India Insight

Dry river fails to dampen Kumbh Mela spirit in Ujjain

May 20, 2016

Baburam Shakya, 73, took his fifth Simhasth Kumbh dip last month in Ujjain, a feat not many can boast of given it takes place once every 12 years.

Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: why rape happens in India

April 13, 2016

The 2012 Delhi bus rape case and an ever-longer list of rapes and murders in India have prompted politicians and public figures in India to cite plenty of implausible reasons why rape happens and why men brutalise women or portray women in ways that suggest they had it coming. Many people, when speaking out, tend to minimise the crime or rationalise it in ways that sound ludicrous to many. We created this list of such comments a few years ago, but it seems like it’s time to add some new entries.

Q&A with Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog

January 19, 2016

By Manoj Kumar and Douglas Busvine

India has every chance of becoming an export powerhouse, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s top economic adviser Arvind Panagariya told Reuters, despite an ill wind blowing from China that has hurt the ability of Asia’s third-largest economy to compete.

Movie Review: Chalk n Duster

January 15, 2016

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

It would require some skill and powers of persuasion to get two of India’s best actresses on board and then go on to direct them in what is a singularly mediocre and amateurish film.

The best and worst of Bollywood in 2015

December 24, 2015

Cinema goers watch the Bollywood movie "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" inside Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

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Being gay and ‘No One Else’ in India and the USA

December 8, 2015

Siddharth Dube’s latest book, “No One Else – A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex,” is more than a memoir of a gay man’s life growing up in India and the United States. It is also a firsthand account of the lives of sexual minorities in these two countries during the 1980s, a time when being gay for many meant living in fear – of disease, abuse and public scorn.

Glimpses of Indian Buddhist art

December 1, 2015
First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E (north-west part of undivided India) Indian Museum, Kolkata

First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E., Loriyan Tangai (north-west part of undivided India)

‘Aligarh’ rooted in reality of homophobia in India

October 21, 2015

Marathi-language professor Shrinivas Siras killed himself in 2010, a few days after Aligarh Muslim University suspended him for having consensual sex with a man.

The man who made a policeman – and a smashed typewriter – go viral

September 23, 2015

Ashutosh Tripathi was having breakfast at a Lucknow eatery when he spotted a policeman threatening vendors and workers outside a city post office. The photojournalist took out his camera and started clicking as the policeman smashed the typewriter of an elderly man.

When India’s bowlers earned their stripes

September 4, 2015

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The test series (2-1) victory against Sri Lanka was truly impressive. It didn’t begin on a promising note though.