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Narendra Modi’s government is trying to silence US critics of its authoritarian turn — and it's succeeding.

India’s efforts include a handful of high-profile incidents, most notably an assassination plot against American and Canadian activists. But more commonly, India engages in subtle forms of harassment that fly under the public radar.

An American charity leader who spoke out on Indian human rights violations saw his Indian employees arrested en masse. An American journalist who worked on a documentary about India was put on a travel blacklist and deported. An American historian who studies 17th-century India received so many death threats that she could no longer speak without security. Even a member of Congress — and vocal critic of the Modi regime — said she was concerned about being banned from visiting her Indian parents.

“I’m always thinking about the impact on my family — for example, if there was some attempt to not allow me back into India,” says Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

In some ways, the Indian campaign is more brazen than Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. While no evidence has emerged that Russia threatened harm against American citizens and their family members, India has been caught doing so repeatedly.

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[-] FlyingSquid@lemmy.world 59 points 3 weeks ago

Why isn't the American right talking about this sort of "cancel culture?"

Oh boo-hoo, you got shadowbanned on Facebook? This journalist's father got arrested and sent to a military camp and told to tell his son to write nicer articles about India or else.

[-] 1stTime4MeInMCU@mander.xyz 19 points 3 weeks ago

I can’t help but think that part of many Americans indifference to this is their feeling that Indian Americans and residents don’t really count and they’re still more Indian than they are American, so it’s not great but isn’t the same as meddling with a “real” American. I feel like we saw something similar with Khashoggi’s execution. “Of course modi can interfere in their lives, they’re of Indian heritage…” as if they’d tolerate a European premier telling white Americans what to do or else

[-] NOT_RICK@lemmy.world 8 points 3 weeks ago

Yeah I don’t see the American right identifying with a person of south East Asian heritage enough to care.

[-] FlyingSquid@lemmy.world 2 points 3 weeks ago

I wouldn't be so sure...

There's always Vivek. It rhymes with cake.

Also, Dinesh D'Sousa.

[-] homesweethomeMrL@lemmy.world 1 points 3 weeks ago

This is literally the first I've heard of this (fwiw)

[-] RandomGuy79@lemmy.world 10 points 3 weeks ago

The only time I've ever gotten in trouble on instagram was for making a joke about how Indians don't use turn signals. Almost immediate account restriction for hate speech, but I'm in canada amd we've imported a lot.

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