Is India the frontline in big tech’s assault on democracy?

Social media such as WhatsApp may enable voters, but encrypted messaging polarises them and blocks public scrutiny

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In India’s election race Narendra Modi isn’t the strongman the world assumes

The country’s massive diversity means the Hindu nationalist leader needs to do more than threaten war with Pakistan

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Labour must prepare itself now for a second referendum

A people’s vote will be painful and dangerous. But Labour should be ready – and avoid the mistakes of the 2016 campaign

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Myanmar’s jailing of journalists is a serious blow to press freedom

The media is under serious attack in many places, some close to home. We must be loud and persistent in our protests

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Sexy selfies may be lucrative – but they won’t overthrow the patriarchy

A study of #hot tags on Instagram says it’s about women maximising their lot, but nudity is about control by men

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The Guardian view on Pakistan’s elections: Imran Khan’s real test is coming

Opposition parties rejected the outcome even before official results were in. What will Mr Khan do – and be able to do – with the victory he has just claimed?

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Cashless future far from certain

Cash will continue to be a universal form of payment, says Tim Halford, and Hilary Chivall warns against society being totally dependent on electricity for online transactions

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Cliff Richard and freedom of the press

Readers respond after Cliff Richard wins £210,000 in damages over BBC privacy case

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The Guardian view on England’s World Cup: savour the wins, learn from the defeat

Fans were giddy with hope for Gareth Southgate’s team. While losing hurts, it doesn’t have to be bitter

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The Guardian view on attitudes to immigration: focus on people, not numbers

Politicians who thrive on fear want us to forget that immigration is a story of humanity and hope. That story must be retold

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Sajid Javid’s counter-terrorism plans risk Britain’s freedom

The new home secretary is close to capitulating to terrorism’s prime goal – undermining the liberties and dignities of the state

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The Guardian view on the Nobel prize for literature: a discredited authority

The Swedish Academy, the self-perpetuating oligarchy that awards Nobel prizes in literature, has imploded. Should we care?

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The Guardian view on bombing Syria: a decision for parliament

Theresa May has decided to break with parliamentary convention and not seek approval from MPs for military action. This is a mistake

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The Guardian view on the BBC: we should cherish and defend it

The BBC has myriad faults, and frequently stumbles in its aim for impartiality. But it represents a valuable and increasingly fragile public space. And for that it must be treasured

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Ways to step up the fight against global antimicrobial resistance

Decision-makers must acknowledge the pivotal role that water, sanitation and hygiene play in preventing infection, writes WaterAid’s Margaret Batty. Meanwhile Matt Ball of the The Good Food Institute says moving to plant-based and clean meat is the best thing we can do to avoid pandemics of antibiotic-resistant superbugs

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