Lauren Frayer

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Tensions with China revive old fears for Indians of Chinese descent

Sunday, December 12, 2021

In 1962, thousands of Indians of Chinese descent were sent to prison camps during a brief war with Beijing. Recent clashes on the India-China border have revived Chinese Indians' fears of persecution.


This 19th-century short story might help combat racism against refugees today

Friday, December 10, 2021

India's Rabindranath Tagore was the first nonwhite writer to win the Nobel Prize in literature. His 1892 story, "The Kabuliwala," fostered empathy for migrants and refugees. It still resonates today.


India's top military official, Bipin Rawat, dies in a helicopter crash

Thursday, December 09, 2021

An investigation is underway into Wednesday's helicopter crash that killed India's top military leader — along with 12 other people, including his wife.


Riots haven broken out after soldiers in India killed members of an indigenous tribe

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

The killings of more than a dozen tribal people by Indian forces threaten a shaky ceasefire in one of the world's longest-running struggles for self-determination by indigenous people.


New Delhi is closing schools as it tries to deal with air pollution

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Kids in Delhi, India, have been indoors for 20 months –- first for COVID, now for smog beyond four times what's safe. Officials have installed towers to filter it, but scientists say they don't work.


India's oldest Chinese community faces the impact of the two country's tensions

Saturday, November 27, 2021

A postcard from India's oldest and largest Chinese community, where residents are feeling recent tensions between Delhi and Beijing.


India's farmers faced down a popular prime minister and won. What will they do now?

Friday, November 26, 2021

India is repealing controversial farm laws that sparked a year of protest from farmers. Analysts say it's both a victory for nonviolent resistance, and a shrewd political move.


What a year of protests did for farmers in India — and what's next for them

Friday, November 26, 2021

Some see the repeal of India's controversial farm laws as a victory for non-violent protest. Others say reform is still needed. What's next for the Indian farmers who've spent a year protesting?


The migration themes in the 19th century short story 'Kabuliwala' resonate today

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Generations of Indian schoolkids have read Kabuliwala — the tale of an Afghan migrant in India. The story remains timely today with mistreatment of migrants, especially Muslims, on the rise.


After a year of massive protests, India will repeal controversial farm laws

Friday, November 19, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his government will withdraw sweeping farm law changes that provoked widespread protests and posed a significant political challenge to his administration.


Comedian Vir Das called out sexual violence in India. Now he faces lawsuits

Thursday, November 18, 2021

In his Kennedy Center show, Das spoke of two sides of his native India: rich and poor, united but divided over women's rights and more. It was a hit in D.C., but brought legal trouble in India.


Air pollution in northern India is causing partial lockdowns in New Delhi

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

India's capital is under partial lockdown because of a health emergency. But it's not COVID-19. It's air pollution that has exceeded four times what's safe.


New Delhi's air pollution is so bad, officials are calling for a citywide lockdown

Monday, November 15, 2021

New Delhi's schools are already closed this week because of air pollution that has been about four times the safe limit.


Meet the feisty, 5-foot-tall thorn in the side of India's prime minister

Monday, November 15, 2021

Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state, is one of Narendra Modi's fiercest critics. She's especially beloved by women and the impoverished. But gaining national traction may be tough.


India's environmental issues have been made worse by global warming

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Unusually heavy rains. Toxic smog. A poisoned river in the capital New Delhi. India's rapid development has left it with many environmental challenges, on top of erratic weather from climate change.


India pledges net-zero emissions by 2070 — but also wants to expand coal mining

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told COP26 that India, the world's third-biggest carbon emitter, would go net-zero by 2070. But appetite for coal, which supplies 70% of India's power, remains high.


Where do China, India and Brazil stand on climate pledges?

Friday, October 29, 2021

20 nations are responsible for 80% of the world's carbon emissions. Ahead of the COP26 climate summit, we look at what China, India and Brazil — three of the world's biggest emitters — are doing.


India still counts on coal for its power. And that could be a problem

Saturday, October 23, 2021

As the West moves away from coal, India still relies on it for 70% of its power. Rising energy demands & global price fluctuations have led to an acute coal shortage, threatening widespread blackouts.


India marks its 1 billionth COVID vaccination — but the fight is far from over

Thursday, October 21, 2021

India is celebrating its 1 billionth COVID-19 vaccination. But only a third of its population is fully-inoculated, and export orders are backed up.


Hindu priestesses fight the patriarchy, one Indian wedding at a time

Friday, October 15, 2021

The priestesses are part of a feminist push to make Hinduism more inclusive. Some have begun officiating at Indian weddings stripped of patriarchal traditions: No more "donating" brides to in-laws.