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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

This article from the BBC describes appalling violence in the Indian capital, which has led to a death toll of 27 at the time of writing. The article mentions that the spark that ignited the riots ...
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Is it accurate to compare the nuclearization of North Korea with that of Pakistan and India? Why or why not?

I heard a prominent university professor say on the radio the other day that we shouldn’t worry about North Korea going nuclear, because Pakistan and India both went nuclear peacefully - is this an ...
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Why is there no willingness in the international community to step in between Pakistan and India?

Pakistan and India are both nuclear powers. And, unlike other nations, such as North Korea vs USA, Pakistan and India genuinely hate each other and have since the two countries came into existence. ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

I have experienced the carelessness of the government bureaucrats. The assurance of them not losing their jobs no matter what, makes them behave utterly careless (at least in India, say in a ...
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How do countries justify their missile programs?

I will use India as an example. India seems to have only two real enemies: China and Pakistan. The longest range missiles India would need to launch an attack on China should be roughly around 5000 km ...
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What are the historical claims to Kashmir from India and Pakistan?

A current map of the world shows that Kashmir within India's borders. However some parts of Kashmir are claimed by Pakistan. What historical claims do Pakistan and India make to Kashmir?
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Why did democracy survive in India, whereas in most countries of the time it didn't?

I want to know why did democracy survive in India, whereas in other countries, especially in Africa, which gained independence around the same time, it didn't? What factors and reasons have been ...
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Why can't we use freedom of speech and expression to incite people to rebel against government in India? [closed]

In India we are not allowed to incite people to rebel against the government. Why are we not allowed to do so?
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Why weren't any sanctions imposed on India for not signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?

Why weren't any sanctions imposed on India for not signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?
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Do feminists oppose sex-selective abortion?

It is well known that the human sex ratio (men/women) is high in India and China due to gender-based abortion and infanticide (e.g. India and China). Under certain interpretations of the word, this ...
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What are the reasons behind a strong anti India sentiment in Bangladesh?

We all know that Bangladesh got independence from Pakistan because of India. So generally one can assume that relationship between India and Bangladesh is friendly. But the reality is different. There ...
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For what reasons does India claim a permanent seat in UNSC?

Currently, there are five permanent members of United Nations Security Council. India with other three nations, through G4, is demanding a permanent seat in UNSC. So, On what basis/points does ...
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Why does India want Kashmir so much?

Pakistan wants Kashmir because at the point of the partition Kashmir was (and still is to this day) a predominantly Muslim region. Therefore, Pakistan is looking out for what it considers its people. ...
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What is the nature of the “communist government” that West Bengal had for 34 years?

Till 2011, the Indian state of West Bengal had been under what the papers called "communist rule" for 34 years. I never really understood what this meant. In a socialist country, how can a state have ...
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Why hasn't Indian Govt still taken a step to slow down the rate of population growth in India?

India as of now is the second largest country by population just after China. Although we have seen that China, despite being a lot bigger than India in every terms has taken effective steps in order ...
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Why was there a man holding an Indian Flag during the protests at the US Capitol?

Why was there a man holding an Indian Flag during the protests at the US Capitol? Is there any connection between Indians and Trump supporters? Both India and the U.S are democratic counties.
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How can the Indian government ban old notes without passing any bill/law?

Before making any major decisions/policy/law for the public the Indian government should pass a bill. It's usually done through the voting by the Member of Parliaments in the Parliament. After getting ...
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What are the law changes farmers in India are protesting about

Currently farmers in India are protesting some law changes related to farming. Since Punjab is primarily agricultural, the changes are disproportionately affecting Sikhs which has lead to widespread ...
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Why is the military so much involved in Pakistan's establishment as compared to India?

Both India and Pakistan got independence at the same time and started their progress, but there is a clear contrast between Military's involvement in Politics/Establishment between the two countries. ...
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India - States and Union Territories

India has 28 States, and seven Union Territories. While States have their own elected Governments, Union Territories are directly controlled by the federal government. What was the purpose of ...
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Why is India still using the penal codes drafted by the British for punishments?

India is still using the Indian Penal Code, drafted in 1860, written by the British. Since India already gained their own independence, why can't they write their own penal codes?
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Do the Naxalites enjoy popular support among the poor population?

In India, the Naxalites are various armed political groups with communist and maoist ideologies. They have been declared a terrorist organisation by the government of India. The Wikipedia article ...
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Why has India suddenly decided to change its non-aligned posture?

Historically India had been a non-aligned country. It had been convenient for India. For instance, India managed to purchase weapons from major weapons suppliers while distancing itself from American ...
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Why didn't Britain, France & Russia object India on the successful test of Pokhran-II?

After the successful Pokhran-II nuclear test series, India was sanctioned and heavily criticised by all powerful countries except Britain, France and Russia. From the Wikipedia page, ...However, ...
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Why would the government care about sex-selective abortions?

It is often claimed that China and India have tens of millions of women "missing" because of sex selective abortions and that apparently this is a "very large issue". But why exactly would it be a big ...
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What are the main differences between the China and India? [closed]

In recent years, China and India have similarities in that they both have huge populations and have experienced extraordinary economic growth over the past decades. However, In many ways, China is ...
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Why does India's Constitution say it's a “Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic”?

The constitution of India states the following: We, The People of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic and to secure to all ...
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To what extent do Kashmiri people desire independence?

This is a link to an Indian debate show, where they discuss a "shocking poll" that reveals "73% of people in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir want freedom from Pakistan". Question: Is this true, and what ...
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Is the Left-Right divide applicable everywhere, especially in India?

In India, it appears as though suddenly the media have just slapped Left, Right labels on political parties out of the blue, because it certainly didn't seem to be there before. To my eyes, there are ...
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Lying in election affidavits

The former education minister of India, Smriti Irani has been caught lying in her previous election affidavits about her educational qualifications. She had at times, claimed to be a Yale graduate, a ...
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Why has China suddenly decided to station troops in the disputed Ladakh / Aksai Chin region?

The northeastern part of India known as Ladakh in India and Aksai Chin in China is a disputed territory between India and China. There is no international border between India and China in that region,...
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Is Article 370 of the Indian constitution regarding Jammu and Kashmir a temporary provision? Can it be removed?

Article 370 of the Indian constitution is an article that gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Amit Shah, the BJP President, said recently that this provision is temporary, ...
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How can some politicians become cabinet ministers without winning elections in India?

Smriti Irani and Arun Jaitley both lost the elections in the recent Lok Sabha elections in India, so how can they become cabinet ministers if they didn't even win the election? Mustn't one be a member ...
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If India got independence in 1947, how come there were governments by Indians before then?

I was looking at many early politicians of India and wondered why some of them are listed as Prime Minister, Chief minister, etc. of certain Indian states, before 1947. But I read India received ...
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Why won't UK Prime Ministers formally apologise for the Amritsar massacre?

A BBC article today recalls the trapping and shooting to death of 379 - 1000 Indian protesters by British troops in 1919. While Winston Churchill called it "monstrous" in 1920, David Cameron paid his ...
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Why Caste based political parties talking about secularism in India

Many political parties in India are either caste based or religion based. Some of them are Indian Union Muslim League BSP SP SNDP SDPI etc. etc. They work only for their caste/religion. But why ...
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How did India replace of pre 1947 currency?

As India and Pakistan got independence from British, there were British Indian currency in circulation. Was that currency banned/replaced in a similar fashion as demonetisation of 2016, where old ...
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Sino-Indian War of 1962

What was the reason behind Sino-Indian war of 1962? Was it a Communist invasion of Indian territory? Another version I heard was that it was the forward policy of India which provoked PRC for a war. ...
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Why is India gradually becoming a Hindu country?

Although late, the Indian constitution incorporated secularism in 1974, technically, India had no bar in functioning as a Hindu country, as according to Wikipedia, ... neither India's constitution ...
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Is retaining control of Jammu and Kashmir an example of sunk cost fallacy?

When Hari Singh requested India’s help after he was outnumbered by militants in Kashmir, why didn’t Indian leaders ask him to approach UN? Why did they swallow the mess of J&K instead? What did ...
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New trend of blaming the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) after losing the elections

I am a first year student of political science (Honours) and would like to understand about recent controversy about EVMs in India. Recently after the various election results in India it has become ...
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How can Indian government afford highly unpopular decisions such as banknote demonetisation?

This question deals with the consequences of 2016 Indian banknote demonetisation and it seems that this decision severely impacted dozens of millions of people (especially farmers). It is clear that ...
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Does Pakistan play a disproportionate role in Indian elections compared to the role India plays in Pakistani elections?

This question is inspired by this tweet, by the NYT South Asia correspondent Maria Abi-Habib: I'm always surprised by how big a role Pakistan plays in Indian elections. The BJP is now making Delhi ...
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Nationhood of Nepal and Bhutan, in Indian subcontinent [closed]

During the period around Independence, India, under Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel's programme to unite the subcontinent, was getting Princely states to accede to Union of India. There were around 570 ...
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Why is India called the biggest democratic country?

Why is India called the biggest democratic country? I have seen many other countries bigger than India that still follow voting mechanisms. Why is India called so?
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In what ground are Indian troops in Doklam against China right now?

Refer to this, and this report. This is a territorial dispute between Bhutan and China. According to the map, Doklam is not near the Indian border. There is no hard evidence that, Bhutan requested ...
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Has there been a movement to make US judicial appointments apolitical?

The judicial system in India and some other countries is independent of politics in the sense that it is not the party in power that influences who will be a Supreme Court judge, but judges among ...
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Why aren't constitutional duties legally binding in India?

Why are the Fundamental Duties mentioned in the Indian Constitution not legally binding? Also, is there not a need to make them so?
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Is it legal for a state government to pay legal fees of a minister allegedly involved in a corruption case?

In Kerala state of India, the previous government spent INR 35 lakhs (3.5 millions) as court/advocate/legal fees for a corruption case in which a minister was involved. The source of that fees is ...
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Why is there no separate law for husband in domestic violence in india?

There is a law for wife for domestic violence in India, but there is no law for husband for domestic violence. Here is the Wikipedia link for 498A which is used for Indian wives.

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