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Jan 20, 2013

India’s enigmatic Gandhi embraces politics in emotive speech

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi embraced his role as a leading contender for India’s next prime minister in a speech on Sunday that spoke of his family’s tragic history but yielded few clues about his views on politics and the economy.

Gandhi is heir to a dynasty that began with India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and is now headed by his mother, Sonia Gandhi, president of the ruling Congress party. His background and relative youth make him the party’s main hope for elections due next year in the world’s largest democracy.

Jan 20, 2013

India’s old leaders get hip to the young and the restless ahead of elections

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Scalded by spontaneous anti-rape and corruption protests near the seat of government in New Delhi, India’s ageing leaders are scrambling to win over an angry and influential young urban population ahead of elections due to be held by early next year.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 80, and Sonia Gandhi, the 66-year-old leader of the ruling Congress party, grappled with terms like “flash mob” and “Twitter” at a brainstorming meeting this weekend that focused on the new generation and growing social media.

Jan 14, 2013
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Millions of Hindus take to the Ganges at world’s largest religious festival

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(A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man applies ashes on his body after taking a dip during the first ‘Shahi Snan’ (grand bath) at the ongoing “Kumbh Mela”, or Pitcher Festival, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash)

Upwards of a million elated Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a bracing plunge in India’s sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins on Monday, in a raucous start to an ever-growing religious gathering that is already the world’s largest.

Jan 14, 2013

Millions of Hindus take to the Ganges at Maha Kumbh Mela

ALLAHABAD, India (Reuters) – Upwards of a million elated Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a bracing plunge in India’s sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins on Monday, in a raucous start to an ever-growing religious gathering that is already the world’s largest.

Once every 12 years, tens of millions of pilgrims stream to Allahabad from across India for the Maha Kumbh Mela, or Grand Pitcher Festival, at the point where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet with a third, mythical river.

Jan 14, 2013

Millions of Hindus take to the Ganges at largest festival

ALLAHABAD, India (Reuters) – Upwards of a million elated Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a bracing plunge in India’s sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins on Monday, in a raucous start to an ever-growing religious gathering that is already the world’s largest.

Once every 12 years, tens of millions of pilgrims stream to the small northern city of Allahabad from across India for the Maha Kumbh Mela, or Grand Pitcher Festival, at the point where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet with a third, mythical river.

Jan 13, 2013

Defendants’ lawyers in the spotlight in Delhi gang rape case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a grubby room, one wall lined with legal tomes, a father and his son leaf through thick case files in preparation for the trial of their lives – defending the main accused in a gang-rape that outraged India and caused shock waves around the world.

The small New Delhi legal firm, with its headquarters in a cramped office above a local bank, has been thrust into the international spotlight after being appointed to represent bus driver Ram Singh.

Jan 13, 2013

Defendants’ lawyers in the spotlight in Indian rape case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a grubby room, one wall lined with legal tomes, a father and his son leaf through thick case files in preparation for the trial of their lives – defending the main accused in a gang-rape that outraged India and caused shock waves around the world.

The small New Delhi legal firm, with its headquarters in a cramped office above a local bank, has been thrust into the international spotlight after being appointed to represent bus driver Ram Singh.

Jan 11, 2013

India rape accused hunted victim, aimed to kill: police

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The gang of men charged with the rape and murder of an Indian physiotherapy student deliberately tried to find a woman to rape and kill and ended the night with blood on their clothes, a police report seen by Reuters said.

Five men, along with a teenager who says he is under 18, gathered for dinner at a dwelling in a south Delhi slum on the evening of December 16 and there hatched the plot to find a target, according to the dossier given to court by the prosecution.

Jan 11, 2013

Rape accused hunted victim, aimed to kill – police

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The gang of men charged with the rape and murder of a physiotherapy student deliberately tried to find a woman to rape and kill and ended the night with blood on their clothes, a police report seen by Reuters said.

Five men, along with a teenager who says he is under 18, gathered for dinner at a dwelling in a south Delhi slum on the evening of December 16 and there hatched the plot to find a target, according to the dossier given to court by the prosecution.

Jan 9, 2013

Asaram Bapu’s view on Delhi rape raises anger, but shared by many

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Comments by spiritual leader Asaram Bapu that a gang rape victim shared blame for her assault disgusted many in a country shaken by the crime, but his view represents a deep streak of chauvinism shared by a broad swathe of a society in transition.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student and a male companion were left bleeding on a highway after she was raped and beaten on a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16. She died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital from internal injuries.