India Insight

Love is in the air for Indians as V-Day police keep away

February 14, 2012

Conservative right-wing activists in India have their own version of how Valentine’s Day should be celebrated, if at all.

More than Lokpal, does Anna need a speech writer?

December 28, 2011

By Diksha Madhok

The self-styled crusader against corruption, the “modern Gandhi”  — Anna Hazare — has managed to pick on one of the most marginalized sections of Indian society. While pitching for a strong Lokpal Bill on Tuesday, Hazare resorted to an unfortunate idiom about childless women, when he said, “Banjh kya jaane prasuti vedana (what would an infertile woman know about labour pain)?”

‘Big brother’ college a ‘jail’ for gadget-loving girls

November 8, 2011

A Delhi University college has banned the use of cellphones or laptops in its hostels — a bewildering step in a university regarded as a role model for other educational institutions in India. Even more alarmingly, it is only the women students who are the receiving end of this diktat.