10 must-reads for today

Communist writer and poet P. Varavara Rao, who was arrested on Tuesday in Hyderabad, India, was one of the five activists nabbed.
Communist writer and poet P. Varavara Rao, who was arrested on Tuesday in Hyderabad, India, was one of the five activists nabbed.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

1 Ire over arrests in India

Indian police have detained five civil rights activists accused of having links with Maoist rebels and for inciting violence following raids on Tuesday. The arrest of the five, including Communist writer and poet P. Varavara Rao, has led to national outrage and raised questions about whether the space for dissent is shrinking in the world's largest democracy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2018, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe