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    India’s lockdown: Narratives of inequality and Islamophobia

    India is now one month into the world’s biggest lockdown. Just hours before it was announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with media owners and editors and asked them to “serve as a link between the government and people” – in other words, to produce positive news stories. Simple request or tacit warning?

    The pandemic has also exacerbated a chronic condition in Indian news media – Islamophobia. Some outlets have even accused Muslims of creating and spreading the virus, a hateful narrative that not only plays right into the hands of Modi’s BJP government, but also leaves millions bereft of potentially lifesaving information.

    Contributors:

    Pragya Tiwari – Delhi-based writer

    Betwa Sharma – politics editor, HuffPost India

    Barkha Dutt – editor, Mojo

    Arfa Khanum Sherwani – senior editor, The Wire

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    Portrait of a pandemic: Capturing the spaces we call home

    Lockdown has changed everything – millions have been confined to their homes and public spaces have been left deserted. While journalists, like everyone else, have struggled to adapt to new and unprecedented working conditions, photojournalists have found opportunity amid the adversity.

    The Listening Post’s Flo Phillips talks to three photographers – each with a unique perspective on life under lockdown – and how it has changed the way we inhabit the spaces in which we live.

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    Phil Penman – photographer

    Ravi Choudhary – photographer, Press Trust of India
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