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“Om-washing” sanitises India’s brutal track record in Kashmir

In August 2019, Modi’s government revoked the semi-autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir.

That was followed by a crackdown. Political activity was banned, politicians were placed under house arrest and the internet was choked.

Meanwhile, the Indian army posts photos of its soldiers in yoga poses, and we are told that China is all bad and India is all good.

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In George Orwell’s 1949 novel nineteen-eighty-four, the world is divided into three superstates Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia, who are all fighting each other in a perpetual war in a disputed area mostly located around the equator.

All that Oceania’s citizens know about the world is whatever their…

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