Lauren Frayer

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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.


The family which founded Air India regains control with a $2.4 billion bid

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

In the 20th century, Air India embodied the dreams of a newly independent nation. In the 21st, it embodied its challenges. The Indian government has sold its bankrupt airline.


In India, boy meets girl, proposes — and gets accused of jihad

Sunday, October 10, 2021

New state laws make it harder for interfaith couples to marry. The idea is to halt forced marital religious conversions. But they've emboldened extremists to interrupt weddings.


Members Of Quad Summit Will Discuss Ways To Counter China's Rise

Friday, September 24, 2021

President Biden hosts the leaders of Japan, Australia and India at the White House on Friday. The four key democracies are teaming up to counter China, which is also a major trading partner.


5 Things To Know About Biden's Quad Summit With Leaders Of India, Australia And Japan

Thursday, September 23, 2021

President Biden will meet on Friday with the leaders of Japan, Australia and India. Their agenda includes the pandemic and climate change. But analysts say the Quad group is mainly about China.


Farmers In India Are Trying To Revive Their Protests Against Agriculture Deregulation

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Last winter, Indian farmers staged some of the biggest street protests in history against government moves to deregulate agriculture. Nine months on, many farmers worry their cause has been forgotten.


India's New Laws Against 'Love Jihad' Give Hindu Conservatives Power To Halt Weddings

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

In India, Hindu nationalists have passed laws making it harder for interfaith couples to marry. The laws have increased a stigma and emboldened extremists to interrupt weddings.


A New Law In India Is Making It Harder For Interfaith Couples To Get Married

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

In India, new laws forbid brides or grooms from converting to their spouse's religion. The idea is to halt forced conversions. But they've led to attacks on interfaith couples.


The Taliban's Ideology Has Surprising Roots In British-Ruled India

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

The Taliban's ideology has distant links to India. Scholars say Afghanistan's new leaders might listen to clerics in the birthplace of Deobandi Islam, though the clerics deny ties with the Taliban.