India Insight

‘I am very disillusioned.’ India’s film censor quits over ‘MSG’

January 16, 2015

India’s film censor board chief Leela Samson quit her post on Friday after a government tribunal reversed the board’s decision to prevent the release of a film about a Sikh religious leader for portraying him as a god, which they fear could offend other Sikhs.

A Minute With: Bipasha Basu

January 15, 2015

In an industry that typically sidelines actresses as they age, Bipasha Basu has reinvented herself, going from sex symbol to the queen of Bollywood horror movies, a genre that most mainstream stars avoid. Basu, 36, has found success in several horror films in recent years. Basu’s latest is a remake of the Thai film “Alone,” about a woman whose dead twin comes back to haunt her and her husband. She spoke to Reuters about the film, why she does horror, and her worst fear in real life.

Photos from the exhibition of the relics of St. Francis Xavier

By Karen Rebelo
January 5, 2015

Among the throngs of tourists who visited India’s beach state of Goa to usher in the new year, many visited for a different reason than the usual beach scene, raves and holiday revelry. Thousands upon thousands of Christians and people of other faiths braved the heat and long lines to view the relics of Saint Francis Xavier at church of the Bom Jesus Basilica in Old Goa. Francis Xavier’s body, which the faithful say has not fully decomposed since his death in 1552 has always attracted visitors to the former Portuguese colony.

Time for Indian bowlers to smell the coffee

January 4, 2015
India's Ishant Sharma bowls during the first cricket test match against England at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England July 11, 2014.   REUTERS/Philip Brown

India’s Ishant Sharma bowls during the first cricket test match against England at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England July 11, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown

Dhoni: the legacy of a cricket champion

December 31, 2014

India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni chases a pigeon off the pitch during the fifth cricket test match against England at the Oval cricket ground in London August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

(This essay is commentary. Opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters Corp.)

Revisiting Bangladesh, 43 years after the independence war

December 23, 2014

The Colonel WhoWhen Indian-born journalist Salil Tripathi visited Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall in Bangladesh two years ago, he noticed an epitaph that had “PAKISTANI” etched in bold on a memorial dedicated to students who were killed in the 1971 war of independence.

Russia’s ambassador to India: the quotable Alexander Kadakin

By Douglas Busvine
December 9, 2014

(Russian President Vladimir Putin is coming to India this week to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to discuss ways to improve relations. Moscow and New Delhi enjoyed warm ties during the days of the Soviet Union, when India was a member of a non-aligned bloc of nations. The friendship recently has become strained as India relies more on U.S. and French companies to meet its defence needs, something that chafes Russia as it deals with sanctions from western nations over Ukraine. Russia meanwhile has alarmed Indian public opinion with a recent visit by its defence minister to Pakistan. Russia’s ambassador Alexander Kadakin, a veteran diplomat first posted to New Delhi more than 40 years ago, discussed Putin’s visit at a press conference on Monday. Here are some of his remarks.

Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: Why men in India rape women

December 6, 2014

Demonstrators from All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the recent killings of two teenage girls, in New Delhi May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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 more than a year ago, but it seems like it’s time to add some new entries.

New venture hopes to bring dormant Indian plays to life

December 2, 2014

A new venture hopes to document and popularise Indian plays by turning them into movies. CinePlay, the brainchild of businessman Subodh Maskara, will film contemporary and older Indian plays, and make them available for viewing online as well as in cinemas.

Bulgari CEO: we shouldn’t have left India so we’re back

November 20, 2014

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Bulgari should never have left India three years ago, so it’s coming back, the chief executive of the Italian luxury jewellery and accessories company said in an interview on Thursday. Jean-Christophe Babin was in New Delhi on Thursday to attend the opening of the company’s flagship store in India.