from India Insight:

Dharavi’s once-booming leather industry losing its edge

April 1, 2014

A busy street in Asia’s largest slum Dharavi leads to a quiet lane where Anita Leathers operates its colouring unit. As children play near shops that sell everything from mobile phones and garments to raw meat and sweets, the mood at the leather unit is sombre.

from India Insight:

Markets this quarter: Sensex gains 5.7 percent, L&T surges 19 percent

March 31, 2014

By Aditya Kalra and Sankalp Phartiyal

Indian shares posted record highs in March as strong foreign buying sent blue-chip stocks such as Larsen & Toubro higher and boosted overall investor sentiment ahead of a general election.

from India Insight:

Photo gallery: Best of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

March 31, 2014

Traditional Indian wear with the latest trends dominated the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) in New Delhi.

from India Insight:

No anti-Muslim ideology in party – BJP’s Anurag Thakur

March 31, 2014

Many people see Anurag Thakur, 39, as the youthful face of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition to the Congress party-led government and the party of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi. He is the son of the former chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, and was named one of the World Economic Forum’s global young leaders this year.

from Compass:

Putin’s action is no surprise

By Nader Mousavizadeh
March 28, 2014

Surprise is the least forgivable sin of statecraft. Yet nothing has so characterized the Ukraine crisis as the West's continuing surprise at Russia's behavior.

from India Insight:

Accomplished women in India face higher risk of domestic violence: study

March 27, 2014

Women in India who are more educated than their husbands, earn more or are the sole earners in their families face a higher risk of domestic violence than women who are more dependent on their partners, according to a new study.

from The Great Debate:

Combatting TB 2.0

By Jose Luis Castro
March 24, 2014

Earlier this month, health officials in Los Angeles confirmed they are treating a patient for extensively drug resistant tuberculosis -- a deadly form that does not respond to most of the antibiotics. The United States is one of 100 countries that have reported cases of “XDR-TB” since it was discovered in South Africa less than a decade ago.

from India Insight:

Markets this week: M&M, GAIL top Sensex losers

March 21, 2014

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Ankush Arora

India’s benchmark indexes ended lower this week after scaling fresh peaks on Tuesday. The Sensex ended the week down 0.26 percent in its second consecutive week of falls. Indian markets were shut on Monday for a public holiday.

from Expert Zone:

India’s democratic pageant

By Shashi Tharoor
March 14, 2014

(This piece comes from Project Syndicate. The opinions expressed are the author's own)

from Global Investing:

Indian shares: disappointment may lurk

March 10, 2014

Should Indian shares really be at record highs?

The index is up 3.6 percent this year. Foreign funds have been pouring money into Mumbai shares, betting that the opposition BJP, seen as more reform-friendly than the incumbent Congress, will form the next government. They purchased $420 million worth of Indian stocks last Friday, having bought $1.4 billion over the past 15 trading sessions.