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Oct 11, 2012
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Watch your mouth: indignation at every turn

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When you’re in a khap, you can say whatever you want, but it has to be pretty outrageous to annoy people beyond the city limits. One idea that has cleared the bar? Lowering the minimum marriage age to prevent girls from being raped.

“Boys and girls should be married by the time they turn 16 years old, so that they do not stray …this will decrease the incidents of rape.”

May 30, 2012
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Why is Team Anna targeting the PM?

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A combative Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said he would quit politics if charges of corruption in allocating coal blocks, levelled against him by Gandhian activist Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption team, are proved.

Singh has been criticised in the past for not doing enough to curb corruption in the government, but the one thing that has never been questioned, even by his detractors, is his integrity.

May 8, 2012

Manish Arora says it’s all about the product

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian designers are famous for their elaborate embroideries and rich textiles but have yet to come up with products to woo the world’s fashion hotspots in the West, says Manish Arora, the international face of India’s fashion industry.

Known for his colourful and psychedelic designs, Arora is the only Indian who is a regular at the Paris Fashion Week, and boasts of celebrity clients such as singers Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

May 8, 2012

‘India’s Galliano’ says it’s all about the product

NEW DELHI, May 8 (Reuters) – Indian designers are famous for
their elaborate embroideries and rich textiles but have yet to
come up with products to woo the world’s fashion hotspots in the
West, says Manish Arora, the international face of India’s
fashion industry.

Known for his colourful and psychedelic designs, Arora is
the only Indian who is a regular at the Paris Fashion Week, and
boasts of celebrity clients such as singers Lady Gaga, Katy
Perry, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

Apr 27, 2012
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India needs a tough hostage policy

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The abductions of two Italians and two government officials by Maoist guerrillas in just over a month must have left Indian authorities with a sense of déjà vu as they search for ways to end the cycle of negotiations and eventual accession to demands made by the rebels.

For the Maoists, who say they are fighting for people left out of India’s economic boom, the tactic of taking hostages instead of engaging soldiers brings huge dividends — obtaining freedom for jailed comrades and suspension of military ‘combing’ operations in areas controlled by them.

Apr 17, 2012
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The beef against beef in multi-cultural India

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A ‘beef-eating festival’ in most parts of Hindu-majority India was always going to be considered provocative.

Clashes and a stabbing sparked tension at Hyderabad’s Osmania University when a group of students demanded the inclusion of beef in the hostel menu.

Apr 10, 2012
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Fashion and the church: Trousers for men only?

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When in church, wear what the preacher tells you. So says the Synod Executive Committee, a decision-making body of the largest church in the north-eastern Indian state of Mizoram.

All women attending places of worship should refrain from wearing see-through dresses, clothes that expose the breasts or are too tight-fitting — and trousers — according to a dress code prescribed for Presbyterian Church of India members. The guidelines also say men must wear clean shoes and respectable suits.

Mar 7, 2012
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Is the outraged Indian over-sensitive or culturally prudent?

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Protests are as common in India as the ‘Singh’ surname in the national hockey team.

On the face of it, it’s one indicator of a free society where every citizen can get his voice heard. But agitations like the recent one against a film crew for recreating parts of Chandigarh to look like a Pakistani city seem to create an impression of misplaced priorities (and some would say too much free time for the protesters).

Oct 14, 2011
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ISI certified, but failing to live up to standard?

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Go to any market and you will find many products ranging from cosmetics to food and heavy industrial materials sport ISI or ISO certification tags, indicating that they are safe for use and assure a certain level of quality.

Even cheap toys from wholesale markets, which on face value alone look like brittle recycled plastic, can be seen with a ‘quality’ tag, giving one a feeling that the mark is being easily used and abused by unscrupulous manufacturers.

Oct 12, 2011

Festival cheer rings diabetes alarm for Indians

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – It’s festival season in India, with the celebrations providing a perfect opportunity for family outings, late-night parties and customary feasting on sweets.

But health experts warn that the festivities, coupled with genetic predisposition and lifestyle changes brought about by the increasing prosperity of the middle class, is contributing to the country being called the world’s “diabetes capital,” with the highest number of diabetics in any nation.