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Wednesday, February 10 2021


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The President underscored his desire to defend democratic institutions and norms around the world and noted that a shared commitment to democratic values is the bedrock for the US-India relationship.

That’s from a White House read-out of the conversation between President Biden and PM Modi. Much is being made of this one line—especially since it was apparently missing from the Indian version.

Big Story

The big squeeze on free speech

The TLDR: A flurry of news stories—when taken together—reveal the shrinking space for free speech in the country. Be it the tax raids on NewsClick, pressuring Twitter into submission or a new program for volunteer spies, the government is making it crystal clear that it will not tolerate anyone who crosses the official line—especially on the internet.

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