Editor’s choice: Top 10 India stories of 2011

December 30, 2011

From the launch of the world’s cheapest tablet to the superbug discovery in Delhi’s water, here’s a list of our favourite 10 India-related stories from an eventful 2011, in no particular order:


The extraordinary story of 66-year-old Ziona Chana who has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren in the year when the world’s population hit 7 billion.



2. Gandhi’s sexuality questioned

A book by Pulitzer prize-winning author Joseph Lelyveld caused anger in India after it suggested Mahatma Gandhi had a homosexual affair with a German bodybuilder.



3. Superbug in Delhi

Global concerns were raised when scientists said in a report that they had found a superbug in water supplies used by Delhi’s 14 million-strong population for drinking, washing and cooking.



4. Kerala’s hidden treasure

A Kerala temple immediately became a top tourist hotspot after treasure worth around one trillion rupees was unearthed.



5. World’s cheapest tablet

In the tech world, 2011 was the year the tablet went mainstream. India entered the mix by revealing the $35-dollar Aakash, the world’s cheapest tablet computer.



6. Prison business

Tihar Jail, the current home of ex-minister A Raja and site of jubilant scenes when Anna Hazare was released in August to continue his anti-graft hunger strike, sets up a flourishing business selling products ranging from potato chips to desks made by inmates.


7. Gender imbalance leads to wife-sharing

A harrowing story looking at the emergence of “wife-sharing” as a result of a decline in the population of women in some parts of the country.



8. Pune’s recycled school

Walls built from plastic bottles to a bus used as a classroom, a school in Pune aims to teach its 140 students environmental lessons.



9. Mayawati exposed by WikiLeaks

Love her or hate her, Mayawati filled column inches in 2011 and will continue to do so in the run up to state elections in 2012. The most memorable story on the influential dalit leader has to be the Wikileaks claim that she sent an empty jet to pick up her sandals.


10. Indian women world’s most stressed

Finally, a June story completes our list on a study that showed that an overwhelming majority of women in India feel stressed and have little time to relax.



(Compiled by Atish Patel)

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