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India's New President Is an 'Untouchable'

Ram Nath Kovind is a member of lower-caste Dalit community

(Newser) - Members of the low-caste Dalit community in India were once known as "untouchables." How times have changed: Two just competed against each other for the largely ceremonial office of president, and 71-year-old Ram Nath Kovind came out on top, reports CNN . In India, the real power is with... More »

'Complicated Tone' Behind Trump, Modi Meeting

'Elephant in the room' between US, India: immigration and H-1B visa program

(Newser) - President Trump meets Indian PM Narendra Modi for the first time on Monday, and the world is watching the two politicians with striking similarities. MSNBC notes the "elephant in the room" is immigration, specifically regarding the H-1B visa program that allows Indian IT experts to make their way to... More »

Wall Collapse Kills Dozens of Wedding Guests

Police in India arrest building owner

(Newser) - India Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is "pained beyond words" by a disaster that killed dozens of people at a wedding in Rajasthan state Wednesday. Authorities say at least 25 people were killed and nearly 30 others injured after a dust storm hit as hundreds of people were... More »

3 Weeks After India's Rupee Ban, a 'Day of Rage'

Monday sees scattered protests

(Newser) - A surprise move earlier this month took India's two largest bank notes out of circulation, and on Monday scattered "day of rage" protests cropped up in various cities in response to the measure, the BBC reports. Although the ban on the 500- and 1,000-rupee notes was meant... More »

Indians Scratching Heads Over Trump's Ad in Hindi

Trump uses a Narendra Modi slogan, with his name swapped in, in 30-second spot

(Newser) - Less than a fortnight remains before Election Day, and Donald Trump is attempting an 11th-hour outreach to an entirely new demographic: Indian-Americans, reports the Washington Post . And so he's released a TV ad in which he attempts to speak Hindi (with a New York accent, the Post notes),... More »

10 Most Popular Leaders, According to Facebook

President Obama is the easy winner, but Queen Rania is in the top 10

(Newser) - Well, it's one way to measure world leaders: The PR firm Burson-Marsteller has taken a look at the Facebook pages of global bigwigs and provided a ranking based on their number of likes. Personal pages are counted separately from institutional pages, which is why President Obama's page and... More »

Indian Government Busted in Epic Photoshop Fail

The prime minister didn't really see that very clear flood image out his window

(Newser) - India's government likely hoped that sharing a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the site of intense flooding in Chennai would comfort victims. Instead it led to widespread mockery since it was obvious that the image was doctored. "We are all pained by the devastation in [Tamil... More »

Confusion in Wake of Indian Farmer's Suicide at Rally

Supposed suicide note mentions poverty, but some say Gajendra Singh was egged on

(Newser) - A land-reform rally in India's capital went horribly awry yesterday when a farmer took his own life in front of attendees, the Independent reports. Gajendra Singh, said by the Hindustan Times to be a 43-year-old father of three, shocked onlookers at the Aam Aadmi Party gathering by climbing a... More »

India Bans Incendiary Rape Documentary

Leslee Udwin had appealed to PM Narendra Modi against 'kneejerk hysteria'

(Newser) - A rapist's utter lack of remorse provoked no small amount of controversy over a coming documentary, and India swiftly responded today by banning India's Daughter outright, reports the New York Times . India won't "allow any organization to leverage" the 2012 gang rape of a woman on... More »

India PM 'Appalled' by Temple in His Honor

Priest sorry for angering 'god'

(Newser) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn't seem to mind basking in his own popularity at huge rallies—but he thinks being literally idolized is a step too far. After supporters in his home state of Gujarat put a bust of him in a temple and tried to dedicate it... More »

Obama's Chewing Gum a Problem Once Again

He's spotted with the stuff at a parade in India

(Newser) - It's got to be better than smoking in public, but President Obama's gum-chewing habit keeps getting him in trouble. The latest kerfuffle came in India, where Obama was watching a parade; reports noted his chewing of what was likely Nicorette. That incident has now made a number of... More »

Why Obama Watching a Parade in India Matters

It's significant on a number of levels

(Newser) - Today saw India's 66th Republic Day celebrations, and the first attended by a US president. But that's not because of past American snubs; rather, this was India's first invitation to a commander-in-chief, per the Wall Street Journal . Republic Day commemorates the anniversary of when India's constitution... More »

Obama in India: Nukes, Namaste, Climate Change

Presidential visit expected to yield wide-ranging talks with PM Modi

(Newser) - President Obama landed in India today and was greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who skipped protocol to give the American president a hug in what the AP calls "the warm relationship" the two share. During his welcome ceremony, Obama himself clasped his hands and bowed his head in... More »

Obama, Now Is the Time to Move on India

Key Asian ally has been neglected for years: Nicholas Burns

(Newser) - India's "charismatic and strong-willed" prime minister Narendra Modi is in town this week, and now is the time for the Obama administration to get serious about its long-neglected relationship with a key partner. Writing in the Washington Post , former undersecretary of state Nicholas Burns says that President Obama... More »

'Rebranded' India PM Wows NYC Crowds

Modi urges Indian-Americans to help motherland

(Newser) - There was a lot of love on display for Narendra Modi and the country he leads at a sellout appearance at Madison Square Garden yesterday. In what the BBC calls a "rebranding exercise, national and personal," the Indian prime minister told the mainly Indian-American crowd of 19,000... More »

White House to Host Dinner for Fasting Leader

India PM Narendra Modi won't eat during 5-day US trip

(Newser) - A state dinner with a difference: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins a visit to the US today, but although he'll be having a private dinner with President Obama, the White House chefs might as well take the night off because Modi is visiting in the middle of a... More »

There's a New Player on the Mars Scene

India's MOM probe succeeds at cost of just $72M

(Newser) - A proud day for India and its MOM: After a tense countdown early today, scientists in a Bangalore command center rejoiced as the country's Mars Orbiter Mission succeeded in putting a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet. The "Mangalyaan"—Hindi for "Mars craft"—probe... More »

4th Woman Found Hanged From Tree in India

Women's security should be the priority: PM

(Newser) - First a string of rape stories , now a wave of similar stories alleged to end from the branch of a tree: A 19-year-old woman has been found hanging in a northern Indian village, and her family says she had been raped. The BBC calls it the fourth such crime in... More »

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