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Jan 26, 2011

Inflation-hit poor feel short-changed in rising India

By David Lalmalsawma

LIBBAR HARI, India (Reuters Life!) – Bhola Nath doesn’t care much for India’s growth story.

Not when the 65-year-old migrant brick kiln worker has stopped buying onions and garlic, key food staples for Indian families, and manages to save just 1,000 rupees ($22) per month to send his family of five back home due to the ever-increasing prices of food and other basic commodities.

Aug 29, 2010
via The Great Debate (India)

Do you like the Commonwealth Games theme song?

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Oscar winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman on Saturday launched the theme song for Commonwealth Games 2010, which will be held in Delhi October 3-14.

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Rahman, who performed the song titled “Jiyo, Utho, Bado, Jeeto” to a cheering crowd, said he hoped “people like it and it becomes the spirit of whole Commonwealth Games.”

Aug 25, 2010
via India Insight

Manipur blockade highlights India’s northeast dilemma

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An entire state held to ransom for the past three months. And a central government that seems helpless to stop it.

Naga groups on Tuesday said they were extending for another 25 days their blockade of the two highways linking landlocked Manipur to the rest of the country.

Jul 16, 2010
via India Insight

Are there too many sacred topics in India?

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Protests and television debates on the apex court’s decision to OK  the publication of a book on Maratha ruler Shivaji, banned in 2004 by the Maharashtra government, has put India back in the spotlight on the question of freedom of expression.

India is secular and a democracy but a country with a billon-plus population — consisting of hundreds of tribes, clans and castes following myriad beliefs — can be pretty fickle when it comes to defining ‘sensitive’ topics and easily susceptible to parochial politics.

May 3, 2010
via India Insight

Is the Kasab verdict a victory for India’s judiciary?

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Almost a year and a half since the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, Ajmal Kasab, the lone gunman captured during the three-day rampage, has been sentenced to death by a special court.

“He shall be hanged by the neck till he is dead,” Judge M.L. Tahilyani said at a special court as Kasab sat with his head bowed, occasionally wiping his eyes with the back of his hand and then covering his ears with his fingers.

May 3, 2010
via The Great Debate (India)

Does Kasab deserve the death penalty?

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A Mumbai court on Thursday sentenced to death Pakistani citizen Mohammad Ajmal Kasab over the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people.

Does he deserve the death penalty?

Should India now train its guns on Kasab’s alleged handlers in Pakistan, even at the cost of derailing the peace process with its neighbour?

Apr 12, 2010
via India Insight

Will anti-torture law have the desired effect?

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Just days after 76 security personnel were killed by Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh, a long-pending bill to prevent torture has been cleared by the cabinet for introduction in parliament, which aims to align Indian law with the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

Activists have for years demanded ratification of the 1984 U.N. convention, which India signed 13 years ago, to curb alleged brutalities by state agencies especially in disturbed areas like Jammu and Kashmir, the North East and the “red corridor” where Maoists operate.

Apr 3, 2010
via India Insight

What’s love got to do with caste, class or countries?

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Love and marriage have always been subjected to societal norms in most communities and this is especially true in India with its myriad structures of caste, class and a historical rich-poor divide.

The recent media glare on honour killings in northern India put the spotlight on the traditional system of local “khap” councils, who do not allow persons from the same sub-caste or lineage to marry.

Mar 29, 2010
via India Masala

Fashion diary – clothes, controversies and a finale that wasn’t

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Fashion consciousness has grown in a big way in the last 3-4 years, a fashion analyst told me. And judging by the crowds that throng the week-long Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, it would seem that most middle class citizens, given a chance (or a day pass) want to have a piece of the fashion fraternity tag on their chest, whether they have any clue about couture or not.

The question of affordability or even wearability of the sometimes outlandish designs for the common man on Indian streets is another question.

Mar 29, 2010
via India Masala

WIFW 2010: INTERVIEW – Rahul Mishra

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Designer Rahul Mishra speaks to Reuters on the sidelines of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

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