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Feb 2, 2012

India’s Swamy, sworn enemy of the ruling Congress

MUMBAI, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Mobbed by cameramen and with
two fingers raised in a victory salute, Subramanian Swamy stood
before India’s Supreme Court on Thursday, flushed with the
vindication of an unrelenting legal campaign aimed at the
country’s most powerful politicians.

A publicity-hungry former minister and disgraced Harvard
professor who is exalted by his Hindu nationalist followers as a
crusading hero, Swamy has waged a decades-long war against the
ruling Congress party and the Nehru-Gandhi family at its heart.

Jan 29, 2012

India still a foreign investment hot spot-E&Y

MUMBAI, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Foreign direct investment
in India is set to swell in coming years as investors stomach a
lack of transparency, poor infrastructure and policy paralysis
in their search for growth, professional services firm Ernst &
Young (E&Y) said in a report.

Overseas investment in Asia’s third-largest economy rose for
the first time in three years in 2011, the report noted, as
global investors put their faith in rising salaries, an
expanding middle-class and a large and cheap labor force.

Jan 24, 2012

Rushdie Jaipur speech cancelled amid death threats

JAIPUR (Reuters) – The Jaipur Literature Festival cancelled a televised speech by Salman Rushdie minutes before it was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, amid death threats to its organiser and fears of violent protests at the event by Muslim groups.

The issue of British-Indian author Rushdie, who cancelled his visit to Asia’s largest literature festival due to assassination threats, has overshadowed the event. Muslim groups protested against his invitation and other authors accused the government of suppressing free speech.

Jan 24, 2012

Rushdie speech at Jaipur cancelled amid death threats, protests

JAIPUR (Reuters) – The Jaipur Literature Festival cancelled a televised speech by Salman Rushdie minutes before it was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, amid death threats to its organiser and fears of violent protests at the event by Muslim groups.

The issue of British-Indian author Rushdie, who cancelled his visit to Asia’s largest literature festival due to assassination threats, has overshadowed the event.

Jan 24, 2012

Jaipur Festival: Dalrymple gets death threat as Rushdie speech looms

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – The director of Asia’s largest literature festival received a death threat hours before Salman Rushdie was set to address the event on Tuesday, though organisers confirmed that the author would still speak using a video link.

The issue of British-Indian author Rushdie, who cancelled his visit to the festival due to assassination threats, has overshadowed the event. Muslim groups protested against his invitation and other authors accused the government of suppressing free speech.

Jan 24, 2012

India book event gets death threat as Rushdie speech looms

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – The director of Asia’s largest literature festival received a death threat hours before Salman Rushdie was set to address the event on Tuesday, though organizers confirmed that the author would still speak using a video link.

The issue of British-Indian author Rushdie, who cancelled his visit to the festival due to assassination threats, has overshadowed the event. Muslim groups protested against his invitation and other authors accused the government of suppressing free speech.

Jan 23, 2012

India’s Maruti says worst over after weak Q3

Jan 23 (Reuters) – Maruti Suzuki, India’s
biggest carmaker, assured investors the worst was over after
strikes and an industry-wide sales slowdown resulted in a
worse-than-expected drop in quarterly profit, pushing up its
stock by more than six percent.

Maruti, which was producing every other car sold in India
this time last year, has seen its dominant market share cut as
strikes last summer brought its factories to a standstill and an
industry-wide slowdown hit its key small-car segment hardest.

Jan 22, 2012

Oprah charms “chaotic” India at Jaipur literature fest

JAIPUR (Reuters) – Amid raucous cheers from thousands of admirers, television superstar Oprah Winfrey praised the contrast of calm and chaos in India at the annual Jaipur Literature Festival fast becoming a global cultural gala.

Considered one of the world’s most influential women, Winfrey lived up to her billing as the headline draw at an event boasting literary giants such as Tom Stoppard, Michael Ondaatje and Richard Dawkins, charming the crowds on Sunday morning.

Jan 22, 2012

Oprah Winfrey charms “chaotic” India at book event

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Amid raucous cheers from thousands of admirers, television superstar Oprah Winfrey praised the contrast of calm and chaos in India at the region’s largest literature festival fast becoming a global cultural gala.

Considered one of the world’s most influential women, Winfrey lived up to her billing as the headline draw at an event boasting literary giants such as Tom Stoppard, Michael Ondaatje and Richard Dawkins, charming the crowds on Sunday morning.

Jan 21, 2012

Chetan Bhagat says banned writers not “heroes”

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Best-selling Indian writer Chetan Bhagat on Saturday criticised the support leant to authors whose books are banned for offending religious communities, a day after Salman Rushdie cancelled his trip to Jaipur citing death threat warning.

Bhagat, whose five novels have sold around 6 million copies, condemned the banning of texts at the Jaipur Literature Festival but criticised people who proclaim their writers as heroes for upholding the right to free speech.