from India Insight:

Suffering and apathy in Jaipur: drivers ignore hit-and-run victims

April 15, 2013

"Murderously selfish India: Woman, baby die in terrible accident in Jaipur as husband, son beg passersby for help."

from Photographers' Blog:

Rushdie, Oprah and disappointment

By Altaf Bhat
January 25, 2012

By Altaf Bhat

When I set off from Delhi to cover the Jaipur Literature Festival (my first art beat assignment) I was full of enthusiasm as controversial British-Indian author Salman Rushdie was expected to participate in the event. I had planned a sequence of photographs on the growing "Lit Fest" but all my planning turned out to be the proverbial "castle in the air".

from India Insight:

Deep in the madding crowd at the Jaipur Lit Fest

January 24, 2011

It was a startling introduction to Asia’s largest literature festival for best-selling writer J.M. Coetzee, as he clambered over hundreds of people squeezed next to speakers, crouched next to seats, or sat on folded newspapers on the churned-up grass.
Jon Lee Anderson (R) talks about his best-selling book Che on the opening day of the 2011 DSC Jaipur Literature Festival
Coetzee, a notoriously reticent author who rarely appears in public, gingerly picked his way through the masses to reach the stage and address the Jaipur Literature Festival that has in seven years grown magnificently into a cultural must-visit, but requires careful cultivation to ensure its rapid rise can continue unabated.

from India Insight:

Does Indian literature owe its global success to the Raj?

January 18, 2011

As close to 50,000 people prepare to celebrate India's bulging roster of nationally and internationally renowned authors and poets at the seventh annual Jaipur Literary Festival, a public spat between its British organiser and an Indian magazine over allegations of perpetuating "a Raj that still lingers" threatens to ignite a decades-old debate over the role of colonial English in the country's literary success.

from India Insight:

Guilty until proven innocent? It doesn’t end there for some

September 5, 2008

Derided by the media and under pressure to show results following the series of terror attacks in the country, the security establishment recently announced a number of arrests relating to the explosions in Ahmedabad and Bangalore and the earlier ones in Jaipur.

from India Insight:

With Islamist militancy, has India passed the tipping point?

July 29, 2008

Victims of the bombings in AhmedabadThe bombings that killed 45 people in the communally sensitive city of Ahmedabad have shaken India's establishment. It is now sinking in that India faces homegrown Islamist militant groups operating with a scale and sophistication unheard of in
previous years.   

from India Insight:

Are Indian Muslims leading the way in condemning terror?

May 22, 2008

A man prays at the Nizamuddin shrine in New DelhiFor those Western critics that say Islam does not enough to to condemn terrorism, perhaps they should look at India, home to one of the world's biggest Muslim populations -- around 13 percent of mainly Hindu India's 1.1 billion people.

from Our Take on Your Take:

On the scene: In Jaipur

May 16, 2008

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By sending his newsworthy pictures from the Jaipur blasts in a timely fashion, Vinay Joashi saw his photos move on the Reuters Pictures wire service. The pictures were received shortly after the explosions, when there were only two pictures out on the wire from the scene. Vinay was contacted directly by the Reuters India photo staff to negotiate payment and terms of use.

from India Insight:

Timing of Jaipur blasts will raise suspicion of Pakistani hand

May 14, 2008

Are militants, or even hawks within the Pakistani establishment, trying to undermine the peace process with India, now that President Pervez Musharraf has removed his uniform and civilians are squabbling for power?