Joshi, an official with the department of telecom (DoT), was suspended. The suspension came one day after Joshi filed a complaint against Kapil Mishra, a controversial lawmaker, reporting a Facebook video posted by the latter.

In the video, Mishra calls for attacks on several prominent actors, activists and politicians including Barkha Dutt, Prashanth Bhushan, Kamal Hassan and Naseeruddin Shah. He claims these individuals are "enemies of the nation" and that they support Pakistan. Additionally, he suggests that they should be dragged out of their homes onto the streets.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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