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What the death of a Bollywood star says about life in Modi's India

New forms of dissent are emerging to challenge the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party

| India
Demonstrators hold placards during a protest demanding jobs on the occasion of Modi's 70th birth anniversary in New Delhi on Sep. 17: young people are finally speaking up.   © Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Charukesi Ramadurai is an Indian freelance journalist, currently living in Kuala Lumpur.

India crossed another grim milestone last Wednesday, surpassing five million total COVID-19 cases, less than two weeks after exceeding the four million-mark. On the same day, the death toll reached 82,066 with 1,290 new fatalities, the biggest single-day spike.

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