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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

A bit of background is necessary. Recently India passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). It allows only non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to get citizenship ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

There is no one answer because some agencies are more efficient than others. For example, Medicare is much more efficient in processing and paying medical claims than private insurance companies are ...
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Why is India diverting its resources to build its second mission to Mars?

Are there any tangible benefits for India going to Mars with respect to common people? Rhetorical question: Are there any tangible benefits for India maintaining the Taj Majal with respect to the ...
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Is there any way for a country to get separated peacefully?

There is one good example of a peaceful separation of a state, and that is the "Velvet Divorce" where Czechoslovakia split into Czechia and Slovakia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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What does India gain nowadays by continuing to give asylum to the Dalai Lama?

India gains moral authority which enhances its "soft power". It also promotes goodwill with Buddhists of all kinds (not just Tibetan Buddhists) and other people who view the Dalai Lama as a ...
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What is the political justification by China and India for not participating in the sanctions against Russia?

First, please understand that China and India are sovereign nations, not in the EU, not in NATO. They do not need to take a position. Just because you say they do does not make it so. * Having said ...
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Why do Indian-Americans earn more than other ethnic groups in the US?

Why do Indian-Americans earn more than other ethnic groups in the US? First of all, this is a substantially true proposition: According to the latest US Census data, the Indians now have an average ...
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Is it accurate to compare the nuclearization of North Korea with that of Pakistan and India? Why or why not?

It is important to understand the vast geopolitical differences between the two situations of India and Pakistan developing nuclear weapons and North Korea developing nuclear weapons. India/Pakistan ...
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Why is there no willingness in the international community to step in between Pakistan and India?

why aren't more of the leading nations of the world stepping in to help make amends between these two countries and try to actively solve the recent Kashmir issue? Many of the “leading nations of the ...
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Why is it politically controversial that the President of India referred to herself as the "President of Bharat"?

The term has become controversial because of who is using it. There is a major political divide in India over the type of state it should be. This BBC news story has some of the background: Mohan ...
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What factors result in the West being more accepting of India's neutrality over the Ukraine war than China's?

Realpolitik wrt China likely motivates Western forbearance towards India. Long term, Russia is not, really, an existential problem to the West in general (of course, Russia's aggression is a ...
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How do countries justify their missile programs?

Longer range missiles could conceivably be sea-launched, as an SLBM, from a standoff position. Having a more capable platform would give that option. (India does have SLBMs but not necessarily of ...
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Does the British PM have the power to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond to India?

Not unilaterally, no. The Koh-i-Noor diamond is part of the Crown Jewels, owned by the sovereign in the right of the Crown. The Prime Minister has no executive power to seize Crown property, and would ...
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Why is the punishment for dowry crimes so severe in comparison to other forms of extortion?

Dowry, in India, is a deeply cultural thing. The general gist of dowry is that the bride's family must provide sufficient dowry to the groom's parents. The problem is that it is also associated with a ...
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Is it first time in history that ongoing war was halted for few hours to evacuate people?

According to more serious (but still Indian) sources relating on the matter (of this 2nd phone call), like The Hindu reporting of today, no such cessation was agreed. At best: Moscow is considering a ...
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Why would the government invest in creating skilled labor, and then send them to work overseas?

India is among the leading recipients of remittances, that is money sent home from workers abroad. A diaspora of highly-skilled, well-integrated emigrants might give India a good reputation in some of ...
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Is it accurate to compare the nuclearization of North Korea with that of Pakistan and India? Why or why not?

More nuclear powers mean less stability. There used to be two. Then five or possibly six. But France and the UK were closely allied with the US, so adding them to the mix didn't complicate things very ...
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Political purpose of Canada's prime minister publicly accusing India's government of being involved with killing a Canadian Sikh leader

Basically the same reasons that the U.S. made public the allegations of Saudi Arabia's royal family being involved in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he briefly visited ...
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Why has India abstained on the UNSC resolution on Russia in Ukraine?

Historically, India was a leading member of the Non-Aligned movement and one of the non-Marxist-Leninist states closest to the Soviet Union. Those relations laid the foundation for good India-Russia ...
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Why does India import power from neighbouring countries like Bhutan & Nepal when the Indian government has declared India as a power surplus nation?

Not all ways to generate electricity are equal. Some kinds of power are very dependent on time and weather (solar, wind and, surprisingly, nuclear power plants which sometimes need to throttle down ...
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Why doesn't India mass-produce COVID-19 vaccines?

Whether true or just politically convenient they have blamed the slow ramping of Covid vaccine production on the US banning exports of some necessary equipment and materials: The two main vaccine ...
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How did India and Pakistan avoid war when India accidentally launched a missile at Pakistan?

At present I cannot find any quotes that definitively nail down what the rationale of Pakistani leadership was for this particular event. There are some details and government responses that at least ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

President Obama gave a speech at Carnegie Mellon in 2016 where he responded a bit to the idea that government should be run more like a Silicon Valley business, which often comes up when government ...
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Do feminists oppose sex-selective abortion?

I wonder if there is a branch of feminism which has taken up the cause against sex-selective abortion? All branches of feminism are against infanticide, and many are against sex-selective abortions. ...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

The Citizenship Act of 2019 gives refugees who have fled persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan a path to Indian citizenship, but it only applies to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, ...
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Why has India suddenly decided to change its non-aligned posture?

The term "non-aligned" (as opposed to simply "neutral") is an historical product of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which in turn was a response to the Cold War. Although the NAM ...
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Why is India diverting its resources to build its second mission to Mars?

Firstly "glory" is not nothing. When the Indian Cricket team beat England, people are happy, and being happy is good. That joy is a tangible benefit for people. Modi says When our cricket ...
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Why is India diverting its resources to build its second mission to Mars?

@JamesK and @DavidHammen answers are pretty good, but there is still another important aspect: Space technology and military technology are pretty much interconnected. By developing a space industry, ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

Just like anything else, most things humans do arise out of incentives. A private company employee has incentive to be efficient because if they are not, their manager has incentives to fire them, ...
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Why was there a man holding an Indian Flag during the insurrection at the US Capitol?

Well, The Indian Express interviewed the man waving the flag, who appears to be a member of the Virginia Republican Party’s State Central Committee. The flag bearer was later identified as 54-year-...
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