Since Pakistan wields influence over the Taliban, its rival New Delhi is facing a herculean task in securing its investments in Afghanistan.
Top US diplomat Antony Blinken is billed to discuss Afghanistan turmoil, strengthening Indo-Pacific engagement, as well as New Delhi's recent human rights record, with Indian officials.
Online app "Sulli Deals" steals pictures of hundreds of Muslim women and puts them on sale, sparking massive outrage against its unidentified creators.
Indian Muslims worry that several mosques will meet the fate of Babri Masjid, which was first demolished by Hindu mobs in 1992 and then officially handed over to the Hindu community in 2019.
US-based research group cites mob violence against Muslims, intimidation of journalists and rising judicial interference since Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party won power in 2014 as reasons behind the downgrade.
Kashmir's abysmal freedom of press dips further as several journalists are booked for 'anti-national activities'.
Rights groups say the citizenship law, combined with poor urban development, could lead to the forced eviction of millions of people living in poverty. Meanwhile, Muslim women continue to occupy New Delhi's streets in resistance to the divisive law.
Government of northern Uttar Pradesh state sent 230 notices to people, mostly minority Muslims, also demanding heavy fines over damage to public property during protests over a controversial citizenship law.
Nine people killed in northern Uttar Pradesh state in clashes between police and protesters, officials say, raising death toll in more than a week of unrest triggered by a citizenship law widely seen as anti-Muslim.
The fear of losing everything gives many Indian Muslims the courage to speak up against the Modi regime, even though they are facing a violent police crackdown.
The measure is the latest move by the governing Hindu nationalist BJP that targets followers of Islam. A previous measure stripped millions of mainly Muslim residents of Assam of citizenship.
Soura, a crammed lakeside neighbourhood and surrounded by Indian troops on three sides, has become a centre of anti-India protests in India-administered Kashmir.
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